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Colorado hands Cowgirls first loss of season

Nov 29, 2012 - The Associated Press

BOULDER, Colo. - The University of Wyoming Cowgirls got a glimpse of Colorado's Chucky Jeffrey as a sophomore during the 2010 Women's National Invitational Tournament.

Two years later in Boulder, Colo., the Cowgirls got the full view.

Jeffrey, who scored 15 points in the WNIT game two years ago, was dominant Wednesday against the Cowgirls with 21 points, 10 rebounds, five steals and three assists to lead the Buffs to a 68-59 win before a crowd of 1,552 at the Coors Events Center.

The loss was the first of the season for the Cowgirls (4-1), while Colorado remained undefeated on the young season (5-0).

But the Cowgirls certainly didn't go down without a fight.

"We played our hardest," UW senior Ashley Sickles said.

"We told ourselves to come out and just play every possession. We didn't have anything to lose. I think we did that and I think we have definitely improved."

The Cowgirls were led by sophomore Kaitlyn Mileto for the second straight game. Mileto, one of five Colorado natives playing for the Cowgirls, scored 16 points for UW. That came off a 25-point performance Saturday in the championship of the Pepperdine Thanksgiving Tournament.

"Kaitlyn is playing with the confidence we want her to play with," UW coach Joe Legerski said. "She's really playing well within the offense."

Sickles added 14 points for Wyoming while sophomore Kayla Woodward scored 10 (all in the second half) and senior Chaundra Sewell had nine points and 14 rebounds.

The rebound total was one off her career high.

Wyoming led once in the first half at 18-15 and trailed 31-26 at halftime.

A 14-6 UW run to start the second half gave the Cowgirls their biggest lead of the game at 40-37 with 15:22 to play.

Wyoming's last lead came at 43-42 on a 3-pointer by Woodward.

Sewell's value was never more evident for the Cowgirls after Woodward's trey.

Sewell scored on an offensive rebound with 10:51 to play to cut CU's lead to 51-47. But she went down and looked to be in some pain. It turned out to be nothing more than a cramp, but by the time she returned to the court, CU had built the lead to 12 at 60-48 with 6:44 left.

"You can see what (Sewell) means to this team," Legerski said.

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