Cowgirls lose Heartbreaker to CSU

Junior forward Kayla Woodward and senior guard Chelan Landry both notched 21 points and the University of Wyoming women’s basketball team had a shot from Landry at the buzzer to tie, but the Cowgirls dropped at 95-92 triple-overtime game to Colorado State in Friday’s semifinals of the Mountain West Championships at the Thomas & Mack Center. The dramatic contest was the longest for the Cowgirls (20-11, 10-8 MW) since three extra periods against Kansas State on March 28, 2007, in the WNIT and was the first MW tournament game (men’s or women’s) to go into triple overtime.

“Well, I've only been involved in a three‑hour basketball game one other time,” UW head coach Joe Legerski said. “There are plays to be made, there are plays that are left out on the floor. But the heart from the players on the floor were just tremendous today.”

Fifth-seeded Wyoming battled back from multiple deficits throughout the game before falling to top-seeded Colorado State (25-6, 15-3 MW). The Cowgirls trailed by 12 at halftime, by five with 25 seconds left in regulation and five in the second overtime, but found an answer to the Rams at each point to keep the game going. CSU etched out a four-point lead in the third extra period, before a three from junior guard Kaitlyn Mileto with four seconds left cut the lead to one at 93-92. The Rams made one of their ensuing free throws to set up a final shot attempt from Landry, who had a good look, but the ball bounced off the back of the rim and out.

Courtesy: Wyoming Athletics
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