Cowgirls Come Up Short; Wind up No. 3 Tourney Seed
The Cowgirls closed out the MWC regular season with back-to-back losses, at Air Force on Tuesday and then 67-63 against Boise State at the AA on Friday night. Boise rallied from an eight-point deficit early in the fourth quarter to claim the victory.
The Cowgirls, who opened the week in position to claim the No. 1 slot in the MWC tournament, wound up the No. 3 seed behind Boise (No. 1) and UNLV (No. 2).
“Well I don’t know if you can ask for anything more,” head coach Joe Legerski said. “You had preseason number one in Boise State and number two in Wyoming, last day of the season and everything is on the line. I thought both teams played well and no one could put anyone away. Boise State got up five in the third, we made our run with Marta (Gomez) making threes and got up eight. They came back with three straight three-pointers really changed the momentum. I thought we had two good looks from the corner with Liv and Marta both came up empty. That’s how these games go. We made our run, they made their run, but they had an extra shot or two.”
Junior Marta Gomez led the way with 19 points off the bench while shooting 5-of-7 (.714) from beyond the arc in the game. Seniors Natalie Baker and Liv Roberts each had 13 and 12 points, respectively. Junior Bailee Cotton had a game-high ten rebounds and eight points. Wyoming shot 22-of-58 (.379) from the field and 8-of-20 (.400) from beyond the arc.
Boise State was led by freshman Braydey Hodgins who had a game-high 24 points plus seven rebounds. Senior Shalen Shaw followed with 11 points and nine rebounds while junior Marta Hermida recorded ten points. The Broncos shot 26-of-57 (.456) from the field and out rebounded the Cowgirls 43-27.
With the score 58-50 in favor of UW, Hodgins hit two straight three-point field goals to close the gap to two, 58-56. Roberts recorded a three-point play to make it 61-56. The Broncos scored nine straight to pull ahead 65-61 with 2:01 remaining. Rusk hit a shot to cut it to a one possession game, 65-63. The Cowgirls clamped down defensively and shut down Boise State on the next two times down the court. UW had one last shot by Tapia that fell short and free throws sealed the 67-63 win for the Broncos.