Cowgirl Basketball Suffers Loss to New Mexico

Jan. 16, 2010

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team (11-5 overall, 2-2 MWC) closed out the weekend with a 74-61 loss against the New Mexico Lobos (10-6 overall, 2-2 MWC), on Saturday afternoon in Albuquerque.

"Another learning experience about life on the road in the MWC," said head coach Joe Legerski. "We need to be sharp in all phases of the game. Today defensively, we broke down several times that led to baskets by New Mexico. I thought Kristen Scheffler and Jade Kennedy gave us a big lift. Now we have to go back to work in practice and get prepared for BYU."

Wyoming was led by Emma Langford who recorded a team high 13 points along with three assists and two rebounds. She was followed by Jade Kennedy with 12 points and five rebounds. Junior Aubrey Vandiver led the way with six rebounds. The Cowgirls were 24-55 (.436) from the field and 9-22 (.409) from beyond the arc.

New Mexico was led by Amanda Best with 21 points and five rebounds. Amy Beggin added 14 points and seven boards, while Sara Halasz recorded 13 points. The Lobos were 25-52 (.481) from the field, while out rebounding the Cowgirls 38-26.

It was all Lobos to begin the game as they jumped out to a 10-0 lead through the first media timeout as the Cowgirls missed their first six shots of the game. A three-point field by Jade Kennedy would finally get the Cowgirls on the board with 13:49 on the clock. Hillary Carlson would then score the next six points to close the margin to five, 14-9. UNM would answer with the next six points to regain an 11-point lead, 20-9. Wyoming would chip away with a 10-3 run to pull within four, 23-19. Over the next couple minutes, the two teams would trade baskets as the Lobos continued to lead. Wyoming would get as close as two points 32-30, but a three-point shot by UNM at the end of the half gave them a 35-30 lead going into the lockerroom.

Emma Langford led all scorers at half with ten, while Hillary Carlson chipped in eight. As a team, the Cowgirls were 12-30 (.400) from the field and 4-11 (.364) beyond the arc. Jessica Kielpinski had eight points and five rebounds to lead the Lobos. They were 13-27 (.481) from the field and out rebounded Wyoming 21-13.

Wyoming would cut the Lobo lead to three, 36-33, with a Kristen Scheffler three-point field goal. New Mexico would go on a 15-0 run to extend the lead to 18, 51-33. The Cowgirls went almost six minutes without scoring until an Emma Langford three-point field goal ended the drought. That would start a 9-4 run for Wyoming to bring them to within 13, 55-42. The Lobos came right back by scoring 12 of the next 17 to make it a 20-point game, 67-47. Unfortunately, it was a tough day for the Cowgirls as the fell 74-61 to New Mexico.

The Cowgirls will return home against the BYU Cougars, on Tuesday, January 19. The game is set to tip off at 6:00 p.m. and will be broadcast on the Mountain Sports Network.