Cowgirls Suffer Double-Figure Loss to Utes

Jan. 7, 2009

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (8-6 overall, 0-1 MWC) opened up the Mountain West Conference season with a 70-52 loss against the Utah Utes (8-6 overall, 1-0 MWC) on Wednesday night in Laramie.

"They have two veteran, experienced players in Warburton and Whipple," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "We knew going into tonight that we would have to try and slow them down. Now that's really easy to talk about on paper but translating that to the court is a different thing. I thought Kristen Scheffler did about a good a job as she could with Warburton. We just didn't have an answer defensively for Whipple.

"I thought on our side of the game with the score 17-13 we had an opportunity with some easy shots that didn't go down. I was extremely pleased with the play of Hillary Carlson. She had a big time effort tonight."

Sophomore Hillary Carlson led the way for UW with 19 points and three rebounds. She was 7-12 from the field and 5-7 from the free throw line. She was followed by Kristen Scheffler with 11 points and three blocked shots, while Megan McGuffey chipped in six points. Jade Kennedy led the way with five rebounds. The Cowgirls shot 18-55 (.327) from the field and 12-17 (.706) from the charity stripe.

Utah had two players in double-figures led by Kalee Whipple. She recorded a double-double with 32 points and ten rebounds. Morgan Warburton followed with 21 points and Halie Sawyer recorded a team high 11 rebounds. The Utes shot 28-60 (.467) from the field and out rebounded the Cowgirls 47-28.

Wyoming will have the weekend off before heading out on the road for the first time in MWC play. They will take on the San Diego State Aztecs, on Wednesday, Jan. 14. The game is set to tip at 8 p.m. Mountain Time in San Diego.