Feb. 8, 2009
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (11-11 overall, 3-6 MWC) battled until the end but fell short by the final of 64-57 against the Utah Utes (16-6 overall, 9-0 MWC) on Sunday afternoon in Salt Lake City.
"We are really pleased with the effort from the team," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "I thought the whole second half we played from behind. We played well and kept the game close but most of the time we were down. Emma Langford and Megan McGuffey played extremely well and made plays for us. It was a possession here or there that made a difference."
Two Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures led by freshman Emma Langford with 20 points and four rebounds in her 31 minutes of play. Megan McGuffey added 14 points, while Kristen Scheffler added seven. Hillary Carlson led the way with six rebounds. Wyoming shot 19-56 (.339) from the field and 8-22 (.364) from beyond the arc.
Utah was led by Morgan Warburton with 28 points and seven rebounds. Kalee Whipple added 22 points and six rebounds. The Utes shot 21-47 (.447) from the field and 18-22 (.818) from the free throw line.
It was a struggle for both teams offensively through the first four minutes of the game as they combined for just one basket each. The Utes would come out of the timeout and go on an 8-0 run to regain the lead, 10-2. An Elisabeth Dissen field goal would end an almost five minute scoring drought for Wyoming to make it 10-4. Over the next several minutes there wasn't much scoring, but a 6-4 run by the Cowgirls brought them to within four, 14-10. Whipple would hit a basket to give Utah the six point lead back, 16-10. Wyoming answered right back with seven straight points to take their first lead of the game 17-16 with 6:54 left in the half. The lead changed hands a couple of times until Utah scored five of seven to go back up by two, 23-21. Langford would score the next four of six points to even it up at 25 all with just over a minute left in the half. With the shot clock winding down, Scheffler would hit a three-point shot to give Wyoming a three-point lead, but Josi McDermott went down and answered to tie it up and send the game into a halftime tie, 28-28.
Both teams really struggled out of the halftime break as it took until the 16:23 mark and two free throws by Hannah Stephens to get the scoring going. The Cowgirls answered with a McGuffey three-point field goal to give them a one point lead, 31-30, through the first media timeout. Utah came back with an 8-0 run to regain a seven-point lead, 38-31, as Wyoming went almost four minutes without a basket. With the score 41-33 in favor of the Utes, Langford would hit a three-point shot to pull them to within five, 41-36, but Utah scored five of the next seven to extend the lead back to eight, 46-38. The Cowgirls would score the next four of six to make it a six point game, 48-42, unfortunately a 9-4 run by the Utes put them ahead by double-figures, 57-46. Wyoming continued to battle and went on a 6-2 run to pull within five, 59-52, but free throws would close it out for Utah and give them the 64-57 win.
Wyoming will return home for one game next week as they host San Diego State Aztecs, on Sunday, Feb. 15. The game is set to begin at 2 p.m.