RENO, Nev. – The University of Nevada women's basketball team dropped a close 66-65 decision to Wyoming Wednesday night at Lawlor Events Center.
With the loss, Nevada drops to (6-17, 1-9 MW) on the season while Wyoming improves to (19-4, 8-2 MW).
"I am extremely proud of my team tonight," head coach Jane Albright said. "Wyoming beat us pretty good the last time we played them and our team responded with a lot of energy. I think Kay Yow and the breast cancer survivors we played for tonight are very proud of the team as well. It was a great team effort despite the loss."
The Cowgirls opened the game shooting 9-10 from the field to take a 21-9 lead with 13:34 on the clock. Wyoming claimed a double-digit lead of 25-15 on a made basket by guard Alison Gorell with seven minutes to play in the half. Nevada junior Amber Smith cut the deficit to single figures with a jump shot on the following possession. Smith's basket sparked a 9-0 Wolf Pack run, as the team trailed 25-24 with under a minute left. A layup by Wyoming forward Ashley Sickles ended a six minute Cowgirls scoring drought. Nevada guard Arielle Wideman knocked down a three-pointer with four seconds on the clock to tie the game at 27-27. Emily Burns led the Wolf Pack at the break with 10 points.
Burns carried over her strong start, scoring five points out of the intermission. Nevada junior Danika Sharp connected on a shot from downtown to tie the game at 44-44 with 11:55 on the clock. A Chanelle Brennan three-pointer gave Nevada a 50-48 lead at the 9:30 mark. Chaundra Sewell's jumper knotted things up at 55-55 with seven minutes to go. Two free throws by Kayla Woodward gave Wyoming a 60-58 lead with 3:10 to play. Brennan evened things up at 60-60 with a pair of free throws at the 2:21 mark. Sickles scored on an inbounds play to put the Cowgirls up 62-60 around the minute mark. Freshman Nyasha LeSure hit two clutch free throws with 44 seconds left to tie the game at 62-62. Two free throws by Sewell and a layup by Woodward stretched the Wyoming lead to 66-62, before Sharp's three-point attempt swished home to make the score 66-65 with .01 left in the game. The Cowgirls inbounded the ball to win it 66-65.
Emily Burns led four Nevada double-digit scorers with 16 points and eight rebounds. Chanelle Brennan added 15 points and six rebounds. Arielle Wideman finished with 12 points, while Danika Sharp had 11 points.
Nevada will return to action next week with a game at Fresno State Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.