That was a heck of a college basketball game!
The Wyoming Cowgirls and Colorado State Rams needed 55 minutes — triple overtime — to decide the outcome. Unfortunately for UW, it lost 95-92 in the semifinals of the Mountain West Tournament Friday afternoon at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Here are some key numbers from the game:
4 — players that fouled out for each team.
15 — ties in the game.
27 — combined turnovers.
61 — combined fouls.
88 — free throws attempted.
109 — rebounds.
157 — shot attempts
Here are some highlights from the second half and all three overtimes:
A couple of other key numbers for UW, which are not good — were 17 missed free throws and 21 missed layups in the game. Granted, not all of those layups were uncontested, but they were close-range shots that you need to make.
Still, this was one of the better college basketball games I’ve seen in a long time. The Cowgirls were down 12 at halftime and kept clawing back. They got good games by the players you would expect.
But if it was not for senior guard Chelan Landry coming off the bench and scoring 21 points, UW loses in regulation. And, senior guard Kaylee Hoffman hit a jumper in one to force a second overtime.
And freshman post Kaylie Rader was solid inside. She played a career-high 30 minutes, had 12 points and five rebounds. Her passing was stellar, although she was credited with only one assists. UW missed a lot of layups on those passes. Coach Joe Legerski said he went with Rader based on how she played during the last parts of the game.
Colorado State’s size and length bothered UW early, but the Cowgirls managed to make some more shots in the second half. Neither team shot the ball well. Colorado State shot 38.7 percent and UW shot 35.4 percent.
The UW crowd was loud and supportive. There was no attendance figure on the final stat sheet, but if you pretend there were 2,000 people there, 1,500 were wearing Brown and Gold.
UW will find out Monday if it will play in the post season. At 20-11, it should. Could be another trip back to the WNIT. There is a third tournament, as well. The players said after the game they want to keep playing. Don’t blame them. They play hard, play well together and if the opportunity is there to keep playing, they should do so for each other.
For more on the game, see Saturday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.