Cowgirl Basketball Defeats Redhawks By Double-Figures, 70-51

Jan. 19, 2011


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The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (13-4 overall, 3-1 MWC) would win a non-conference match up with the Seattle University Redhawks (5-15 overall) by a final of 70-51 on Wednesday night in Laramie.

Three Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures led by senior Hillary Carlson. She recorded 20 points, eight rebounds and six blocked shots in the game. Aubrey Vandiver followed with 15 points and eight rebounds while Chaundra Sewell added 11 points and four assists. Wyoming shot 28-52 (.452) from the field, 10-30 (.333) from beyond the arc and out rebounded Seattle, 41-36.

The Redhawks were led by Elle Kerfoot who recorded a team high 11 points. She was followed by Carly Butcher with eight points. Three players each finished with four rebounds. Seattle shot 20-61 (.328) from the field and 8-21 (.381) from beyond the arc.

"I look at the stat sheet tonight and we shot 45 percent from the field, 33 percent from three, 19 assists and only ten turnovers," said head coach Joe Legerski. "It sure didn't seen that way in tonight's game. Seattle showed that they had a great deal of energy. They had 15 offensive rebounds, so we need to do a better job with that. Their zone made it difficult for us. We were 3-15 in the first half and we talked about having patience to get the ball inside, but the zone kept getting smaller. I think that was a key was our three-point shooting in the second half."

Wyoming jumped out early with a 7-0 lead, while Seattle finally got on the board with a three-point field goal by Julee Christanson. The Cowgirls answered with an 8-3 run to give them a nine point advantage, 15-6, and extended that to double-figures, 21-11. The Redhawks hit a couple of baskets to close the gap to six, 21-15, through the second media timeout. Five straight points from Hillary Carlson ended the run and put UW up 11, 26-15. With the score 31-18 in favor of Wyoming, both teams went about five minutes without scoring. The Redhawks outscored the Cowgirls 7-4 the remainder of the half but UW still took a 35-25 lead into the lockerroom.

Seattle came out with momentum to begin the second half and went on a 12-7 run to close the gap to five, 42-37. The Cowgirls scored two straight baskets to pull ahead 46-37, but a three-point field goal by Elle Kerfoot made it a six point game, 46-40. Wyoming responded with eight straight points to extend the lead back to 14, 54-40, while Seattle went five minutes with out a basket. After a small run by the Redhawks, the Cowgirls ran off 11 straight points to give them a 24-point lead, 68-44. They would go on to the 70-51 victory.

The Cowgirls return to conference action on Saturday, Jan. 22, against the Air Force Academy Falcons. The game is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.