Cowgirls Rally for Dramatic 60-58 Win Over CSU
Junior Chelan Landry hit the game-winning shot on a drive to the basket with 19 seconds left, and the Wyoming Cowgirls survived and advanced with a 60-58 victory over Colorado State in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Reese’s Mountain West Women’s Basketball Championships in Las Vegas Thursday night. The Cowgirls rallied from a 14-point deficit in the second half with a 20-3 run and made the critical plays in the final minute to move on to the semifinals against Fresno State Friday afternoon.
Wyoming (24-6) found themselves down 46-32 with about 15 minutes left in the game. The two back-up point guards, Landry and Marquelle Dent, sparked the key spurt, as they each hit a 3-pointer. The rally was capped off by a Kaitlyn Mileto three that gave the Cowgirls their first lead of the game at 52-49. The UW defense also played a vital role, as they held CSU without a point for 9 minutes of the second half.
After the teams traded 3-pointers, the Rams took a 57-55 lead, but Kayla Woodward hit a huge 3-pointer with a minute left for a 58-57 edge. A CSU free throw tied the game at 58. Then Landry hit the game winner on the drive with 19 seconds left. The Rams had one last chance, but missed a shot with two second left and UW got the rebound for the win.
Woodward led the Cowgirls with 17 points and 7 rebounds, while Mileto added 14 points. Wyoming shot 22-60 (36.7%) from the field, was 11-23 (47.8%) from beyond the arc and 5-8 (62.5%) at the foul line. They out-rebounded the Rams 45-26, which led to 17 second chance points.
Colorado State (11-19) had three players in double figures. Sam Martin scored a team-high 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The Rams were 22-55 (40%) on field goals, 7-16 (43.8%) from deep and 7-10 (70%) at the charity stripe.
The Cowgirls got off to a slow start and trailed 36-26 at halftime, as CSU shot nearly 52 percent from the field in the first period.
UW battled back and earned just their fifth win all-time in Mountain West tournament history. They also reached the semis for only the fourth time in program history.
Wyoming will face the Fresno State Bulldogs in the semifinals of the 2013 MW tournament Friday afternoon. The game is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m., Mountain time. You can listen to Cowgirl basketball on KOWB, as the broadcast will begin at 3 p.m.