Cowgirl Basketball Falters Against Lady Rebels

Jan. 17, 2009

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (8-8 overall, 0-3 MWC) lost their third straight game with a 71-64 defeat to the UNLV Lady Rebels (8-9 overall, 1-3 MWC) on Saturday afternoon in Laramie.

"We are a team that's trying to find its identity," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "At times we are searching for combinations of players that will work for both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. We may be able to score some points, but in the process give up some points. I thought tonight we made a great effort to get back into the game after we dug ourselves in a hole early. We missed some easy shots in this game. In the last four minutes of the game, I felt like UNLV did a good job of executing plays. They made plays that we couldn't convert on the other end."

Hillary Carlson led all scorers for the Cowgirls as she recorded 20 points and seven rebounds. Megan McGuffey followed with 18 points and seven boards, while Kristen Scheffler chipped in 15. Wyoming shot 22-61 (.361) from the field and 14-19 (.737) from beyond the arc.

UNLV also had three players in double-figures led by Erica Helms. She recorded a game high 23 points while shooting 8-10 from the field and 4-6 from beyond the arc. Shamela Hampton had 11 points followed by Dominique Harris with ten. Jamie Smith was the leading rebounder in the game with 15. The Lady Rebels were 22-61 (.361) from the field and out rebounded Wyoming 49-36.

UNLV took an early 4-0 advantage through the first media timeout as the Cowgirls struggled offensively out of the gate. It took them until the 14:52 mark to get on the board which would start a 9-2 run to even up the game at nine all. The Lady Rebels answered by scoring six of the next eight to go back up four, 15-11. UW scored the next five points to take their first lead of the game, 16-15, but an 8-2 run by UNLV put them up 23-18. Over the next several minutes, the Cowgirls chipped away at the lead by scoring 10 of 12 to regain a three-point advantage, 28-25. That lead was short lived as the Lady Rebels scored the final eight of ten in the half to take a 33-30 lead in to the lockerroom.

The Lady Rebels extended their lead to five, 39-34, out of the break. After the Cowgirls scored the next basket, UNLV scored five unanswered to make it an eight point game, 44-36. Scheffler would hit a three-point shot to cut into the lead, but the Lady Rebels responded with another 6-0 run to get the lead to double-figures, 50-39. Wyoming would battle back with 13 straight points including nine points from Megan McGuffey to give them the lead back at 52-50 with seven minutes left in the game. A pair of free throws by Raquel Jupiter ended a five minute drought for UNLV as they would regain the lead 54-52. Megan McGuffey tied the game up at 60, but a huge three-point shot by Shannon Oberg really seemed to deflate the Cowgirls. UNLV held Wyoming to just two field goals in the final two minutes of the game as they went on to the 71-64 victory.

Wyoming will continue play at home this week as they host the TCU Lady Frogs, on Wednesday, January 21. The game is set to tip off at 7 p.m.