Cowgirls come from 16-points down to advance to MW semi-finals

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Wyoming sophomore Tereza Vitulova helped lead the Cowgirls to a comeback win over Utah State Monday night in Las Vegas. Photo Credit: Tim Nwaachukwu, NCAA Photos

ROCK SPRINGS, WYOMING (March 3, 2020) – The Wyoming Cowgirls trailed by as many as 16-points in their Monday night quarterfinal matchup against Utah State before surging back to take a 64-59 victory.

The win advances No. 3 seeded Wyoming (17-11) into tonight’s semi-final game against No. 2 seeded Boise State (22-9), a 73-50 winner over Air Force. The two teams split their games during the regular season with Wyoming winning 73-68 at home, but losing 67-48 at Boise State.

 

Tonight’s Wyoming/Boise State game will be broadcast on WyoRadio’s 1360 KRKK and streamed at 1360KRKK.com beginning at 9 p.m. with tip-off scheduled for 9:30 p.m.

The Cowgirls grabbed an early 2-0 lead, but the No. 11 seeded Aggies would go on a 9-0 run to lead 9-2 with 7:37 to play in the first quarter. The quarter would end with Utah State up 24-17.

Wyoming’s Taylor Rusk and Quinn Weidemann each scored to bring the Cowgirls to 24-21, but then Wyoming would go on a seven-minute scoring drought allowing the Aggies to build a 16-point lead, 37-21, with 1:27 before the half. Rusk would score another field goal and two free throws before the half, but the Pokes still trailed 39-25 at the break.

 

The Cowgirl took over in the third quarter. Tereza Vitulova scored five straight points to start the second half, cutting the Aggie lead to 39-30. Wyoming would continue to chip away trailing just 41-36 with 2:33 to go in the quarter. After the Aggies scored three, Vitulova and Rusk hit back-to-back threes to make it 44-42 after three quarters. The Cowgirls outscored Utah State 17-5 in the third quarter.

Wyoming would take the lead, 45-44, on a Tommi Olson three-point field goal with 9:10 to play. Wyoming would never relinquish the lead. The Cowgirls would go on a 8-0 run before Utah State would score again, leading 52-47 with 5:32 left in the game.

The Cowgirl lead increased to nine-points, 60-51, with 1:50 to play on a Weidemann layup. Utah State would cut into the Cowgirl lead 60-56 with :27 left, but four made free-throws by Weidemann would seal the Wyoming victory, 64-59.

 

All-Mountain West Conference player Tereza Vitulova led the Cowgirls in scoring with 19 points. Weidemann added 18 points with Rusk scoring 16 points.

Utah State’s Hailey Bassett scored 18 points.