"Pretty soon you sit back as a coach and just marvel that a player comes up with another play," Legerski said.
"I think personally we were just trying to get over a hump," Landry, who scored 21 points, said. "It seemed like we were always down two or down three, trying to catch back up."
"We all had confidence in the team," Woodward said. "We kept saying, 'They've got it. We can still do it.' We had a lot of faith in them, and they fought hard until the very end."
Mileto hits two clutch FT to tie game at 61 61. Colorado State's Gritt Ryder's Nike Cortez Basic Leather '06 Men's Running Shoes
The first two overtimes played out like smaller summaries of the regulation that preceded it, as Colorado State took leads and Wyoming tied as the clock bled away. In the first overtime, rarely used senior Kaylee Hoffman buried a pull up jumper with 5 seconds left to tie things at 73 73. Five minutes later, Kaylie Rader corralled a dump off pass from Landry and dropped it into the basket, knotting the score at 84 84 and sending a marathon of emotion to overtime No. 3.
"I've only been involved in a three hour basketball game one other time," Legerski said. "There's plays to be made, there's plays left out on the floor, but the heart from the players on the floor was just tremendous today."
Wyoming lost the lead with 10:32 remaining in the first half, and it didn't reach even ground again until the waning moments of regulation. With 4 seconds left and an overwhelmingly brown and gold crowd holding its collective breath, junior guard Kaitlyn Mileto calmly sank two free throws to tie the game at 61 61.
Wyoming met Colorado State on Friday in a Mountain West Championship semifinal that had more late twists than an M. Night Shyamalan film. The Rams took a commanding 32 20 halftime lead, but the Cowgirls battled back to tie. The cycle repeated itself through one overtime, then another.
By the time the third overtime hit, Wyoming was a different team. Woodward, who played 50 minutes and scored 21 points, had fouled out. So had point guard Marquelle Dent and forward Fallon Lewis, who piled up 16 rebounds.
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"When you take a look at a game like this you take a look at all the plays you left on the floor whether it's a missed free throw, missed layup," Legerski said. "But then you start realizing how many plays were made on both sides. That was very evident out there."
Woodward hits FT to cut CSU lead to 39 35. Then five.
Both sides kept punching, but the Cowgirls finished one miracle short. Chelan Landry's desperation three pointer glanced the side of the rim and Wyoming fell in three overtimes, 95 92.
Its stars were sitting exhausted on the bench, watching their teammates struggle to fill the void.
than three hours after the beginning. Colorado State's Gritt Ryder lofted in layups and Sam Martin calmly dropped free throws, and Landry's bid for another game extending basket landed inches to the left.
the Cowgirls failed to make a field goal for the final 8:53 of the first half.
It was over the game, and maybe the season. A tremendous will carried the Cowgirls to three overtimes, but it didn't deliver the desired result.
But as the second half started, Wyoming started chipping away. The comeback was a gradual one, a layup here and a Nike Cortez Nm Qs Pack free throw there slowly grinding away at the deficit.
LAS VEGAS In a game that wouldn't end, the Cowgirls couldn't finish.
3 point heave ricocheted off the back iron, dropping harmlessly to the court. And in a Border War rubber match, Wyoming and Colorado State headed to overtime the first of three.
Wyoming Cowgirls fall to Colorado State in triple overtime
"It's one of those classic games that everybody's going to remember and talk about," Wyoming coach Joe Legerski said with a weary grin.
It was a dizzying turn of events, as dramatic as it was surreal. Like a carefully choreographed dance, the Rams punched and the Cowgirls answered.
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