Seniors Ashley Sickles and Chaundra Sewell led Wyoming to a 72-50 win over New Mexico on Saturday in Laramie. Sickles, Sewell and Brenna Freeze were all honored before the game for Senior Day.
“It’s a great way to close out the home season with senior day and being able to play at such a high level,” said Head Coach Joe Legerski. “You never know what you’re going to get, let alone on Senior Day. You don’t know how the emotions are running, because this team knows it’s on a short time frame that they’ll still be together. They came out and played very well.”
The Cowgirls had up a 13-7 lead before a six-minute scoring drought allowed New Mexico to get back into the game. Caroline Durbin hit a 3-pointer with 5:22 left in the half to give the Lobos a 20-19 lead. The game was tied at 20 with just over four minutes before halftime when the Cowgirls went on a 13-4 run. Ashley Sickles put up 9 points during the run, including an old-fashioned 3-point play and a 3-point bucket, that gave Wyoming a 33-24 lead at the half.
After New Mexico hit a few buckets to start the second half, the Cowgirls went on a 10-0 run to take a 45-30 lead and maintained then extended their lead through the rest of the second half.
“New Mexico came out and got two quick baskets and we just kind of settled in and understood what we had to do,” said Legerski. “Then we built the cushion back up to 13, 14, 15 points and were able to maintain it at that level. That allows me to go deeper into the bench as well as for kids to play a little easier. But it was a big run from about the 15-minute to the 8-minute mark of the second half.”
Sickles led UW with 18 points and 8 rebounds, followed by Sewell with 14 points and 9 boards. Kaitlyn Mileto added 12 points and Kayla Woodward put up 9 points to go with 7 rebounds. Wyoming shot 40.0 percent (22/55) from the field, 33.3 percent from 3-point range (4/12) and 70.6 percent (24/34) from the free throw line. The Cowgirls had a season-high nine players log double-digits in minutes played.
New Mexico (14-13, 6-8) was led by Durbin with 17 points and Deeva Vaughn with 14 points. They shot 35.7 percent (20/56) from the field, 19.0 percent (4/21) from beyond the arc and 54.5 percent (6/11) from the free throw line. The Lobos were out-rebounded by the Cowgirls 46-to-29.
UW (22-6, 11-4) will close out the regular season on Wednesday at Colorado State. The game will tip at 6:00 p.m.