Cowgirls Fall to Utes, 54-47

Jan. 27, 2010


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The Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team (12-6 overall, 3-3 Mountain West Conference) would suffer a 54-47 loss against the Utah Utes (12-7 overall, 3-3 MWC), on Wednesday night in Salt Lake City.

Wyoming had two players in double-figures led by Hillary Carlson with 18 points, six blocks and four rebounds. She was followed by Emma Langford with 12 points and six rebounds, while Kristen Scheffler added eight points. The Cowgirls were 18-49 (.367) from the field and 10-14 (.714) from the free throw line.

"Hillary was big for us tonight with 18 points and really carried us to start the game," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "She was also a big part of our comeback, which is what you need from an All-Conference player and she showed that."

Utah was led by Kalee Whipple with 25 points and ten rebounds, while Janita Badon added ten points and eight boards. The Utes were 21-63 (.333) from the field and out rebounded Wyoming, 40-37.

The Cowgirls would take an early 4-0 from two Hillary Carlson baskets. It took Utah a couple of minutes before a free throw and three-point field goal by Janita Badon would even things up at four. Over the next couple of minutes, the two teams traded baskets as Wyoming took an 8-6 lead going into the first media timeout. After two free throws tied it up at eight, the Cowgirls scored five straight to make it 13-8. With the score 15-10 in favor of UW, both teams struggled to score as the Cowgirls went almost four minutes until a Jade Kennedy basket while Utah went almost six minutes without a basket. That Kennedy bucket would start a small run for the Cowgirls which gave them a 20-12 advantage with about five minutes left in the half. Both teams would combine for just 13 points in those final minutes as the Cowgirls took a 25-20 lead into the locker room.

Five straight points by Kalee Whipple would even up the score at 25 to begin the second half. After an Emma Langford basket, Utah would score the next five points to give them a 30-27 advantage through the first media timeout. The Utes lead would grow to seven, 38-29, with an 8-2 run. Wyoming would try and chip away at the lead as they scored the next five points to pull within six, 40-34. After a Utah basket, the Cowgirls scored nine straight points to re-take the lead 43-42 with just under six minutes left in the game. The Utes responded with an 8-2 run of their own to go back up by five, 50-45, but a Hillary Carlson would hit a basket with two minutes left to make it a three-point game, 50-47. Unfortunately, a couple of shots wouldn't fall for the Cowgirls as they would come up short by the score of 54-47.

The Cowgirls will return home on Saturday, January 30, as they host the Air Force Academy Falcons. The game time is set for 2 p.m. in the Arena Auditorium.