Cowgirl Basketball Opens Conference Play With Victory Over Rams

Jan. 5, 2010


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The Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team (10-3 overall, 1-0 Mountain West Conference) pulled out a 64-61 victory over the Colorado State Rams (8-6 overall, 0-1 MWC), on Tuesday night in Ft. Collins.

"We didn't make all the plays down the stretch, but made enough of them to come up with a victory," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "Aubrey with another double-double and the way the team played with Hillary fouling out of the game you can't say enough about the effort. Aubrey, Hillary and Emma did a great job of carrying this team to a victory."

Three Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures led by Aubrey Vandiver. She recorded a team high 16 points along with ten rebounds in the win. She was followed by Emma Langford with 15 and Hillary Carlson with 14. As a team, they were 25-64 (.391) from the field.

CSU was led by Chantilla van Grinsven who recorded 15 points and 13 rebounds. The Rams were 25-65 (.385) from the field and out rebounded the Cowgirls 52-34.

Colorado State would score the first basket of the game, but Emma Langford scored the next five points to give Wyoming a 5-2 advantage. They would score the next five to increase the lead to 9-5 through the first media timeout. The Rams hit the next two baskets to even things up. The Cowgirls responded with seven straight points to regain a 16-9 advantage. A basket by Megan Heimstra ended an almost four minute scoring drought by Colorado State, but another 9-0 run increased the lead to double-figures, 25-11. Over the next several minutes, both teams played very evenly as the Cowgirls continued to lead 31-17 with 5:07 left in the half. The Rams seemed to gain a little momentum as the scored seven of the next nine to pull within nine, 33-24. Wyoming answered with two quick baskets and would take a 38-27 lead into the locker room.

Emma Langford led all scorers at the half for Wyoming with 14 while Aubrey Vandiver added nine points. Hillary Carlson led the way with four rebounds. The Cowgirls shot 17-33 (.515) from the field and 4-12 (.333) from beyond the arc.

Colorado State was led by two players with five points each, while Megan Heimstra finished with a team high eight rebounds. The Rams shot 12-28 (.429) from the field while out rebounding the Cowgirls 20-13.

A 6-4 run to begin the second half for the Rams pulled them to within nine, 42-33. The Cowgirls scored the next five of nine to increase the lead back to double-figures 47-37. CSU scored five straight points to make it a six point game, but a three-point field goal by Kristen Scheffler put UW back up by nine, 50-41. Colorado State continued to battle back with an 8-3 run to close the gap to four, 53-49. A Hillary Carlson basket would finally end a three minute scoring drought for the Cowgirls with just over eight minutes left in the game. Jade Kennedy would then hit a three-point field goal to give Wyoming an eight-point lead, 58-50, but the Rams answered to make it 58-53. Both teams went a couple of minutes without scoring until a Chatilla van Grinsven basket made it 58-55. A huge three-point shot by Aubrey Vandiver with the shot clock winding down ended a four minute drought. Unfortunately, the Rams wouldn't go away as they pulled to within one, 62-61, with 11.9 seconds on the clock. Aubrey Vandiver would make one of two free throws to make it 63-61. Colorado State would drive down the court and turnover the ball as the Cowgirls would get the rebound. Emma Langford would give the Cowgirls a 64-61 lead with five seconds left on the clock. A final attempt by the Rams would fail and Wyoming would come away with a 64-61 win.

The Cowgirls will continue play on the road as they take on the San Diego State Aztecs, on Saturday, January 9. The game is set to tip off at 3 p.m. Mountain Time.