Cowgirls come up short in Kansas City, 53-44
* University of Wyoming athletics media relations release
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Wyoming Cowgirls dropped their first road contest of 2021-22, falling at Kansas City 53-44 Thursday night. UW made a strong run in the third quarter to cut into a nine-point halftime deficit but couldn’t reel in the Roos in the fourth.
After a back-and-forth, action-filled first quarter from both teams, Kansas City (2-1) led 16-15. To begin the second, the Cowgirl offense sputtered a bit, as the Roos began the frame on an 8-2 run and lengthened its lead to 26-19 with just over four minutes to play in the first half.
Later on in the frame, a McKinley Bradshaw 3-pointer cut the UW (1-2) deficit down to 26-22. However, Kansas City responded to end the half on another mini-run, this time a 6-1 streak that made the Cowgirls’ halftime deficit 32-23, the largest of the half.
In the third quarter, the Cowgirls made their run, opening the second half with a 7-2 run in the half’s opening two minutes to cut the deficit to 34-30. From there, UW extended its run even more, getting to within a point at 37-36, on a Bradshaw turnaround jumper with 4:05 left in the quarter.
An Ola Ustowska layup to beat the shot clock buzzer made it 40-38 in favor of the Roos later on in the quarter, before a Kansas City 3-pointer made it 43-38 after three quarters of play.
In the fourth, the Cowgirls would get the game back within three at 43-40 after a pair of free throws from Bradshaw opened the quarter, but that was as close UW would get as KC would respond with a big 8-0 run to lengthen its lead up to 51-40 with just over six minutes left to play.
Both teams struggled offensively in the final quarter as Wyoming had just six points in the frame on 2-of-8 shooting. Kansas City scored 10 points and went 3-of-15 from the field in the fourth quarter. The Cowgirls were held scoreless for the final 4:35 of the game, minus a Quinn Weidemann floater to beat the horn.
Turnovers plagued the Cowgirls as Kansas City scored 15 points off a season-high 16 Cowgirl turnovers while UW got four points off turnovers. Both teams had 24 points in the paint on the night and despite getting out-rebounding 35-31 and 12 to 6 on the offensive glass, the Cowgirls had a slight 11-9 edge on second-chance points.
Wyoming shot 19-of-47 (40.4 percent) overall from the floor but went just 3-for-15 from 3-point range. The Roos shot 22-for-60 (36.7 percent) and made six 3-pointers on 17 attempts. Both squads went 3-for-5 at the free-throw line.
Bradshaw led the Cowgirls with 19 points, the only Cowgirl to finish in double figures scoring. Weidemann added eight points on 4-of-8 shooting and also led the way with three assists. Grace Ellis chipped in with six points and five rebounds while Tommi Olson and Alba Sanchez Ramos both grabbed a team-high six boards in the loss.
The Cowgirls have the weekend off of games now and looks to rebound from its two-game skid with a Monday night contest against Chadron State at 6:30 p.m., in Laramie.
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