ROCK SPRINGS, WYOMING (Mar. 4, 2020) — Wyoming had things rolling early, but a hot shooting second quarter by Boise State would doom the Cowgirls attempt to play in tonight’s Mountain West Conference Women’s Championship game. Wyoming fell to Boise State, 79-71, late Tuesday night in Las Vegas.
Boise State (23-9) will meet Fresno State (25-6) in the tournament finals tonight. The top seeded Bulldogs easily defeated San Jose State (19-12), 94-68 in the other semi-final game. Wyoming, who had their six-game winning streak snapped by the loss, stands at 17-12 on the season. They must now wait to hear if a post season invite will come their way.
Last night’s contest started on a very bright note for the Cowgirls. Wyoming senior Taylor Rusk scored on a layup to give the Cowgirls a 9-2 lead at the 6:12 mark in the opening quarter. But things turned around after that point with Boise State going on an 11-0 run to lead 13-9 with 2:10 on the clock. The quarter would end tied at 15-15.
The Cowgirls would lead 26-25 with 6:11 to play in the second quarter, but Boise State would once again put on a offensive charge with a 14-0 run to take a 39-26 lead with 2:39 showing before the half. The Cowgirls would never see the lead again. The first half would end with the Broncs leading 44-32.
Wyoming’s offense would display their own spark in the third quarter. Two free-throws by the Cowgirl’s Quinn Weidemann’s cut the Boise Stat lead to 46-40 with 5:56 remaining. A McKinley Bradshaw layup with 1:45 to go in the quarter kept the Pokes within six, 58-52. Boise State responded with a 5-0 run upping their lead back to 11, 63-52, before two Weidemann free throws and a Bradshaw three would see the quarter end with the Cowgirls trailing just 63-57.
The teams would playing even in the fourth quarter with Terza Vitulova bringing Wyoming to within five, 68-63, with two free-throws with just over five-minutes to play. But the Cowgirls would get no closer before finally falling 79-71.
Vitulova led Wyoming in scoring with 16 points. The All-MW performer also added seven rebounds. Rusk had 14 points with Weidemann scoring 13 points.