LARAMIE, Wyo. — Behind a career-high 21 points from junior Liv Roberts, the Wyoming women's basketball team improved to 5-2 overall with a 68-48 nonconference win over Southern Utah University Friday night.
Besides her outpouring of points, Roberts, a former Missoula Sentinel standout, also finished the night with a season-high eight rebounds and four assists.
Southern Utah was within three points, 47-44, with 9:45 left in the game. A 3-pointer by Wyoming's Marta Gomez sparked a 21-4 run to stretch the lead back to 16, 64-48. UW held the Southern Utah scoreless the final 2:49.
“That’s about as difficult a 20-point win that you will ever have. I thought the game was played well by both teams,” Wyoming coach Joe Legerski said.
"The pace was tremendous. We were pushing the ball, they were pushing the ball back at you so it made everyone have to run 94 feet every possession. We showed a little toughness tonight."
Wyoming sophomore Rachelle Tucker came off the bench to provide 10 points and five rebounds. Redshirt sophomore Bailee Cotton added nine points while junior Natalie Baker recorded eight rebounds and seven points.
The Cowgirls shot 24 of 61 (.393) from the field. UW outrebounded the Thunderbirds 44-36 and had 18 assists on 24 baskets.
“I thought Liv (Roberts) gave us energy all night long," said Legerski. "She was out on the floor encouraging everyone and when she was on the bench. You look at her line with 21 points, eight rebounds, four assists and (she) was the leader of this group tonight.”
Southern Utah was led by senior Jamie Smith with 15 points and four rebounds. Freshmen guards Rebecca Cardenas and Skylee Doman each added seven points while Doman finished with a team-high six rebounds.
The Cowgirls will be back in action on Sunday afternoon, hosting the South Dakota Coyotes in the Arena-Auditorium.
Seattle women 60, Montana 44
SEATTLE — Three Seattle University players scored points in double figures Friday night in the Redhawks' 60-44 nonconference women's basketball victory over cold-shooting Montana.
Seattle (2-6) was paced by the 16 points of Wilma Afunugo. Alexis Montgomery added 15 points and nine rebounds, while Kaylee Sanders followed closely with 12 points.
Montana (2-5) shot just 27 percent from the field (15 of 56), including 5 of 24 (21 percent) from 3-point territory.
The Grizzlies were led by the 15 points, three assists and three steals of Taylor Goligoski.
Montana was ahead 26-24 at halftime, but was outscored 36-18 during the second half.
Seattle plays at Montana State on Sunday.