Cowgirls Continue Recent Roll With Win at Nevada
The Wyoming Cowgirls have their longest winning streak since 2009 thanks to a 72-59 comeback win at Nevada last Saturday night in Reno.
Wyoming (13-3, 5-0) has won seven straight and continues to lead the Mountain West women’s basketball standings.
Head coach Joe Legerski in a release from the University of Wyoming said,
“We had too many turnovers in the first half with 15 and 12 coming in the first quarter. We shot well from the field, just didn’t hang on to the basketball. We made the adjustment to our spread offense, which took away the standing around in the motion. Then the first four to six minutes of the third quarter, we came out strong defensively and made some big shots.”
The Cowgirls struggled with 12 turnovers in the first quarter and trailed by four, 17-13. They fought their way to a 33-32 lead by halftime. Wyoming dominated the third quarter with a 9-0 run at the start of the second half. UW out-scored Nevada 19-8 in the frame for a 52-40 lead. Wyoming eventually pushed their advantage to 18 points, at 67-49.
Four Cowgirls scored in double figures led by junior’s Natalie Baker and Liv Roberts. They both posted double-doubles. It was the second straight for Baker with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Roberts led UW with 17 points and 11 boards. Hailey Ligocki added 14 points, while Marta Gomez chipped in 13 off the bench. Wyoming shot 55.6 percent from the floor. That included 9-of-15 (60%) from beyond the arc. The Cowgirls also held a 33-22 edge on the glass and overcame 22 turnovers in the game.
Nevada (6-10, 0-5) was led by AJ Cephas with 11 points. The Wolfpack shot 43 percent in the game. They had 14 turnovers that led to 17 points for Wyoming.
The Cowgirls return home for their next two games. Next up is San Jose State on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at the AA in Laramie. Game time is 6:30 p.m.