FT. COLLINS, Colo. — The Wyoming women’s basketball (18-7 overall, 10-4 MW) suffered a disappointing loss, 61-54, against the league-leading Colorado State Rams (20-6 overall, 12-2 MW) on Wednesday night.
Junior Liv Roberts led the way for the Cowgirls with 20 points and six rebounds. Fellow junior Natalie Baker finished with 11 points and six rebounds followed by senior Hailey Ligocki with ten points. Wyoming shot 22-49 (.449) from the field and 5-11 (.455) from the charity stripe. The two teams each recorded 28 boards, but UW committed 12 turnovers.
“I thought it was a great game between two of the top teams in the league,” head coach Joe Legerski said. “Nobody was going to give in. We did a better job defensively in the second half, but the game came down to the fourth quarter. When you take a look at it they went 7-12 and we went 3-8 and missed some easy shots. I told the group, everybody needs to step up, needs to play at their best. We move on, the games keep coming and we will have to get back to work tomorrow.”
Colorado State was led by senior Elin Gustavsson who recorded a game-high 26 points along with eight rebounds. Fellow senior Ellen Nystrom chipped in 18 points and a game-high nine rebounds. The Rams were 26-52 (.500) from the field and scored 13 points off the Cowgirl turnovers.
Two straight baskets by Roberts out of the break would tie up the game at 33 all. The two teams would combine for 12 points over the next several minutes until a basket by freshman Taylor Rusk gave Wyoming its first lead since the first half, 41-39. With it all tied up at 43, Roberts hit a basket with time winding down to put the Cowgirls ahead 45-43 after three. The Rams scored the next eight points to regain a 51-45 advantage to begin the quarter. Four points by Baker closed the gap to four, 53-49, but Wyoming didn’t have enough down the stretch and came up short 61-54.
Wyoming got off to a quick start shooting 3-3 from the field to pull ahead 7-2 in the early going. The Rams responded with a 9-0 run take its first lead, 11-7. Ligocki hit a basket to end a five-minute scoreless stretch for the Cowgirls but CSU scored six of the final eight to take a 17-11 advantage after one. UW shot 5-14 (.357) from the field. Roberts hit a three to begin the second frame, which was answered with eight unanswered to extend the CSU lead to double-figures, 25-14. A jumper by sophomore Marta Gomez ended the run and the Cowgirls would close the deficit to six, 27-21, with 4:11 on the clock. The Rams quickly got the score back to ten, 31-21. Wyoming battled back and closed the gap with an 8-2 run to go down by four, 33-29, headed into the locker room.
Roberts led the way with 12 points and three rebounds. Ligocki had six points followed by freshman Taylor Rusk with five points. The Cowgirls shot 12-27 (.444) from the field and 4-8 (.500) from beyond the arc. CSU was led by Gustavsson with 18 points and four rebounds. Nystrom followed with ten points and five boards. The Rams were 14-26 (.538) from the field.
Wyoming will return home to close out the week welcoming the Boise State Broncos. The game is set for 2 p.m. MT at the Arena-Auditorium. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game.
In conjunction with the game, the University of Wyoming Athletics Department is hosting the 13th Annual Walk for Women on Saturday at War Memorial Fieldhouse. Along with the walk, a silent auction will be held with all proceeds from the event directly benefit the Play 4Kay Foundation. The walk will be held in the Fieldhouse at 11:30 a.m., with registration set to begin at 10:30 a.m. The cost is $25 per person or $15 for UW students and youth (6th grade and under). Fans are encouraged to sign-up early as the cost will be $35 on the day of the walk. All participants will receive a water bottle and lunch along with a ticket to the Wyoming vs. Boise State women’s basketball game at 2 p.m. MT. Walk for Women t-shirts can also be purchased for an additional $10. Registration can be completed at GoWyo.com or the University of Wyoming Athletics Department. For further information, please visit GoWyo.com or contact Felicia Read at (307) 766-2464 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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