(Las Vegas, Nevada) Â The Wyoming womenâ€™s basketball team (21-9 overall, 13-5 MW) had its 2017 Mountain West Championship run ended with a 58-48 quarterfinal loss against the Fresno State Bulldogs (17-14, 8-10 MW) on Tuesday night.
â€œFirst of all, congratulations to Fresno State. I thought they were the aggressor tonight, right from the start. They had us back on our heels and always in short shot clock situations. I also thought that offensively we really struggled to get a good look at the basket,â€ head coach Joe Legerski said. â€œI’m pleased with the way we ended up competing right through to the end. When you get down the way we were, things aren’t going your way for three quarters, some teams will just have a tendency to just finish out the night and we weren’t going to let that happen. To get it close back down to six points is a testament to the fight these kids have had all year”.
The Bulldogs were 17-39 (.436) from the field, 21-31 (.600) from the charity stripe and out rebounded the Cowgirls 35-19.
Out of the halftime Â break, the Cowgirls hit a three to cut the lead to ten, 28-18. The Bulldogs responded with eight straight to increase the lead to 18, 36-18. Fresno State at one point led 46-22. Â Gomez would steal the ball and hit a shot to close out the third quarter. After a basket by Davalos to begin the fourth, a jumper by Gomez started a 22-4 run over the next 7:28 by the Cowgirls to close the deficit to six, 52-46, with just under a minute to go. Unfortunately, that would be as close as it would get. Wyoming was forced to foul and couldnâ€™t make enough shots and would lose the game by ten, 58-48.