Fresno State’s seemingly never-ending nightmare in Laramie is over, despite Wyoming offering a final few scares Saturday afternoon.
Shauqunna Collins scored on a layup with 4.9 seconds remaining, lifting the Mountain West Conference-leading Bulldogs to a 66-65 win — their first on the Cowgirls’ homecourt in nine games there.
Trailing by one with 11 seconds remaining, Collins said she had one mission, “get to the rim as quick as possible and finish.”
The Bulldogs, the lone unbeaten team in the conference, seemingly had things well in hand with just more than 4 minutes remaining, with Collins’ layup at the 4:18 mark pushing the lead to nine at 64-55.
But the Cowgirls got close on a pair of 3-pointers and, amid missed shots and a pair of Fresno State turnovers, Marquelle Dent capped the comeback with consecutive baskets to put Wyoming into the lead with 11 seconds to play.
Collins then saved the day, as Fresno State improved to 14-3 overall and 6-0 in the Mountain West while extending its winning streak to 10.
The junior guard finished with 26 points — 16 in the second half — on 10-of-15 shooting and also had five rebounds after entering the game with averages of 6.6 points and 3.1 rebounds through the Bulldogs’ first 16 games.
“I thought ‘Q’ got an early rub and Raven (Fox) set the best screen of her life at midcourt,” Bulldogs coach Jaime White said. “She just gave Q enough room to read what was in front of her, but you still have to make that shot.”
Bego Faz Davalos had eight points, seven rebounds and six blocks off the bench for Fresno State.
Dent and Kayla Woodward, who hit one of the late 3-pointers, each had 20 for Wyoming (7-9, 2-4). Dent took the final inbounds pass and drove nearly the length of the court but missed a shot at the buzzer.
Both teams shot just better than 46% from the field, but the Cowgirls made it a game thanks to 8-of-16 shooting beyond the 3-point line. Fresno State won the rebounding battle 39-27 and had 13 turnovers to Wyoming’s 15.