Cowgirls Earn Big Home Win Over Dons

Jan. 3, 2009

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (8-5 overall) closed out the non-conference season with an 82-60 victory San Francisco Dons (4-10 overall) on Saturday afternoon in Laramie.

"Both Hillary (Carlson) and Megan (McGuffey) really set the pace of this game," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "I thought Megan did a nice job especially when San Francisco started to press us. We did a nice job of finishing and attacking their pressure, plus it was a great effort to get the ball inside. With Hillary finishing with five offensive rebounds, it was sure that she could convert those into baskets. She's playing stronger all of the time."

Four Cowgirl players finished the game in double-figures led by sophomore Hillary Carlson and senior Megan McGuffey. Carlson had a career high 22 points along with six rebounds in her 17 minutes of play, while McGuffey also recorded 22 points and had seven rebounds. Elisabeth Dissen and Kristen Scheffler each added 12 points each. The Cowgirls were 28-52 (.538) from the field and 22-26 (.846) from the free throw line, while out rebounding San Francisco 36-31.

Shay Rollins led the way for the Dons with 19 points and three steals. She was followed by Necolia Simmons with 12 points and six rebounds. San Francisco shot 21-61 (.344) from the field and 6-19 (.316) from beyond the arc.

San Francisco got on the board early 3-0 as it took the Cowgirls a couple of minutes to get on the board. With the score 5-2 in favor of the Dons, Wyoming went on a 7-0 run to take a four point advantage, 9-5. A three-point field goal by Katy Keating pulled USF to within one, 9-8. Wyoming answered by scoring 9 of 11 to go up eight, 18-10. The Dons went on a 6-2 run which brought them to within four, 20-16. The Cowgirls came right back with another seven unanswered to increase the lead to double-figures, 27-16. San Francisco's Simmons and Rollins scored the next six points to end a scoring drought for the Dons which made it 31-22. Wyoming continued to battle and scored 11 of 16 in the final five minutes to take a 42-27 lead into the lockerroom.

The two teams traded baskets in the early going of the second half until four straight points by Wyoming gave them a 19-point lead, 51-2. That margin would grow to 20, 58-38, with a little over 13 minutes to go in the game. San Francisco tried to battle back with a 7-4 run to chip into the lead 62-45. Wyoming's lead was never in jeopardy as they went on to the convincing 82-60 victory.

Wyoming will open up conference play on Wednesday, Jan. 7, against the Utah Utes. The game is set to tip off at 7:30 p.m.