Pretty bad day for Wyoming basketball Wednesday. The men lost to TCU 70-61 in the play-in game for the third time in the last four years, and a few hours later the women were upset by 13-17 New Mexico in the quarterfinals 67-61.
Senior post Hillary Carlson teared up in the postgame interview session and had to gather herself. UW just didn’t play well. It didn’t shoot well and the Lobos went on a 15-5 run to start the second half.
To UW’s credit it made a run of its own. It cut the lead to 59-56 with 3:37 to play. But that was as close as the Cowgirls would get.
An offensive foul on senior Aubrey Vandiver with less than a minute to play ended any hopes of a UW rally.
“It’s not about one call. It never is one way or the other,” Legerski said. … “It didn’t go our way. Move on.”
Vandiver was called for technical foul as she exchanged some pleasantries with freshman guard Jasmine Patterson. UW went on a 9-1 run after that. That seemed to spark the team.
“Well, we just came out with more energy, I guess,” Vandiver said. “We eliminated them on the boards. They didn’t get second opportunities during that run.”
Two stats that hurt UW: it allowed 20 points off 14 turnovers and allowed New Mexico 14 second-chance points.
Cowgirls are 22-8 and will play in the WNIT for the fourth time in the last six years. They will find out their opponent and bracket Monday night.