Cowgirls get an overtime win to advance in WNIT

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March 18, 2022 — Cowgirl senior Quinn Weidemann scored a career-high 25 points as the Wyoming Cowgirls opened Women’s NIT play with a 76-73 overtime victory over Idaho State Thursday night. Wyoming now moves on to face Tulsa in the second round on Sunday. Tulsa defeated North Texas 75-62 Thursday night to raise their record to 17-10. The Cowgirls will host the game scheduled for a 2 p.m. tip-off. The game will be broadcast on WyoRadio’s 1360/103.5 KRKK and 1360KRKK.com beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Although the Cowgirls (16-12) led for much of the game, the Bengals (19-12) would erase both an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit and a seven-point overtime disadvantage.

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Wyoming led most of the game building a 14-10 end of the first-quarter lead and a 30-29 lead at the half. The Cowgirls would increase their lead to 51-43 going into the fourth quarter.

Idaho State opened the fourth with a 7-1 run and cut the deficit down to just 52-50 with a little over seven minutes to play. The Bengals hit a 3-pointer to tie the game with four minutes to go in regulation, but UW’s Allyson Fertig scored on a layup to give the lead back to the Cowgirls, 62-60.

Idaho State would grab the lead 65-63 with 1:26 to play, but Tommi Olsen would tie the game with two free throws with 32-seconds, and neither team would score the rest of the regulation to send the game into overtime.

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In the OT, the Cowgirls got the first five points leading Idaho State to call a timeout with 2:47 left in the extra period. Weidemann’s driving layup pushed the UW lead to seven points. The Cowgirls would build the lead to eight points, 74-66, with 1:44 left. But again, ISU would respond with a 7-0 run on four free throws and a 3-pointer to make it 74-73 Wyoming with 26 seconds to play. Weidemann would hit her seventh and eighth free throws of the game, and the Cowgirls got a final possession defensive stop to prevail.

Besides Weidemann’s 25 points, Fertig and Sanchez Ramos added 14 points each. Fertig also added a game-high 11 rebounds.