Jan. 15, 2011
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (12-4 overall, 3-1 MWC) rebounded with a 55-48 win over the Utah Utes (9-9 overall, 2-2 MWC) on Saturday afternoon in Salt Lake City. It's the first time they've defeated the Utes since March 3, 2007 in Salt Lake.
Three Cowgirls finished the game in double-figures led by senior Aubrey Vandiver. She recorded 22 points, nine rebounds and four assists in the victory. She was followed by Hillary Carlson with 11 points and six rebounds, while Randi Richardson recorded a season-high 11 rebounds. The Cowgirls were 20-52 (.385) from the field and 9-25 (.360) from beyond the arc, while out rebounding the Utes 42-34.
Utah was led by Janita Badon with 14 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Iwalani Rodrigues added 13 points and Diana Rolniak finished with ten points and seven rebounds. The Utes were 19-57 (.333) and 8-27 (.296) from beyond the arc.
"We had so many players contribute tonight. From Aubrey's solid play to four big shots hit by Randi and Bec (Campigli)," said head coach Joe Legerski. "To find a victory on the road you need hustle plays and focus and we did that tonight. Chaundra Sewell was impressive on the offensive glass with five and played tremendous defense throughout the game."
Wyoming came out strong to begin the game, as they scored seven straight points to give them a 7-0 lead through the first media timeout. Two free throws by Aubrey Vandiver and a basket from Hillary Carlson extended the lead to 11-0, while the Utes finally got on the board with a three-point field goal by Janita Badon with 13:29 on the clock. A 6-2 run by the Cowgirls increased their lead to 12, 17-5, with 10:41 left in the half. There wasn't a lot of scoring over the next several minutes as the two teams combined for four points as Wyoming continued to lead 21-5. Two three-point field goals by Utah cut into the Cowgirl lead and made it 21-11. Randi Richardson answered with a three-point basket of her own regain a 13-point game 24-11, but nine straight points by Utah brought them to within four, 24-20. Aubrey Vandiver hit a basket to end a three-minute drought for the Cowgirls, which was answered with six of eight by Utah to bring them to within two, 28-26. Senior Aubrey Vandiver would score the final five points of the half to give UW a 33-26 lead going into the lockerroom.
The Cowgirls would be led at the half by Aubrey Vandiver 17 points and five rebounds. Hillary Carlson and Randi Richardson each had six points while Chaundra Sewell finished with a team high six rebounds. Wyoming shot 12-29 (.414) from the field while out rebounding Utah 23-18. The Utes were led by Janita Badon and Iwalani Rodrigues with eight points, while Badon had six rebounds. Utah was 10-32 (.313) from the field and 5-14 (.357) from beyond the arc.
Out of the break each team scored a basket within the first minute and then after a couple scoreless minutes, Diana Rolniak ended the drought to make it 35-31. That would start a 5-0 run by Utah to bring them to within one, 35-34. Randi Richardson would hit a three-point field goal to end an almost five minute scoring drought, and started an 8-0 run for the Cowgirls to extend their lead back to nine, 43-34, with 12 minutes to go in the game. After a basket by Utah's Diana Rolniak, five straight points by Wyoming made the lead double-figures, 48-36. The Utes continued to battle as two three-point field goals and a basket pulled them to within four, 48-44. The Cowgirls responded with five of the next seven including a three-point shot by Aubrey Vandiver gave them a seven point lead, 53-46, with 4:39 left in the game. Over the next three minutes the two teams scored just three points as Wyoming continued to hold onto a 54-48 advantage. A free throw by Bec Campigli was the only point scored in the final minute as the Cowgirls held on to the 55-48 victory.
The Cowgirls return home for two games next week in Laramie. They will step out of conference play to host the Seattle University Redhawks on Wednesday, Jan. 19, and then return on Saturday, Jan. 22, against the Air Force Academy Falcons.