Cowgirls Swamp Pepperdine
Behind 24 points each from Fallon Lewis and Kayla Woodward, the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (4-0 overall) earned a 20-point win, 84-64, over the Pepperdine Waves (2-3 overall) on Saturday night in Laramie. With the victory, head coach Joe Legerski earned his 200th career victory.
Woodward and Lewis each finished with a team high 24 points. For Lewis, it was a career high while she added seven rebounds. Senior Chelan Landry also recorded double-figures with ten points. The Cowgirls were 32-69 (.464) from the field and 10-19 (.526) from beyond the arc.
Pepperdine was led by Bria Richardson with 18 points followed by Allie Green with 15. Amanda Lovely finished with a team high six boards. They were 27-60 (.450) from the field and committed 18 turnovers.
It was low scoring through the first four minutes of the game as the two teams combined for six points. Wyoming would take a 4-2 advantage through the first media timeout. The Waves Allie Green hit a three-point field goal to give them a one point lead, 5-4. The Cowgirls answered with a 5-2 run to go ahead by two, 9-7, and then would increase that to seven, 16-9, through the second media timeout. A three-point shot by Richardson would end a two minute scoring drought for Pepperdine to make it 16-12. Wyoming responded with a 14-0 scoring run to give them a 30-12 advantage. The Waves hit a shot to break another long scoring drought and went on a small run to close the gap to 15, 34-19. After a free throw by Jordan Sibrel, Pepperdine inched even closer to make it a 10-point contest, 35-25 with 2:22 in the half. The Cowgirls regained their composure and outscored the Waves 10-6 in the final minutes to take a 45-31 lead into the locker room.
Out of the halftime break, it was all Kayla Woodward as she scored the first nine points for the Cowgirls to give them a 54-35 lead with 16 minutes left in the game. After a basket by Baughn got the Waves back in the scoring column, Wyoming went on an 8-4 run to make it a 21-point contest, 62-41. Pepperdine tried to chip away at the lead and scored seven of the next nine to make it 64-48. Started by a Woodward jumper, the Cowgirls went on a 9-2 run to put them up 23, 73-50. Pepperdine came back with six straight points to pull within 17, 73-56. The game and lead were never in jeopardy as Wyoming went on to the 84-64 victory.
The Cowgirls be on the road for their only game of the week. They will face the South Dakota Coyotes, on Saturday, November 30, in Vermillion.