Gomez to the Rescue; Cowgirls Remain Tied Atop MWC Hoops
SAN JOSE, Ca. -- It wasn’t easy, but the Cowgirls remained tied for first place in the MW Womens Basketball standings.
The Cowgirls pulled out a 66-64 victory at San Jose State when Marta Gomez hit a three-point shot with seven-tenths of a second to play. It was Gomez’s third three-point short in the fourth quarter, and capped a rally in which the Cowgirls rallied from 14 points down with 2:17 remaining in the third quarter.
UNLV, meanwhile, also was extended to maintain its share of first place, pulling out a 76-67 overtime victory against San Diego State.
Gomez’s game-winning basket was a product of the rule changes adopted by the NCAA when the women began playing four quarters. Under the rule change if a team calls a time out it can take the ball out a half court instead of under the opponents basket after the opposition scores.
“That’s why you hold your time outs,” said Cowgirls coach Joe Legerski. “Instead of talking it all the way down the court we were able to advance up the side and choose what side (to take the ball out).”
The Cowgirls took advantage of the rule because Gomez hit her shot, which was what Legerski hoped for when he called an out of bounds play designed to get the ball to Gomez.
“Liv (Roberts) threw a great pass to Marta and (Marta) finshed it,” said Legerski.
Roberts had a Cowgirls-high 18 points and eight rebounds, and Gomez had 15 points, 11 in the fourth quarter. The Cowgirls had 21 assists on their 27 baskets.
San Jose senior Myzhanique Ladd, held to eight points when the Cowboys beat SanJose in Laramie, scored a game hit 26 points in this game, hitting 12 of 20 shots from the field. She was the only San Jose player in double figures.
The Spartans were led by senior Myzhanique Ladd who recorded a game-high 26 points and five rebounds while shooting 12-of-20 (.600) from the field. Sophomores Taylor Turney and Fieme’a Hafoka each added eight points. San José State also shot 27-of-55 (.491) from the field and 7-of-19 (.368) from beyond the arc. SJSU out rebounded the Cowgirls by one, 28-27.