Feb. 6, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team (14-7 overall, 5-4 Mountain West Conference) swept the season series over the Colorado State Rams (11-11 overall, 3-6 MWC) with a 69-52 victory, on Saturday afternoon, in Laramie.
"I thought in the second half we became a little more comfortable with the press," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "We talked about making sure that when one player received the ball we needed to make the extra pass and more importantly stay aggressive. That was a big part of our game in the second half. The play when Chaundra Sewell drove down the court and got the ball to Kristen Scheffler was a key play, along with getting to the free throw line. We came out in the second half and attacked on the inside. It was impressive to have two players with double-doubles in the same game. Hillary Carlson was a force on the inside tonight. With 25 points and 15 rebounds, it was a tremendous effort from her along with Aubrey Vandiver who was just as good. When we moved the basketball and had player movement which made us good offensively."
Four Cowgirls finished the night in double-figure scoring led by junior Hillary Carlson. She recorded 25 points, five blocked shots and a career high 15 rebounds. Aubrey Vandiver finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds for her 12th double-double of the year, while Emma Langford and Kristen Scheffler added 13 and ten points respectively. Wyoming shot 27-64 (.422) from the field and 13-18 (.722) from the free throw line, while out rebounding the Rams 47-35.
Colorado State was led by Kim Mestdagh with 12 points, while Natalie van den Adel added ten points and three rebounds. Chantel Kennedy finished with a team high nine rebounds. The Rams were 18-61 (.295) from the field and 5-22 (.227) from beyond the arc.
The Rams struck first as they took a 4-0 lead through the first media timeout. A three-point field goal by Hillary Carlson got the Cowgirls on the board with 15:10 on the clock. Wyoming would win the next several minutes as that would start a 7-2 run to put them ahead 7-6. Both teams would go into a little bit of a drought but two baskets by the Cowgirls make it a five-point game, 11-6. CSU would go almost six minutes before a Kim Mestdagh three-point field goal would end their drought. Wyoming would build the lead back to seven, 18-11, but the Rams scored 10 of 14 to pull within one, 22-21. The Cowgirls remained steady and closed out the half on a 5-2 run to take a 27-23 lead into the lockerroom.
Out of the break, Wyoming scored five straight to extend the lead to nine, 32-23. The Rams would hit their first basket of the half at the 16:18 mark, which was answered with an 8-1 run to put the Cowgirls up 40-26. Over the next several minutes, both teams traded baskets as Wyoming maintained their double-figure lead. With the score 48-35 in favor of the Cowgirls, CSU hit a three-point field goal to pull within ten, 48-38, with 8:18 remaining in the game. That would be as close as Colorado State would get as the Cowgirls closed out the game scoring 21 of the final 35 points to come away with the 69-52 win.
The Cowgirls continue play at home as they host the San Diego State Aztecs, on Wednesday, Feb. 10. The game is set to tip off at 7 p.m.