Wyoming Hands 'Dogs First MW Loss

Box Score

Jan. 16, 2013

By Jason Clay

LARAMIE, Wyo. - The Fresno State women's basketball team shot a season-high 51.8 percent, but Wyoming used 14 offensive rebounds to score 21 second-chance points and beat the Bulldogs 78-71 Wednesday evening in the Arena Auditorium.

Wyoming (13-3, 2-1 Mountain West) out-rebounded the Bulldogs 37-20 and hit 25-of-27 free throws in the game to hand Fresno State (10-6, 2-1) its first loss in Mountain West play. The 'Dogs were whistled for 22 fouls to only 10 for Wyoming and UW attempted 17 more free throws in the game.

"It's so hard to win on the road in this conference," head coach Raegan Pebley said. "You got to come into it with the mentality that it's war and this is somebody else's turf. [Wyoming] is an excellent team.

"We got pushed around on the boards and it's been a consistent problem for us lately and it's got to be a mindset change. It's not just personnel, we have capable rebounders on the floor. Our girls, we know what we got to do to get better to beat them next time."

The Bulldogs had four players in double-figures Wednesday with Ki-Ki Moore leading the way with 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting. Taylor Thompson added 15 while Alex Sheedy scored 10 and Bree Farley chipped in 10.

Wyoming also had four players in double figures and they shot 45.3 percent for the game. Chaundra Sewell and Ashley Sickles led the way for the Cowgirls with 24 and 21 points, respectively.

The Cowgirls shot 24 3-pointers against Fresno State's 1-3-1 defense, but only hit five of them. The Bulldogs were 6-for-9 from beyond the 3-point arch in the game.

Fresno State hit six of its first eight shots to take an early 13-9 lead, but Wyoming came back with eight unanswered points to go up by four.

The Cowgirls went on to lead by as many as 10 in the first half behind three 3-pointers - two from Kaitlyn Mileto and one from Kayla Woodward. Mileto's final three at 5:53 put UW up 30-20.

Fresno State cut that lead down to three at the half, 34-31, behind 3-pointers from Moore, Farley and an old-fashion 3-point play from Sheedy.

The Bulldogs shot 56.5 percent in the first half, but were hurt by nine turnovers, three offensive fouls and the eight offensive rebounds from the Cowgirls that led to 10 second-chance points.

Wyoming opened the second half on a 15-8 run to take a 10-point lead with 13:45 to play. Seven of those 15 points came after a Cowgirl offensive rebound.

Thompson and Moore were able to cut into that lead by scoring 10-straight for the 'Dogs in a 10-6 run. A 3-pointer from Rosie Moult at 10:03 then cut the Cowgirl lead down to one, 51-50.

Sickles scored six points in a 8-3 Wyoming run that pushed its lead up to 59-53 with 4:49 remaining.

Fresno State remained tough behind Moore and Thompson driving the lane. Moore's layup and free throw after being fouled cut the UW lead down to 61-60 with 2:58 to play.

Wyoming got five-straight points at the free-throw line that opened up a 66-60 lead with 1:53 to play and provided the cushion for the Cowgirls to pull out the victory.

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