Cowgirls give Tulane a battle but fall 73-67

Gerald Mattinson's Cowgirls move to (2-2) following a dominant 71-48 win over Chadron State on...
Gerald Mattinson's Cowgirls move to (2-2) following a dominant 71-48 win over Chadron State on Nov. 22, 2021.(KGWN)
Published: Nov. 27, 2021 at 12:36 AM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Press Release) - Wyoming fought hard Friday afternoon but the second half, especially the third quarter, once again proved to be Wyoming’s demise in Denver, as the Cowgirls dropped the opening contest of the DU Pioneer Thanksgiving Classic, 73-67 to Tulane. The Cowgirls were outscored 17-10 in the third quarter Friday and that proved to be the difference in the contest.

The Cowgirls, for at least one half Friday, found their range from 3-point range, shooting 8-of-14 from beyond-the-arc in the first half. UW shot 14-of-32 (43.8 percent) in the first half, but went just 11-for-31 (35.5 percent) in the second half, including going just 4-of-15 in the third quarter.

The game’s opening 20 minutes provided a lot of back-and-forth action between the two teams, featuring five ties and five lead changes. Neither team could take control in the first half, with the biggest lead being Tulane up 16-11 with 2:19 to play in the first quarter.

In the second quarter, neither team led by more than three points. The Cowgirls, after trailing late in the second, 31-29, hit three of its final four shots down the stretch of the first half and led 38-35 with just 26 seconds left to play in the quarter. Tulane would beat the buzzer with a layup on the next possession and UW took a 38-37 edge into the break.

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