Last-Minute Shot Downs Eagles In Gunnison


The homestanding Western Colorado Mountaineers hit a last minute three-pointer in the fourth quarter on Friday night, taking the lead late to upend the surging Chadron State College women’s basketball team in Gunnison.
The winning shot came from WCU freshman guard Kylie Krise, who was previously 0-for-2 from the floor in the game, all from three-point range, and was one of the better long-range shooters on the team at 36 percent from beyond the arc.
CSC tied the game, at 52-all, with five minutes remaining, on a layup by sophomore Ashayla Powers. Two possessions later, a steal by Powers became two points for sophomore Kadyn Comer.
A foul shot by sophomore forward Hayley Valencia put the game within one point for the Mountaineers.
The winning bucket came at the 1:13 mark, following a CSC turnover, and the Eagles missed a potential game-tying and game-winning layup and a three-pointer down the stretch.
For most of the game, the teams played a see-saw affair with eight ties and eight lead changes.
Most of the statistical advantages went to CSC, except for total rebounds, which the Mountaineers won 39 to 26, and second chance points, which went to Western 32 to 26.
The game’s leading scorer was CSC’s Samiyah Worrell, at 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting overall, and 4-of-7 from three-point range. Worrell also led CSC with six rebounds.
The Mountaineers got 14 points from Rachel Cockman, while Brooklyn Seymour and Emily Wagstaff each finished with 13. Valencia led both teams with 11 rebounds.
The Eagles go back to Colorado for contests at Regis and the University of Colorado Colorado Springs on Friday and Saturday this week.