Cowgirls Stumble at BYU

Feb. 2, 2008

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PROVO, Utah (AP) - Freshman Mallary Carling scored 18 points and Brigham Young upset No. 15 Wyoming 56-42 on Saturday to send the Cowgirls to a second consecutive loss.

Freshman guard Mindy Neilson added 13 points and Cassie King had 10, including eight to help steady the Cougars (11-8, 5-2 Mountain West) during a ragged first half for both teams.

Justyna Podziemska scored 19 points and Aubrey Vandiver had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Wyoming (18-3, 6-2), which shot a season-low 22 percent for the game and made just 4-of-27 3-point attempts.

The Cowgirls' school-record 12-game win streak ended Wednesday in a loss to Utah at the buzzer.

Carling made three 3-pointers and scored 11 points to fuel a 23-5 BYU run that broke up a 29-29 game. Neilson added six points during the spurt.

Wyoming's leading scorer this season, Hanna Zavecz, struggled throughout the game and left with more than five minutes remaining. She was just 1-for-12 from the field and finished with three points, all in the first half, and three rebounds.


"We had a rough night shooting and those things happen," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "We are a perimeter oriented team and we have to make shots from the outside. Some nights it doesn't happen and tonight was one of them. We don't have a big post presence and that was made clear against BYU. I think we've played every night since November under a great deal of pressure and we just need to regroup for next weekend."

The Cougars were 10-28 (.357) from the field, while out rebounding Wyoming 22-18.

The Cowgirls will now have off until February 10 when they host the New Mexico Lobos. The game is scheduled to tip off at 3:00 p.m. in the Arena Auditorium and will be broadcast on CSTV.