The shots weren't falling - especially for long stretches - and defensive stops didn't come when they were needed the most.
The Colorado State women's basketball team struggled to find consistency on both ends of the court in its 53-49 defeat at the hands of northern rival Wyoming Saturday afternoon in Moby Arena.
The Pokes have now lost back-to-back contests for the first time this season, as UW moves to 11-7 overall and 2-3 in Mountain West Play.
The Cowboys went without a basket for 13 minutes, 12 seconds during the first half, and 9:44 in the second half. The Pokes shot 36 percent from the field for their lowest percentage since shooting 34 percent at SC on December 6.
The comeback hit a dead end, though, when Paige drained an open 3 from the top of the key to give the Rams a six-point lead with less than two minutes to go.
14 straight missed shots.
Wyoming (11-7, 2-3) responded and outscored Colorado State 20-8 over the final eight minutes of the first half and trailed 30-29 at halftime.
UW stayed in the game in the first half by going 11 of 16 from the free-throw line. Bob started the second half with a jumper, Prentiss Nixon followed with a 3-point play and Carvacho's layup - that followed a 3 from Wyoming's Hayden Dalton - made it 37-32.
CSU junior guard J.D. Paige made a 3-pointer with 1:38 remaining that gave the Rams a 73-67 lead. When the dust finally settled, 56 total fouls were called, 71 combined free throws were attempted and four players fouled out. Free throws kept UW in the game as it was 31 of 42 from the line.
"One thing we try to pride ourselves on is getting three stops in a row", Edwards said. "When you have a game like this where we don't shoot the ball well, you have to play incredible defense to win the game, and we didn't do that".
After the game, Ryun Williams praised Wyoming as one of the best teams in the conference that is able to control the game's tempo. "They've been giving us good scouting reports, but there have been too many mistakes on our part that we have to address and take more seriously". Dalton also led all players with four assists and secured 12 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season. Herndon entered the game with 964 points, and is now just 18 points shy of reaching the career 1,000-point mark.
The Cowboys got just seven points and three rebounds from their bench, which is another area Edwards said must improve.
"I always bragged about us having depth but, right now, I have to get more confidence in them because that has wavered", Edwards said. "I told them they have to show me a little bit more". "To that team, it's like a 16-point deficit because your possessions are limited and it's hard to score", CSU coach Ryun Williams said.
"Everybody needs to take this game personally", James said.
UW's next game is at 7 p.m. January 20 at Utah State, so it has some time to think about what has happened the past two games - and more importantly - work on those areas where it has struggled. "We all need to take a good look in the mirror and see what we've been doing wrong".