Cowgirl bench powers team to home victory

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January 27, 2022 — The Wyoming Cowgirls got a huge spark from their bench Wednesday night. The Cowgirl reserves hit for 34 points in helping to lead UW to a 61-47 victory over Boise State in Laramie. The UW defense got back into a groove in the win as well, holding the Broncos to just 28.3-percent shooting on the night.

The win raised the Cowgirl record to 3-4 in the Mountain West and 7-9 overall. The game also revenges a 70-59 road loss to the Broncos on January 9. Boise State’s record fell to 3-5 in the MW and 7-12 overall.

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The Cowgirls led 16-13 at the end of the first quarter and 31-27 at the first-half break. Wyoming opened the second half with four consecutive points to push its lead to 35-27, its biggest lead up to that point. However, the Cowgirls would extend it out even further, thanks to a little 6-2 run to push their lead up to double digits, 41-31, with 3:45 remaining in the third quarter frame. After the third quarter media, a Sanchez Ramos putback made it a 12-point advantage for UW before Boise State responded with a 3-pointer. The quarter ended with the Cowgirls holding a 50-38 lead.

Paula Salazar led Wyoming with 15 points off the bench. “If Paula didn’t answer the bell in the first half, it might have been a lot different, but she did,” said head coach Gerald Mattinson. “It was good to see Alba (Sanchez) get back to a double-double. We had three double-digit scorers, and two of them were off the bench, so that was huge.”

Up next, Wyoming will host Nevada (5-1 in the MW/13-5 overall) in a 2 p.m. contest on Saturday. The game will be broadcast on WyoRadio’s 1360/103.5 KRKK and 1360KRKK.com beginning at 1:30 p.m.