Colorado

Mountaineers lose nail biter to Pioneers

GUNNISON, Col. Western Colorado showed all Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference attendees that they should be better prepared for them when they step onto the court, as they narrowly lost to Texas Woman’s University, placed 1st in the Lone Star Conference preseason polls third place was chosen. The Mountaineers were ranked 12th in the RMAC preseason polls.

JUST THE FACTS
end result: Texas Women Def. Western Colorado 57-55
Records: Western Colorado 0-1, Texas Woman 1-0.
Location: Paul Wright Gym; Gunnison, Colo.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Things started slow for the Mountaineers – in the first quarter they were edged 15-4, with Hayley Valencia and Emmery Wagstaff scoring two points each in the quarter. However, they regrouped before the second quarter began, causing them to catch fire in the second quarter.
  • With 22-13 in the second quarter and 6:42 to go, Western went on a 6-0 run led by Brooklyn Seymour, Valencia and Wagstaff, cutting the lead to 22-17. The next point went to the Pioneers, who extended their lead to seven points.
  • But again, thanks to Wagstaff’s back-to-back baskets, the Mountaineers responded and cut the lead to 24-21. Three points was Western’s narrow lead to level the game as Texas Woman’s ended the quarter on a 4-0 run, helping them hold a 30-23 lead at halftime. In the second quarter, the Mountaineers beat the Pioneers 19-15.
  • After halftime, Western scored five points relatively quickly after a layup by Rachel Cockman following an offensive rebound and a Sam Gueller three-pointer. Unfortunately, the Mountaineers were unable to build on that, resulting in the Pioneers going 9-0 in the next 3:45.
  • Cockman helped stop the run by sinking back-to-back layups. But once again, Texas Woman responded, ending the third quarter with a 4-2 run – Seymour made a jump 37 seconds into the quarter.
  • The fourth quarter belonged to the Western, who beat Texas Woman 21-11.
  • Wasting no time in crushing the Pioneers’ lead, the Mountaineers started the fourth quarter on a 16-6 run that lasted about five minutes. That run was led by Cockman, who scored eight points, Wagstaff, who came into play with six points – with a three-pointer and three free throws sunk – and Seymour, who knocked down a knight.
  • 54-52 behind with 2:27 to go – after Cockman made a layup – Wagstaff knocked down a three to give Western the first lead (55-54) of the game.
  • Unfortunately, those were the Mountaineers’ last points of the game as Texas Woman’s finished the game 3-0 and clinched the win.

COURT NOTICES

  • Cockman led with a career-high 18 points on a 9-of-13 shooting while also catching eight rebounds and recording a block. Wagstaff also had a solid game with 15 points, six rebounds, two steals and a block. Seymour also had a career night, recording her first double-double of her career, dropping a career-high 10 points and catching a career-high 11 rebounds.
  • Overall, the Mountaineers shot 38.7 percent (24 of 62) from the field, 16.7 percent (4 of 24) from three, and 100 percent (3 of 3) from the free throw line.
  • In addition, Western scored 38 points in the suit, 20 second chance points, eight points less turnover, and had broken the bank by nine points.

NEXT

Western will be back on court tomorrow (Nov. 12) and will take on Angelo State at 7 p.m. in the final game of the Colorado Classic.

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