March 9, 2023 — The University of Wyoming women’s basketball team’s chase for a Mountain West Conference Tournament title slipped away in the fourth quarter as league champion UNLV came away with a 71-60 over UW. It was the third time this season that UW, 22-10, fell to the Rebels, 31-2.
“Congratulations to UNLV,” head coach Heather Ezell said. “That’s a really good team that’s going to represent the Mountain West really well in the NCAA Tournament.” Ezell added, “I’ve got a group here that I’m so proud of, and I’m lucky to be their coach. It didn’t fall their way, but I got a team that’s still ready to fight and still ready to come in every day and ready to go. That’s what I love about coaching this team.”
While the probability of getting an at-large invite to the NCAA Women’s Tournament is slim, Wyoming will now wait and see if it’s selected for the WNIT. That announcement is expected Sunday night.
Wyoming trailed 17-15 at the end of the first quarter. The Rebels would increase their lead to eight points in the second quarter, but the Cowgirls battled back to trail only 31-28 at the half.
UNLV controlled the first part of the third quarter, building their lead to 43-30. However, UW would again fight back, hitting four three-point shots to trail 50-49 with under a minute on the clock.
In the fourth quarter, UNLV again pushed its lead back to double figures. Wyoming made another run, cutting the deficit to six, 61-55, with just under six minutes remaining, but UW would get no closer.
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