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Woodward receives MWC award
Wyoming's Kayla Woodward was named the Mountain West Conference player of the week. Photo by Troy Babbitt

Woodward receives MWC award

Feb 6, 2013 - The Associated Press

University of Wyoming sophomore forward Kayla Woodward earned her second Mountain West Player of the Week honor on Monday. It is also the fourth of her MW career.

Woodward led Wyoming to a 2-0 record with a 72-54 road win at New Mexico and an 82-67 home victory over Colorado State.

Against the Lobos, Woodward scored a team-high 20 points, to go with a career-high five steals, seven rebounds and two assists.

In the Border War win over the Rams, Wyoming was down 20-16 before Woodward scored nine of the Cowgirls' next 14 points to pull even with CSU.

Woodward finished with a team-hgih 22 points while playing all 40 minutes. She added seven rebounds, six assists, three steals and two blocks.

For the week, Woodward averaged 21.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 4.0 steals over the two games. Woodward also recorded three blocked shots during the week.

Cowboys on road

This was supposed to be a light week for the University of Wyoming men's basketball team.

But the difficulty of scheduling nonconference games made this a typical week for the Cowboys.

UW (15-6) plays its final nonconference game of the season as it makes a return trip to Division I Independent Cal-State Bakersfield (8-14) at 8 tonight.

The Cowboys won the first game 63-49 on Nov. 24 in Laramie.

UW coach Larry Shyatt and Cal-State Bakersfield coach Rod Barnes are good friends, and both agreed to play a home-and-home series this season. Shyatt would have preferred to play the second game in December, but Barnes couldn't fit that into his team's schedule. Shyatt also would not have minded playing the game on the final Saturday of the regular season next month, but again, Barnes couldn't oblige.

"This was a game we needed to play because we had no other choice," Shyatt said. "We had to return the game, and it happened to fit in this off week.

"It keeps us in a routine, which is a good thing in terms of playing on Wednesday and Saturday. Our team right now needs to get better in practice, needs to stay healthy and needs to play some games to get back to our winning ways."

UW has lost four straight and six of its last eight after a 13-0 start.

The first game with the Roadrunners was a microcosm of the Cowboys' season. UW didn't play well offensively as it attempted only 14 3-pointers, its second-lowest of the season, and was just 5-of-14 from behind the arc. The Cowboys shot a respectable 45.9 percent from the field, but missed 11 free throws.

However, they held Bakersfield to its second-lowest single-game point total, allowed only 11 baskets, and the Roadrunners shot just 27.5 percent from the field.

UW was able to overcome some poor shooting games with even better defense earlier this season, but the Cowboys' lack of scoring with just one game in the last 10 with more than 60 points has been a big factor in their struggles.

"I think we always share a level of disappointment when we lose," Shyatt said. "But I don't think we ever talked about wins or streaks of any kind.

They've plodded along. That's kind of the mentality of the way we play. Disappointment? Yes. Affected maybe their karma, teamwork or level of play? I don't think so.

"What's affected our play from night to night has been the opponents in our league."

UW's last four losses have come against the top four teams in the Mountain West.

"We've been in all of those games," sophomore forward Larry Nance Jr. said.

"It has been one or two plays here or there that changed the flow of the game completely. I really do think that if we stick to our game plan and execute like we are supposed to we can really turn this thing around.

"But there is no urgency or anything like that. We know we are a good team, and as long as we play like that, we can win."

UW won't see as much size tonight as it did in its last two games against No. 15 New Mexico and Colorado State.

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