Cowgirl Basketball Struggles in Loss Against Cougars

Jan. 31, 2009


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On a poor shooting night from the field, the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (10-10 overall, 2-5 MWC) lost by 13 points, 58-45, against the BYU Cougars (14-5, 4-3 MWC), on Saturday afternoon in Laramie.

"We really struggled all game offensively," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "When you take a look at what BYU was able to do, being aggressive defensively and took us out of the motion we wanted to run with the basketball. I was happy at half time to only shoot 19 percent from the field and to be down only three. The problem is we came out with very little energy to start off the second half. BYU came out, jumped on us and ran off six straight points to extend the lead to nine. It seemed like anytime we made a run at them to cut into the lead, they had an answer."

Elisabeth Dissen was the leading scorer with nine points along with five rebounds off the bench for Wyoming. Emma Langford added eight, while Kristen Scheffler and Hillary Carlson each recorded seven points. The Cowgirls shot 13-49 (.265) from the field and 3-16 (.188) from beyond the arc.

BYU was led by Keilani Moeaki with 13 points and five rebounds. Mindy Nielson chipped in nine points and four steals. Three players finished with a team high six rebounds. The Cougars were 22-53 (.415) from the field while out rebounding the Cowgirls 40-32.

A quick basket by Carlson put the Cowgirls up 2-0, and then both teams went several minutes without scoring. BYU would get on a the board with a Jazmine Foreman basket at the 16:51 mark. Each team would hit a three-point shot as it was 5-5 through the first media timeout. Over the next five minutes, the teams combined for five free throws as BYU took an 8-7 lead. At the 10:35 mark a Foreman layup ended the field goal drought for both teams. With the score 12-8 in favor of the Cougars, Wyoming scored five unanswered to take a one point lead, 13-12. BYU would answer with a 6-2 run to go up three, 18-15. They would extend the lead to seven by scoring the next five of six points to make it 23-16. The Cowgirls went over four minutes before a Langford basket ended the drought for them. She would score the next four points for Wyoming to pull them to within three, 23-20, which would be the halftime score.

The Cougars came out strong in the second half as they scored the first six points as Wyoming went until the 16:05 mark before a Dissen basket made it 29-22. BYU responded with a 7-2 run to extend the lead to double-figures 36-24. A Scheffler three-point shot cut into the lead, 36-27, but two quick baskets gave the Cougars a 40-29 advantage. The Cowgirls tried to battle their way back into it with five straight to pull within six, 40-34, with 8:35 left on the clock. BYU would respond right back with an 11-4 run to pull ahead by 13, 51-38. Unfortunately, the Cowgirls weren't able to pull any closer than 11 as BYU went on to the 58-45 victory.

Wyoming will continue play next week as they host the New Mexico Lobos, on Wednesday, Feb. 4. The game time is set for 7 p.m. in the Arena Auditorium.