Wyoming Basketball Struggles In Loss Against Cougars

Feb. 2, 2011

PROVO, Utah -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (16-5 overall, 6-2 MWC) had a tough night as they suffered a 25-point loss, 73-48, to the BYU Cougars (15-7 overall, 7-1 MWC) on Wednesday night in Provo.

Two Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures led by senior Aubrey Vandiver. She recorded a team high 16 points and eight rebounds. Chaundra Sewell added 14 points and seven rebounds. Wyoming shot 18-53 (.340) from the field and 3-16 (.188) from beyond the arc.

BYU was led by Coriann Fraughton who recorded 19 points, while adding four rebounds. Haley Hall and Kristen Riley each added 11 points and a team high seven rebounds. The Cougars shot 32-68 (.471) from the field and had 34 points in the paint.

"BYU executed very well offensively and shot the ball well on their home floor," said head coach Joe Legerski. "Chaundra and Aubrey stepped up and kept us in the game in the first half, and played hard for all 40 minutes. I'm pleased to be 6-2 at this point in time, but we have a great deal of work ahead of us during the second half of the conference season."

It was all Cougars to begin the game as Mindy Bonham scored the six straight points to give BYU a 6-0 lead through the first media timeout. Jade Kennedy got the Cowgirls on the board with a three-point field goal with 15:10 on the clock. Another basket by Chaundra Sewell would pull Wyoming within one, 6-5, but a quick shot from Coriann Fraughton put the Cougars back up three, 8-5. BYU would extend their lead to seven, 16-9, with an 8-4 run. The Cowgirls struggled with turnovers and scoring until two baskets cut in to the Cougar lead to make it 19-13 with 6:53 left in the half. Wyoming scored five of seven to narrow the gap to three, 21-18. After a Dani Peterson basket, two straight baskets from Chaundra Sewell made it a one point game, 23-22. Unfortunately, BYU scored the last five straight points to take a 28-22 lead into the lockerroom.

Wyoming was led by Chaundra Sewell with eight points along with four rebounds. She was followed by Aubrey Vandiver with six points and a team leading rebounds. The Cowgirls shot 9-24 (.275) from the field and out rebounded the Cougars 19-14. BYU was led by Mindy Bonham and Kristen Riley with six points each. Riley led the way with five rebounds. They were 13-31 (.419) from the field and 2-8 (.250) from beyond the arc.

The momentum continued for the Cougars out of the halftime break as they went on an 11-2 run to extend the lead back to 15, 39-24. A basket by Chaundra Sewell would end a three-minute scoring drought from the Cowgirls. The Cougars responded with a 10-5 run over the next four minute segment to give them an 18-point lead, 49-31. Wyoming closed the gap to 15, 49-34, but BYU scored 10 of the next 14 to extend the lead back to 21, 59-38. Unfortunately, the Cowgirls struggles from the field continued and the Cougars stayed hot from beyond the arc as BYU went on to the 73-48 victory.

The Cowgirls are back out on the road next time as they travel to Ft. Collins to face the Colorado State Rams. The game time is set for 2:00 p.m. at Moby Arena.