Cowgirls drop second straight game with home loss to Colorado

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Wyoming’s Taylor Rusk’s scoring attempt against Colorado Sunday in Laramie. Photo credit: Tony Babbitt, University of Wyoming.

LARAMIE, WYOMING (Nov. 18, 2019) – The Wyoming Cowgirls made a valiant fourth quarter run at the Colorado Buffaloes, but ended up losing 66-56 Sunday afternoon in Laramie.

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Things started well for Wyoming, jumping off to an 8-0 lead. But Colorado would come back to hold a 16-15 advantage at the end of the first quarter, and 30-24 lead at the half.

In the third quarter, the Buffaloes would extend their halftime which ended with Wyoming trailing, 51-39. The Cowgirls would cut the lead to six points, 56-48, with just under six minutes to play only to have Colorado extend the lead back to 11, 60-49, with 2:35 on the clock.

Wyoming McKinley Bradshaw against Colorado Sunday in Laramie. Wyo4News photo by Casey Cassity

The Cowgirls would make another run with Quinn Weidemann converting a three-point play with 59 seconds to go to bring the Wyoming within five points, 61-56. With Wyoming now forced to foul in order to stop the clock, Colorado would make five of six free throws to make the final score 66-56.

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“They got more aggressive and more physical,” said head coach Gerald Mattinson. “We were worried with their physicality to begin with, and they just came out and got after it. Their coach got after them a couple times about doing it, and they did it.”

Wyoming was led by senior Taylor Rusk, who scored a season-high 14 points, 11 in the third quarter. Rusk added a season-high six rebounds and collected two steals. Sophomores Tereza Vitulova and Alba Sanchez Ramos added 11 and 10 points respectively.

Wyoming’s Erjavec looks to pass against Colorado Sunday. Wyo4News photo by Casey Cassity.

The Buffaloes were led by Mya Hollingshed, who scored a game-high 17 points and collected three blocks. Emma Clarke had a double-double for CU with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

“For the most part, I thought we battled,” Mattinson said. “Their size is huge, and they’re athletic. I thought we fought, and we scrapped. I think we got tired. They’re a little bit deeper than us and a little more experienced, and I think that showed up.”

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“My issue today has nothing to do with the intensity level we played with or what we brought,” Mattinson said. “We played our hearts out. We played as hard as we can play. We just need to cut down the fouls and take advantage of a few more scoring opportunities.”

The Cowgirls travel to South Dakota State on Saturday and then head to North Dakota State on Monday, Nov. 25.

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