Wyoming Basketball Wins Big Over Colorado State, 74-55

Feb. 5, 2011


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Behind a career high 35 points from Aubrey Vandiver, the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (17-5 overall, 7-2 MWC) came back with a 74-55 victory over the Colorado State Rams (12-10 overall, 5-4 MWC) on Saturday afternoon, in Ft. Collins.

"Aubrey Vandiver was special tonight," said head coach Joe Legerski. "She was 13 of 17 from the field, had 35 points and 11 rebounds is as good a game as I've had anyone play. It was a great team effort, shooting 55 percent from field and 22 assists on 28 baskets. Hillary had a quiet 17 points in 24 minutes. I was pleased with the effort of everyone."

The Cowgirls were led by senior Aubrey Vandiver who recorded her eighth double-double of the season with a career high 35 points and 11 rebounds. She also added six assists, while shooting 13-17 from the field and 4-6 from beyond the arc. Hillary Carlson added 17 points and six rebounds in 24 minutes of action. Wyoming shot 28-51 (.549) from the field, 9-18 (.500) from beyond the arc, while out rebounding the Rams 35-18.

Colorado State was led by Kim Mestdagh who recorded 18 points and three steals. She was followed by Hayley Thompson who had 13 points and Sam Martin added 12 points. The Rams were 23-51 (.451) from the field and 5-9 (.556) from beyond the arc.

Sam Martin hit two early baskets for the Rams to give them an early 4-0 lead. Wyoming answered with two scores of their own to tie it up at four all. After a basket by CSU, a three-point field goal by Jade Kennedy gave the Cowgirls their first lead of the game, 7-6. A three-point shot by Hayley Thompson gave the Rams a two point advantage, 9-7, through the first media timeout. Out of the break, Wyoming went on a 7-2 run to give them a three-point lead, 14-11, with 11:56 left in the half. A basket from Kim Mestdagh would end a couple minute drought for CSU, but the Cowgirls scored the next eight of ten to get the lead back to nine, 24-15. They extended their advantage to 15, 32-17, with six straight points. Kim Mestdagh would end a three-minute scoring drought for the Rams. The Cowgirls would close out the half on a 9-3 run to give them a 41-22 lead heading into the lockerroom.

Vandiver led all scorers with 18 points plus seven rebounds. Hillary Carlson added eight points and Randi Richardson finished with six. Wyoming shot 16-32 (.500) from the field and 6-12 (.500) from beyond the arc, while out rebounding CSU 21-10. Colorado State was led by Sam Martin with six points, while two other players added five points. The Rams were 10-25 (.400) from the field and 2-5 (.400) from beyond the arc.

Out of the halftime break, Kim Mestdagh scored the first six points for the Rams to cut into the Cowgirl lead, 43-28, but Wyoming scored five of seven to give them a 48-30 advantage. Over the next four minutes, the two teams played fairly even as the Cowgirls continued to lead, 51-35. Ashley Sickles would hit a big three-point field goal give UW a 19-point advantage, 54-35, while Sam Martin hit a basket to end a three minute drought for the Rams. The two teams each scored ten points each over the next stretch with Wyoming with a 17-point lead, 64-47. The Cowgirls had control the remainder of the way as they went on to the 74-55 victory.

The Cowgirls return home on Tuesday, Feb. 8, as they host the New Mexico Lobos. The game is set for 6:00 p.m. and will be broadcast on The Mtn. Sports Network.