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Fresno escapes over Cowgirls

Mar 17, 2013 - The Associated Press

LAS VEGAS -- Univers-ity of Wyoming sophomore Kayla Woodward is the Cowgirls' go-to player in game-winning situations. For Fresno State, it's junior Ki-Ki Moore.

Both all-conference performers came through with big hoops late in their Mountain West Tournament semifinal matchup in Las Vegas on Friday.

Moore's big shot came just after Woodward's.

Moore hit a driving jumper with 2.5 seconds left to give Fresno State the lead, and when Wyoming's Chelan Landry narrowly missed a three-quarter court shot, the Bulldogs escaped with a 63-62 win.

Wyoming (24-7) will wait until Monday night to see about their postseason hopes. Fresno State (23-8) advances to the conference title game at 8 p.m. today against San Diego State.

"Against Colorado State (a 60-58 win by UW in Thursday's quarterfinals) we made one play and had the ball bounce our way," UW coach Joe Legerski said. "They (Fresno State) made one more play and we just came up so very short."

Woodward almost personally stole this one from the Bulldogs.

The former Sheridan star kept the Cowgirls in the game in the first half when it looked like FSU might run away with it.

Woodward scored 12 of her game-high 22 points in a first half in which the Bulldogs led by as many as 10 points. The Cowgirls trailed 34-31 at the break.

Fresno State again showed signs of pulling away in the second half, building a 55-46 lead with a little more than eight minutes to go.

With the Cowgirls flirting with a blowout loss, UW senior Chaundra Sewell responded.

Sewell scored nine points in a 14-6 Wyoming run to pull the Cowgirls within a point with 57.9 seconds remaining.

After Moore missed a shot in the paint, the Cowgirls got the ball with 35 seconds left. UW called timeout at 16.9 seconds to draw up a play.

Off the inbounds pass, Woodward got the ball at the top of the key and the shot clock showing less than 10 seconds. Woodward blew past her defender and scored on a layup with 13.7 seconds to go for a 62-61 UW lead.

"It was just whoever was open," Woodward said. "But I knew we needed a basket so I just tried to be aggressive."

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