Buzzer Beater Blues, Cowgirls Lose to Utah 60-59

Jan. 30, 2008

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LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) -- Morgan Warburton scored 18 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer with 3 seconds remaining, to lead Utah to a 60-59 victory over No. 15 Wyoming on Wednesday night, ending the Cowgirls' 12-game winning streak.

The Utes (17-3, 6-0 Mountain West) led for most of the second half and built a 51-44 lead before Wyoming went on a 14-6 run to take a 58-57 lead with 1:29 to play.

Wyoming's Jodi Bolerjack was fouled with 19 seconds remaining and went 1-for-2 from the free throw line to give the Cowgirls a 59-57 lead. But Utah's Leilani Mitchell passed to Halie Sawyer, who missed an open 3-pointer. Warburton came up with the rebound and fired the winning shot.

Mitchell led Utah with 16 points, and Kalee Whipple added 13.

Aubrey Vandiver finished with 18 points for Wyoming (18-2, 6-1). Hanna Zavecz and Dominique Sisk each scored 13, and Bolerjack scored 10.

Vandiver was the only Cowgirl to score in the first 14 minutes of the game as Utah took a 20-11 lead. Wyoming scored 10 of the period's final 12 points to pull within 25-23 at the break.


"You have to give Utah credit," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "They made one more play. When you are up two and we were at the line for another free throw and missed it. We had to go down and defend. They took a shot missed and we needed to get the rebound, which we didn't. They got another opportunity and made one more play. I think in ball games of this caliber, you can go back through and there may be several plays that you could have grabbed an extra rebound or made another shot. When it comes down to it, the ball fell in the right person's hands, Warburton, and it ended up falling for them."

The Cowgirls shot 20-44 (.455) from the field and just 12-18 (.667) from the free throw line.

The Utes shot 23-49 (.469) from the field, while out rebounding the Cowgirls 34-21.

Wyoming will head out on the road to close out the week. They will take on the BYU Cougars, on Saturday, February 2. The game is set to tip off at 4:00 p.m. in Provo.