TORRINGTON – Leading 50-49 heading into the final 10 minutes of play, the Eastern Wyoming College allowed the visiting Western Nebraska Community College Lady Cougars to go on a 16-2 run over a four-minute stretch as WNCC pulled away for an 80-62 win.
Prior to the late run, neither team had led by more than five points at any point through the first three quarters.
EWC sophomore Paula Martinez Sanz gave the Lady Lancers a lead in the opening seconds of the game, and it was a led which Eastern Wyoming held until late in the first quarter when Western Nebraska had an 8-1 spurt to take an 18-15 lead after the first 10 minutes.
Freshman Ane Esnal Aguirre tied the game early in the second quarter with a 3-pointer, and freshman Emma Strom backed the trey up with a triple of her own.
The Lady Lancers never trailed for the remainder of the half.
Coming out of the break, WNCC scored the first seven points to take a 35-31 lead in the first two minutes of the third quarter, but back-to-back buckets from Aguirre and Sanz tied the game once again.
With 5:26 left in the third, freshman Raleigh Basart broke the tie with a 3-pointer, and the Lady Lancers held the lead until the start of the final quarter.
Much like the third, Western Nebraska scored the first seven points of the fourth, sparking the 16-2 run.
The Lady Cougars pushed its lead to as many as 18 in the closing seconds of the game.
Sanz led the team with 15 points, while freshman Emilia Axelsson added 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Basart tossed in 11 points.
The Lady Lancers return to action on Saturday, Feb. 15 for the team’s final home game of the season. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.