Cowgirls Win By Double Figures Over Cougars

Jan. 19, 2010

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team (12-5 overall, 3-2 Mountain West Conference) earned a 15-point victory, 69-54, over the BYU Cougars (12-4 overall, 3-1 MWC), on Tuesday night in Laramie.

"Tonight, it was uncharacteristic for us to shoot 31 percent in the first half. One thing I think was happening is that we've made such a point about our rebounding, which in turn made our shooting suffer a little bit," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "We talked at half time about whoever was shooting the basketball that was their job. To come out and shoot 55 percent in the second half, we did a good job. The biggest stat I look at as well tonight is having 17 assists on 21 field goals. This team does a great job of sharing the basketball. They worry about Wyoming winning rather than individual totals. Two key plays tonight, Randi Richardson stepped up and hit a three followed by Aubrey, which put us up 46-40 and gave us some momentum to close out the game."

Three Cowgirls finished the night in double figures led by junior Aubrey Vandiver. She recorded a tenth double-double of the season with 19 points and 14 rebounds. She was 4-8 from the field and 8-11 from the free throw line. Emma Langford had 17 points and six rebounds, while Kristen Scheffler added 11 points in her 20 minutes of play. Wyoming was 21-52 (.404) from the field, 12-27 (.444) from beyond the arc and out rebounded the Cougars 42-32.

BYU was led by Haley Hall and Alexis Kaufusi with 11 points each followed by three other players with eight points. Kristen Riley recorded a team high seven rebounds. The Cougars shot 22-58 (.379) from the field but just 1-12 (.083) from beyond the arc.

The Cowgirls would take a 5-2 lead to being the game, but two baskets by BYU put them up one, 6-5. They would increase their lead to seven, 14-7, with an 8-2 run. Wyoming would score the next seven of ten to pull within three, 17-14. Unfortunately, the Cougars would increase their advantage back to seven, 26-19, with 5:32 left in the half. A three-point field goal by Hillary Carlson would start a 6-2 run for UW to bring them to within one, 28-27. A lay-up by Mindy Bonham with under a minute to go in the half would give the Cougars a 30-27 lead heading into the locker room.

Right out of the gate to begin the second half, Randi Richardson would score the first four points to give the Cowgirls a one-point lead, 31-30. After a Haley Hall jumper, Wyoming would score the next six of eight to make it 37-34. A 6-3 run from BYU would even it up at 40 all, which was answered by Randi Richardson and Aubrey Vandiver three-point field goals to regain a 46-40 advantage. Over the next several minutes, the Cowgirls held on to a four to six point lead. With the score 49-44 in favor of Wyoming they would go on a 7-2 run to extend their advantage to double-figures 56-46 with just under four minutes left in the game. The Cougars continued to battle and chipped away by scoring six of nine to pull within eight, 60-52. With 1:23 left in the game, Kristen Scheffler would hit a three point field goal which would give the Cowgirls a 64-52 advantage. Free throws and a good defensive effort down the stretch helped Wyoming come away with the 69-54 victory.

The Cowgirls will be back in action on Wednesday, January 27, as they travel to Salt Lake City. They will take on the Utah Utes at 7 p.m.