Jan. 9, 2010
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team (10-4 overall, 1-1 Mountain West Conference) suffered a 65-50 conference loss against the San Diego State Aztecs (10-4 overall, 2-0 MWC), on Saturday afternoon, in San Diego.
The Cowgirls were led by Emma Langford who scored a season high 21 points, while adding six assists, three steals and two blocked shots. She was 7-13 from the field and 5-6 from beyond the arc. She was followed by Hillary Carlson with 17 points and five rebounds. As a team, Wyoming was 20-50 (.400) from the field and 6-18 (.333) from beyond the arc.
San Diego State was led by Jene Morris with 22 points and four assists. She was followed by Paris Johnson with 13 points and Quenese Davis with 11. The Aztecs were 27-63 (.429) from the field while out rebounding the Cowgirls 41-29.
Wyoming would score the first basket of the game, but San Diego Sate would hit a couple of three-point field goals to take a one-point lead 6-5. An 8-5 run by the Cowgirls gave them a two-point advantage, 13-11, through the first media timeout. Two baskets by the Aztecs gave them the lead back, 15-13, which was answered with a three-point field goal by Emma Langford to put them up 16-15. Unfortunately, SDSU ran off 14 straight points to extend the lead to double-figures, 29-16, as the Cowgirls went cold. Two free throws by Hillary Carlson would finally break a five minute scoring drought. The Cowgirls would try and chip away at the lead by scoring six of ten to pull within nine, 33-24, with 4:15 remaining in the half. Despite playing tough in the final minutes of the first half, Wyoming would go into the locker room down 39-27.
Emma Langford led the Cowgirls at the half with 16 points followed by Hillary Carlson with seven. Wyoming shot 10-21 (.476) from the field and 5-10 (.500) from beyond the arc. The Aztecs were led by Jene Morris with 16 points, while Paris Johnson added nine. San Diego State was 15-32 (.469) from the field and 6-11 (.545) from the three-point line.
The Cowgirls came out of the halftime break and went on a 7-2 run to close the gap to seven, 41-34. San Diego State answered with two quick baskets to make it 45-34 through the first media timeout. After a Wyoming basket, the Aztecs scored 11 of 15 to increase the lead to 16, 56-40. The Cowgirls continued to battle back as they went on an 8-5 run to pull within 13, 61-48 with a little under six minutes to go in the game. Both teams went a couple of minutes without scoring until a Hillary Carlson lay-up made it 61-50. Unfortunately, the Aztecs were too much as the Cowgirls fell 65-50.
"I was really pleased to see Emma have a break out game," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "Not only with her scoring but she had six assists, three steals and two blocks. She really did a great job keeping us in the game. I'm happy with the fact that we are 1-1 with two road games to begin the conference season, but we have to go home and defend our home court against TCU."
The Cowgirls will return home as they host the TCU Lady Frogs, on Wednesday, January 13. The game is set to tip at 7 p.m.