Wyoming Basketball Wins Big in Conference Opener

Jan. 5, 2011

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (10-3 overall, 1-0 MWC) dominated in their conference opener with a 40-point win, 83-43, against the Colorado State Rams (7-7 overall, 0-1 MWC) on Wednesday night in Laramie.

Four Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures, which included a triple double by senior Jade Kennedy. She recorded a season high 17 points and a career high 11 rebounds and 11 assists. She was 6-11 from the field and 5-9 from beyond the arc. Hillary Carlson recorded her third double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds followed by Chaundra Sewell with 18 points and Aubrey Vandiver with 16 points and eight rebounds. Wyoming was 30-57 (.526) from the field, 10-25 (.400) from beyond the arc and 13-15 (.867) from the free throw line. They also out rebounded the Rams 41-25.

Colorado State was led by Sam Martin with 11 points and five rebounds in 27 minutes of play. Three other players finished with six points while Sara Hemmings led the way with six rebounds. The Rams were 18-55 (.327) from the field and 1-12 (.083) from beyond the arc.

"Coming into tonight's game, I knew statistically Colorado State and Wyoming were very even in several categories," said head coach Joe Legerski. "This game was going to be about who was going to step up and shoot the basketball, along with making things as difficult as possible defensively. We got off to a great start led by Chaundra Sewell who was very aggressive. When she plays that way it really helps us out, and you always know that Aubrey and Hillary will be there. More importantly was the triple double by Jade Kennedy. I can't remember the last time if any that I've had a player with a triple double, but to see Jade do that and from the four spot. She can shoot the basketball, knows where she wants to go with the ball and rebounds. Defensively we also played well which was led by Randi Richardson."

The Cowgirls struck first with a three-point field goal by Hillary Carlson. Colorado State got on the board with a Kelley Hartig basket with 18:08 on the clock. A 6-0 run by Wyoming extended the lead to seven, 9-2. Sara Hemmings would hit a jumper to end a two minute drought which was answered with another six straight by UW to make the score 15-4 through the first media timeout. The two teams played even over the next eight minute stretch as Wyoming continued to lead 28-15 with 7:27 to go in the half. The Cowgirls scored the next two baskets out of the timeout to increase their advantage back to 17, 32-15, but the Rams responded with four points to pull within 13. It was low scoring the remainder of the half as the two teams combined for just 11 points as Wyoming took a 39-23 lead into the lockerroom.

Wyoming came out in the second half and went on a 9-0 run to increase the lead to 25, 48-23. Colorado State went over four minutes before scoring their first basket of the half. After a timeout, the Cowgirls went on a 10-3 run to pull ahead by 30, 58-28. Over the last half of the game, the lead would grow to as many as 42, as Wyoming cruised to the 83-43 victory.

The Cowgirls will be on the road for the first time in league play as they travel to Albuquerque to face the New Mexico Lobos. The game is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 8, at 12:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast on CBS College Sports.