Sewell Lifts Cowgirls Over Rams in Overtime
The Wyoming basketball team would need an extra five minutes to pull out the 66-62 win over the Colorado State Rams, on Saturday afternoon in Laramie. The Cowgirls are now 11-13 overall and 7-4 in Mountain West play while the Rams fall to 12-14 overall and 8-3 in league.
“Needless to say you will see a smiling face today. The players executed exactly what we wanted,” said head coach Joe Legerski. “We knew that we had to keep the game close. We did a good job of rebounding especially with 14 offensive rebounds. If you can stay close sometimes you need to have some magic happened and I was happy for Chaundra Sewell. We ran a set play for her and unfortunately she couldn’t come up with it. I told her that we would come back to her and she kept her head up and hit that huge three to send it into the overtime. We did a nice job in the extra period staying aggressive and attacking the basket. To have four players in double-figures led by Chaundra and Kayla that’s a big night. The defensive job that Kaitlyn Mileto did on Kim Mestdagh was tremendous. We made some adjustments from the first game we played. She did a nice job especially playing 39 minutes.”
Four Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures led junior Chaundra Sewell. She recorded a game high 20 points and 10 rebounds, while shooting 6-14 from the field and 7-8 from the free throw line. It was her tenth double-double of the season. Forward Kayla Woodward followed with 17 points and seven rebounds, while Ashley Sickles and Kaitlyn Mileto added 14 and ten respectively. Wyoming shot 18-51 (.353) from the field including 4-5 (.800) in the overtime period, 24-31 (.774) from the free throw line and 6-15 (.400) from beyond the arc. They out rebounded the Rams 39-33 and finished with 11 assists.
CSU was led by Kelly Hartig with 17 points along with six rebounds. She was followed by Sam Martin with 15 points and a team high nine rebounds. They were 22-52 (.423) from the field for the game and 15-17 (.882) from the free throw line.
Colorado State went ahead early with two quick baskets to go up 4-0. The Cowgirls answered with five straight to take a one point lead, 5-4, through the first media timeout. After a basket from the Rams, Wyoming ran off another five straight to go ahead by four, 10-6. Two straight field goals by Kara Spotton evened things up at 10 all. A basket by Chaundra Sewell and free throws from Ashley Sickles put the Cowgirls back up four, 14-10. CSU closed the gap to one, 16-15, by scoring five of the next seven points. Kayla Woodward scored the next five points to give Wyoming a four point lead, 21-17. The Rams tied it up at 21 all and both teams went cold. Finally a free throw from Kaylee Hoffman ended a three minute drought for Wyoming, while a three-point field goal by Sam Martin gave CSU a 24-22 lead with 1:18 left in the half. Each team would score a basket to end the half as Colorado State took a 26-24 advantage into the lockerroom.
Chaundra Sewell hit the first basket of the second half to tie the score at 26 all. Free throws gave the Cowgirls a 28-26 advantage while it took almost four minutes for the Rams to get on the board. The two teams would exchange free throws until a 4-0 run from CSU gave them a 34-31 advantage. A three point field goal by Woodward tied the score at 34 but Thompson answered right back with one for the Rams to retake the lead 37-34 with 11 minutes to go in the game. They would extend that lead to six, 40-34, with a basket and free throw by Kelly Hartig. Free throws by Kayla Woodward would end a three minute drought for Wyoming. They would continue to chip away at the lead as they scored five of the next seven points to pull to within one, 42-41. Hartig hit a basket to put CSU back up three, 44-41, which was answered with four points by Wyoming to give them a one point lead, 45-44. Free throws from Sam Martin made it 46-45 with 5:22 to go in the game. The Cowgirls scored the next five straight giving them a 50-46 advantage. CSU came right back with six points of their own to take a two point lead with 1:17 left in the game. With 18.2 seconds to go, Wyoming missed a scoring opportunity and the Rams would rebound the ball. Forced to foul the Rams, CSU would make one of two giving them a three-point lead, 53-50. With the clock winding down, Chaundra Sewell hit a three-point field goal to tie it up at 53 all and forced overtime.
Wyoming struck first in the extra period with a basket by Sewell, while the Rams got on the board with two Kara Spotton free throws. Over the next couple of minutes, each team would trade baskets and free throws as it was all tied up at 59 with 1:59 remaining. With the shot clock winding down, Ashley Sickles banked in a three-point field goal putting the Cowgirls up 62-59. After a free throw from Alison Gorrell, Spotten would hit one of two from the line to make it a three point game, 63-60 with 29 seconds remaining. Wyoming would get the rebound and immediately Kaitlyn Mileto was fouled. She hit both free shots which put the Cowgirls up 65-60. On the next possession, Kelly Hartig missed the shot and Gorrell got the rebound and hit one of her free throw shots to give UW a six point lead, 66-60. In the final seconds, Ladeyah Forte hit a last second shot as the Cowgirls pulled out the 66-62 victory.
Wyoming will play their final home game of the season on Tuesday, February 21, as they host the San Diego State Aztecs. The game is set for 6:00 p.m. in the Arena Auditorium.