LAS VEGAS Chelan Landry's shot hung in the air as she fell to the court. The junior on the Wyoming women's basketball team hit the hardwood. The ball she had tossed into the air nestled into the net.
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For the next five minutes, the two teams traded baskets. But the Wyoming fan base, a hoard of brown and gold, could sense this comeback victory was theirs.
The Cowgirls started the game slow, missing nine of their first 10 shots and turning the ball over four times in the first six minutes. Then, that slow start turned into legitimate trouble. Wyoming shot 30 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes trailed 36 26 at halftime.
Kaitlyn Mileto added 14. Three Colorado State players reached double digits: Sam Martin (14), LaDeyah Forte (12) and Meghan Heimstra (10).
a time.' We didn't want to rush anything. We knew our run would come."
She succeeded, and Colorado State's buzzer beater missed its mark. And just like that, third seeded Wyoming avoided writing the most recent and most perplexing chapter in its book of Mountain West conference tournament struggles. Landry's runner was the final blow the Cowgirls needed to finish an incredible comeback and knock off sixth seeded Colorado State 60 58 Thursday nightin Las Vegas.
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UW tied the game at 49 49 when Marquelle Dent scored a layup, two of her five points. Then Mileto hit one of her four made 3 pointers to give the Cowgirls a lead.
The Cowgirls improved to 24 6 with the win, securing their appearance in the semifinals against the second seeded Fresno State Bulldogs. The Rams, who lost to UW for the third time this season, ended the conference tournament with a record of 11 19.
Landry's bucket came with 19 seconds Nike Air Force 1 High Perf left in the game, the final points Wyoming needed for a wacky comeback that included a Colorado State lead that stood at 14 points with 14 minutes left in the game.
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It was the first time the Cowgirls hit the locker room without a lead in six games. This team especially wasn't used to trailing the Rams. The Cowgirls had dismissed their bitter rivals twice this season, by a combined score of 29 points (once by 15 and once by 14).
"The play was drawn up for Kaitlyn Mileto," Landry would say shortly after. "We were going to bury them with a three. But their guard was guarding her. I had nothing to do. I had to stop my dribble. So, I had to make the layup."
"I'm not really sure," Colorado State's Meghan Heimstra said of the Rams' second half drought. "We didn't finish around the basket. Some of that transitioned into baskets for them."
The run fueled by a nine minute stretch in which Colorado State failed to score started when UW senior forward Chaundra Sewell scored inside with 11:16 left in the game. Fifteen more unanswered Cowgirl points followed.
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