Cowgirl Basketball Struggles against Lady Rebels

Feb. 2, 2010

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team (13-7 overall, 4-4 Mountain West Conference) opened up their week with 62-56 loss against the UNLV Lady Rebels (10-12 overall, 3-5 MWC), on Tuesday night in Las Vegas.

"I thought the biggest difference tonight was our inability to have a shot go down," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "We needed to attack the basket instead of settling for three's. This was a very difficult game, especially on the boards. Aubrey Vandiver and Hillary Carlson both played their hearts out tonight. They came out and gave us everything that they could. I was also proud of the way all of the young players came in and really gave a great effort."

Three Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures led by Aubrey Vandiver. She recorded ten points and 14 rebounds. Hillary Carlson had a team high 16 points, while Sara Wilson added 11 points. Wyoming shot 20-69 (.290) from the field and 6-30 (.200) from beyond the arc.

Four of five starters recorded double-figures for the Lady Rebels led by Kelli Thompson with 18 points. She was followed by Erica Helms with 16 points, and Jamie Smith and Mia Bell with ten. Smith recorded 17 rebounds. UNLV shot 19-53 (.358) from the field and 10-27 (.370) from beyond the arc.

It took the two teams a couple of minutes to get on the board as the Lady Rebels were the first team to do it to take an early 4-0 lead. A Jade Kennedy three-point field goal finally got the Cowgirls on the scoreboard, which made it 4-3 through the first media time-out. Wyoming would take a 5-4 lead with a Hillary Carlson basket, but UNLV went on a 7-2 run to take a four point advantage, 11-7. The Cowgirls pulled to within one, 11-10, unfortunately the Lady Rebels scored 14 of 16 to extend the lead to double-figures 25-12. Kristen Scheffler would hit a basket that would end an almost four minute drought for the Cowgirls. Each of the two teams hit a little bit of a wall as they combined for just ten points in the final five minutes of the half as UNLV would take a 31-18 lead into the lockerroom.

Wyoming was led by junior Aubrey Vandiver with seven points and 12 rebounds. She was followed by Jade Kennedy with three points and five rebounds. The Cowgirls struggled from the field shooting 7-37 (.189) and 2-16 (.125) from beyond the arc. UNLV was led by Mia Bell and Kelli Thompson with eight points each, while Jamie Smith added seven points and nine rebounds. The Lady Rebels shot 10-28 (.357) from the field.

UNLV came out and went on an 8-5 run to begin the second half to increase the lead to 16, 39-23, through the first media timeout. The Cowgirls responded with a 7-0 run to make it a nine-point game, 39-30, but an Erica Helms three-point shot put them back up 42-30. Over the next four minutes, the two teams traded scores as UNLV continued to maintain a double-figure lead, 46-35. Unfortunately, the Lady Rebels would start to pull away a bit as they went on a 10-4 run to put the score at 56-39. The Cowgirls would try and close the gap with a 13-4 run to make it, 60-53, with two minutes left to go in the game. They would creep even closer by scoring five of the next six points which made the score 61-56. Unfortunately, their comeback would fall short as UNLV took the game 62-56.

The Cowgirls return home to play the Colorado State Rams, on Saturday, Feb. 6. The game is set to tip off at 2 p.m.