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Cowgirls go cold down the stretch in 57-51 loss to San Diego State

Feb 21, 2013 - The Associated Press

The University of Wyoming Cowgirls played some of their best defense of the season Wednesday night against Mountain West-leading San Diego State at the Arena-Auditorium.

But all that good defense left the Cowgirls with little energy on the offensive end in the second half.

SDSU took advantage, holding off the Cowgirls 57-51 for their 11th straight conference victory.

San Diego State (20-5 overall, 11-1 MW) now has a two-game lead in the conference standings with four to play after Fresno State was shocked at home by Nevada. Wyoming (19-6, 8-4 MW) is a game behind FSU for second place and still has a two-game lead for third place despite dropping its first back-to-back games of the season.

SDSU beat Wyoming 66-43 in the first meeting back on Jan. 19. UW coach Joe Legerski just asked his team to give themselves a chance in the last four minutes. They did, but couldn't make enough plays to beat the talented Aztecs.

"The effort they (Wyoming) gave just makes you proud of how they went out to compete for 40 minutes," Legerski said. "After the first 12 minutes, the last 28 were just back and forth. Neither team would give in and stars on both sides made big plays. We came up a little short tonight."

The Cowgirls made their first five shots and led 11-2 early on. Wyoming led 27-20 late in the first half before SDSU scored the last five points to trail 27-25 at the break. It's the first time in the last 11 games the Aztecs trailed at the half.

SDSU then outscored Wyoming 13-3 at the start of the second half to build a 38-30 cushion.

The Cowgirls crawled back within 45-42 on a basket by UW senior Chaundra Sewell with 7:54 to go.

But UW wouldn't make another basket until 1:46 remained, a span of 6 minutes, 8 seconds.

Still, two Chelan Landry free throws with 1:12 to go cut SDSU's lead to 48-46. But SDSU senior Courtney Clements hit a big jumper with 54 seconds left and the Cowgirls never had the ball back with a chance to tie.

"We're two very defensive-minded teams," UW sophomore Kaitlyn Mileto said.

"We're two teams that have put up a lot of numbers offensively throughout the season. That stretch was just difficult for both teams. We went dry and they caught fire a little more than we did."

Sewell led the Cowgirls with 21 points and played nearly all 40 minutes before fouling out in the final seconds. Sewell also added seven rebounds.

Mileto had 11 points and senior Ashley Sickles scored seven points to go with a season-high 10 rebounds.

After that, no other Cowgirl scored more than three points.

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