Cowgirls Season Comes to a Close
The Wyoming Cowgirls lost their first round game at the 2016 Mountain West Basketball Championships to San Diego State, 62-44, Monday in Las Vegas.
A pair of three-pointers from Skyler Snodgrass and Natalie Baker trimmed the San Diego State lead to 41-39 with just under three minutes left in the third quarter. Wyoming struggled and scored only five points the rest of the game. They went through a scoring drought of nearly eight minutes.
The Aztecs went on a 17-0 run in the fourth quarter that put the game out of reach.
In a release of comments from the Mountain West Conference, Cowgirls head coach Joe Legerski credited the Aztecs play down the stretch as key.
"I thought San Diego State, you know, shot the ball extremely well, played well down the stretch, 6-point ballgame going into the fourth quarter. And I thought their composure really showed. They made big play after big play. And we missed some opportunities. And it seems that's kind of been our year this year, there's some opportunities there."
San Diego State (12-18) was led by McKynzie Fort with a game-high 17 points. The Aztecs shot 45.5 percent from the floor. The also had a 39-34 edge on the glass.
Wyoming was led by Marquelle Dent with 13 points and eight assists. Liv Roberts added 12 points and nine rebounds. The Cowgirls shot 31 percent from the field.
Dent was asked about the lengthy scoring drought in the post-game press conference. In the MW release she said, "I think it was a little bit of both, composure and not focused. I think it's been that way the whole year. We don't make shots, we struggle offensively. And we do make shots we're a completely different team. Just composure throughout the rest of the game kind of hurt us."
The Cowgirls fell behind 13-4 early and trailed 19-10 after the opening quarter. They pulled within six points twice in the second, but still trailed 31-22 at halftime.
Wyoming completes their season with a 13-16 overall record. They are 7-17 all-time in the MW Tournament.