Utah State women’s basketball loses 64-41 to Wyoming in quarterfinals of Mountain West Championship

Utah State Aggies guard Olivia West (3) fights for possession against the Wyoming Cowgirls in the quarter finals of the Mountain West championships in Las Vegas, NV on Monday, March 11. The Aggies lost to the Cowgirls, 64-41.
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Sixth-seeded Utah State women’s basketball (16-15, 10-8 Mountain West) lost, 64-41, to No. 3 Wyoming (21-7, 13-5 MW) in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Championship on Monday in the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev.
Junior guard/forward Shannon Dufficy led the Aggies with 17 points and nine rebounds. Dufficy’s nine boards put her at 320 total rebounds this season to rank first in a single-season in program history.
After a Dufficy bucket tied it up at 4-4 in the first quarter, Wyoming used a 9-0 run to take the 13-4 lead. After a Dufficy triple and jumper, the Cowgirls extended their lead to 12, 21-9. A jumper from junior guard/forward Hailey Bassett made it a 10-point game, but a Wyoming layup gave the Cowgirls the 23-11 lead at the end of the period.
The Aggies made it a nine-point game, 29-20, in the second quarter after jumpers from Dufficy and Bassett, a three from senior guard Rachel Brewster and a Dufficy layup. Wyoming, however, closed out the stanza with an 8-1 run to take the 37-21 lead into the half.
Wyoming opened the third quarter with a 15-4 run to take the 52-25 lead with 3:14 to play. The Aggies closed out the period with a 6-0 run off of a pair of jumpers from junior forward Marlene Aniambossou and a layup from junior guard Olivia West to trim the lead to 21 at 52-31 heading into the final stanza.
The Aggies trimmed the lead to 19, 56-37, after a layup from junior guard Lindsey Jensen-Baker and a couple jumpers from Dufficy. Wyoming extended its lead back out to 25, 64-39, with less than two minutes to play. A jumper from freshman guard Steph Gorman trimmed the lead as Wyoming took the 64-41 victory.
Wyoming had four players score in double figures, led by senior forward Marta Gomez with 19.
USU finished the night shooting 34.5 percent (19-of-55) from the field, 18.2 percent (2-of-11) from behind the arc and 50.0 percent (1-of-2) at the free throw line. Wyoming shot 53.2 percent (25-of-47) from the floor, 44.4 percent (4-of-9) from behind the 3-point line and 76.9 percent (10-of-13) at the free throw line.

Free News Delivery by Email

Would you like to have the day's news stories delivered right to your inbox every evening? Enter your email below to start!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.