Cowgirl Turnovers Prove Costly in Road Loss to Aztecs

Jan. 14, 2009

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (8-7 overall, 0-2 MWC) hit the road for the first time this season in Mountain West Confernce play and came up short, 49-42, against the San Diego State Aztecs (11-4 overall, 2-1 MWC) on Wednesday night in San Diego.

"I told the team how proud I was of them," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "Our goal tonight was to compete for 40 minutes. Kristen Scheffler , Elisabeth Dissen and Hillary Carlson really stepped up and gave us a big lift. It was really important for this group to play well, and I think we grew up a little bit tonight. Whether or not we can maintain that with young players, it will be the challenge. My hat also goes off to Randi Richardson, who played the 40 minutes under constant pressure."

Two Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures led by freshman Kristen Scheffler. She recorded 12 points, while shooting 5-9 from the field. She was followed by Elisabeth Dissen with ten points and Megan McGuffey with nine. Sophomore Hillary Carlson was the leading rebounder with seven. As a team, they were 16-40 (.400) from the field.

Paris Johnson was the leading scorer for the Aztecs with 14 points and six rebounds, while Jennifer Layton-Bailes added 11 points. San Diego State shot 20-62 (.323) from the field and out rebounded Wyoming 38-31.

Turnovers were a key statistic in the game, as the Cowgirls gave the ball away 23 times, compared to only 14 for the Aztecs.

Wyoming's leading scorer this season, freshman forward Emma Langford at 11.6 points per game, did not have a point against San Diego State on 0-3 shooting in 20 minutes of play.

In a low-scoring game, the teams combined for only 39 points in the first half, with SDSU leading 25-14 at the break. UW actually outscored SDSU 28-24 in the second half, but could not overcome the large first half deficit.

Wyoming will return home this weekend when they will host the UNLV Lady Rebels, on Saturday afternoon, in Laramie. The game is set to tip off at 1:30 p.m.