LARAMIE — A 28-5 run in the first half from the Colorado State Rams (16-5 overall, 8-2 MW) was too much for the Wyoming women’s basketball team (9-11 overall, 4-6 MW) to overcome as it suffered a 67-58 loss on Wednesday night in Ft. Collins.
Three of four starters finished the night in double-figures led by junior Jordan Kelley. She recorded a career-high 22 points along with five rebounds in 36 minutes of play. Junior guard Marquelle Dent followed with 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists, while senior forward Kayla Woodward added ten points and a team-high eight rebounds. Wyoming shot 21-of-44 (.477) from the field including 10-of-17 (.588) in the second half plus 6-of-17 (.353) from beyond the arc. The Cowgirls also out-rebounded the Rams, 29-22.
“Jordan (Kelley) had a great night, played both ends of the floor and made plays throughout the game to keep us in it,” head coach Joe Legerski said. “I was proud of how we pulled to within four with three minutes to go, but a turnover prevented us getting any closer.”
Four Rams finished the night in double-digits led by AJ Newton with 17 points followed by Elin Gustavsson with 14 and five rebounds. Emilie Hesseldal recorded 12 points while Ellen Nystrom added ten. Colorado State shot 25-of-52 (.481) from the field and had 17 assists.
Out of the break, Ryder was fouled and hit three free throws to make the lead 36-25 for Colorado State. Six straight by the Cowgirls including four by Woodward to close the gap to five, 36-31. The Rams responded with a 7-0 run to increase their advantage to 12, 43-31. Started by a three from Mileto, Wyoming cut into the deficit with 11 of the next 15 points to pull within five, 47-42, with 9:57 left in the game.
After a basket by Newton, the Cowgirls inched even closer with two big threes from Dent and Kelley making it a four-point contest, 55-51. Unfortunately, they had an opportunity to make it a one possession game, turned the ball over followed by a Hesseldel three increased the lead back to seven, 58-51, with under four minutes to go in the game. The Cowgirls only managed to score seven points the remainder of the way as Wyoming lost by the final of 67-58.
Kelley got the Cowgirls on the board first by scoring the first five points of the game. Hesseldel hit a three to put the Rams in the scoring column. Wyoming responded with a 9-2 run to extend the lead to nine, 14-5. A field goal from AJ Newton would end a couple minute scoring drought for CSU and started a 14-0 run to take a five-point lead, 19-14.
Freshman Natalie Baker scored a layup to end a six-minute scoreless stretch for the Cowgirls to pull them to within three, 19-16. The Rams increased the lead to double-figures, 33-19, by scoring 14 of the next 17 points. In the final 1:37 of the half, Wyoming scored six unanswered to trail going into the locker room, 33-25.
Kelley led the way with 11 points and three rebounds. Jordan Sibrel finished with four points followed by Dent and Mileto with three each. Dent also finished with a team-high four rebounds. The Cowgirls shot 11-of-27 (.407) from the field and 3-of-11 (.273) from beyond the arc.
The Cowgirls are back in action on Saturday as they host the Air Force Falcons. The game is set for 2 p.m. MT in the Arena-Auditorium. It’s the annual Walk for Women and Play 4 Kay game. All fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game.