Cowgirl Basketball Wins Big Road Game Over UNLV, 69-61

Jan. 26, 2011


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Behind a career high 34 points by Hillary Carlson, the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (15-4 overall, 5-1 MWC) came away with 69-61 road victory over the UNLV Lady Rebels (9-12 overall, 2-5 MWC) on Wednesday night in Las Vegas.

Hillary Carlson scored a career high 34 points and a season high 13 rebounds. She was 12-19 from the field and 9-10 from the free throw line. She was followed by Jade Kennedy with a season high 18 points, while Chaundra Sewell added a career high 12 rebounds and eight assists. Wyoming was 24-54 (.444) from the field, while out rebounding the Lady Rebels 45-41.

The Lady Rebels were led by Sandrine Nzeukou with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Kelli Thompson also added 11 points, while Erica Helms chipped in ten points. UNLV was 23-71 (.324) from the field and 5-24 (.208) from beyond the arc.

"So many players contributed to tonight's victory including Hillary Carlson with a career high 34 points and 13 rebounds," said head coach Joe Legerski. "Chaundra Sewell with 12 points and eight assists and the play of Jade Kennedy who hit a big three down the stretch when UNLV cut it to five."

UNLV jumped out early to a 4-2 lead to begin the game. The Cowgirls responded with an 8-2 run to go up four, 10-6, through the first media timeout. After a three-point field goal by Hillary Carlson, the Lady Rebels would get a basket after a four minute scoring drought. Wyoming would increase the lead to double-figures, 20-10, by scoring seven of the next nine points. Erica Helms hit a three-point shot for UNLV to chip into the Cowgirl lead, 20-13. They would respond with another 7-2 run to pull back ahead by 12, 27-15. A couple of baskets from the Lady Rebels cut the UW lead to eight, 27-19. Wyoming would get their advantage up to 14, 36-22. Four straight points by UNLV pulled them to within ten, 36-26. The two teams combined for seven points in the final two minutes as the Cowgirls a 40-29 lead going into the lockerroom.

Hillary Carlson led all scorers with 19 points as she was 9-12 from the field. Jade Kennedy followed with 12 points, while Chaundra Sewell had a team high seven rebounds. Wyoming shot 17-30 (.567) from the field and 6-14 (.429) from beyond the arc. UNLV was led by Sandrine Nzeukou with seven points and five rebounds. The Lady Rebels shot 11-30 (.367) from the field and 2-9 (.222) from beyond the arc.

Wyoming scored the first five points of the second half to pull ahead by 16, 45-29. The Lady Rebels would answer with a 9-0 run to chip in to the lead, 45-38, with 14:21 left on the clock. Out of the media timeout, two free throws by Hillary Carlson would end a four minute drought and start a 6-0 run to make it 51-38. UNLV wouldn't go away as they scored seven straight to pull within six, 51-45. A free throw by Aubrey Vandiver would end a four minute drought for Wyoming and a couple of free throws by Hillary Carlson made it a nine point game, 54-45. Erica Helms hit a shot to close the gap to six, 54-48, but four points by UW made it a double-figure game, 58-48. The Lady Rebels scored the next five points to make it a five point game, 58-53, but a huge three-point shot by Jade Kennedy ended the run with under three minutes to go in the game. The Cowgirls would play solid defense down the stretch and hit free throws to hold onto the 69-61 victory.

The Cowgirls will return home to close out the week as they host the San Diego State Aztecs. The game is set for 1:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on The Mountain Sports Network.