Wyoming Basketball Wins By Double-Figures Over Lobos

Jan. 8, 2011

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (11-3 overall, 2-0 MWC) went out on the road for the first time in conference play and earned a double-figure victory, 63-53, over the New Mexico Lobos (6-7 overall, 0-1 MWC) on Saturday afternoon in Albuquerque.

Three Cowgirls finished the game in double-figures led by Aubrey Vandiver. She finished with 24 points and nine rebounds. She was followed by Hillary Carlson with 21 points and Chaundra Sewell with 11 points and six assists. Wyoming was 24-47 (.511) from the field an 7-13 (.538) from beyond the arc.

New Mexico was led by Jasmine Patterson and Amanda Best with 12 points each. Best and Porche Torrance each recorded seven rebounds. The Lobos were 18-59 (.305) from the field and 7-20 (.350) from the three -point line.

"Once again, we played at a very high level at both ends of the floor," said head coach Joe Legerski. "To shoot over 50 percnet from the field took a tremendous amount of focus and confidence. Our senior leadership showed great composure and we made big plays down the stretch of the game."

It was low scoring through the first couple of minutes to begin the game as each team hit a three-point field goal. The Lobos would score the next eight of ten to give them an 11-5 lead through the first media timeout. Out of the break, Hillary Carlson would score the next seven straight to give the Cowgirls their first lead of the game, 12-11. Over the next four minute stretch, Wyoming extended their advantage to 11, 22-11, with ten unanswered, while the Lobos were cold. They went over six minutes without a basket, but would score to quick ones would bring them to within seven, 22-15. A three-point field goal by Randi Richardson put the Cowgirls back up by double-figures, 25-15, with 8:57 to go in the half. New Mexico responded with a 9-0 run to pull them to within one, 25-24. Wyoming went almost eight minutes before an Aubrey Vandiver field goal ended the drought. With time winding down, Randi Richardson would hit a shot at the buzzer to give UW a 29-24 lead going into the lockerroom.

Hillary Carlson led all scorers with 16 points in 19 minutes of play. Aubrey Vandiver followed with six points and four rebounds. Wyoming shot 11-25 (.440) from the field and 5-9 (.556) from the three point line. New Mexico was led by Jessica Kielpinski with eight points and three rebounds. Amanda Best added six points and six rebounds. The Lobos were 9-26 (.346) from the field and 4-13 (.308) from beyond the arc.

Aubrey Vandiver came out of the halftime break and scored the first five points for the Cowgirls to increase their lead back to double-figures, 34-24. UNM scored four of the next five to make it a seven point game, 35-28, which was answered with two baskets by Aubrey Vandiver put UW up 39-28 through the first media timeout. A couple of free throws by Jasmine Patterson made it a nine point game, 39-30. Wyoming came right back with seven straight points to give them a 16-point advantage, 46-30. Morgan Toben hit a three-point field goal to close the gap, 46-33, but another three baskets by the Cowgirls gave them an 18-point lead, 52-34. New Mexico continued to chip away at the lead as they scored 10 of the next 12 to make it 54-44 with five minutes to go in the game. A basket by Aubrey Vandiver ended the run and then the two teams traded baskets back and forth. With the score 60-50 in favor of the Cowgirls, a basket and free throw by New Mexico made it a seven point game with 1:28 left on the clock. Free throws down the stretch for the Cowgirls would seal the 63-53 win over the Lobos.

The Cowgirls will return home on Wednesday, Jan. 12, as they host the TCU Frogs. The game is set to begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Arena Auditorium.