Feb. 10, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team (15-7 overall, 6-4 Mountain West Conference) earned a key victory in the MWC with a 63-51 win over the San Diego State Aztecs (14-8 overall, 6-4 MWC), on Wednesday night, in Laramie.
"We talked about having to compete for 40 minutes tonight against a great San Diego State team," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "We knew that we couldn't let up, because they can score quickly, create turnovers and we saw that in the first half. We would get out to an eight to ten point lead and they would close that gap. The team showed great composure down the stretch, stepped up and made our free throws, but more importantly we did a great job rebounding. Going into the game, I knew we try and keep San Diego State close on the glass. To their credit they grabbed 21 offensive rebounds, but for us we got 23."
Two Cowgirls finished the night with double-doubles led by Hillary Carlson with 21 points, ten rebounds and six blocked shots. She was followed by Aubrey Vandiver with 18 points and 15 rebounds for her 13th double-double of the season. Emma Langford added 11 points as did Jade Kennedy plus nine rebounds. Wyoming shot 19-60 (.317) from the field and 19-24 (.792) from the free throw line, while out rebounding San Diego State 50-43.
"Aubrey and Hillary once again were solid for us. Aubrey with 18 points and 15 rebounds and Hillary with 21 points and ten rebounds, plus Aubrey played all 40 minutes. I knew this was a game that we had to play high minutes because of San Diego State's pressure and how they able to turn you over in a hurry."
The Aztecs were led by Jene Morris with 12 points and seven rebounds, while Quenese Davis added ten points and a team high 11 rebounds. SDSU shot 19-65 (.292) from the field and 6-22 (.273) from beyond the arc.
The Cowgirls got on the board first with five points from Hillary Carlson. San Diego State would finally score with 15:59 on the clock and two quick baskets pulled them to within one, 5-4. Wyoming answered with five straight to take a 10-5 lead into the first media timeout. A 5-2 run by the Aztecs would make it 12-9 as the Cowgirls went almost four minutes without scoring. An Emma Langford three-point play plus a free throw by Hillary Carlson put them ahead, 16-9. San Diego State would score the next four points which made it 16-13 with a just under seven minutes in the half. A small run by Wyoming gave them a seven-point lead, 20-13 unfortunately two three-point field goals by the Aztecs brought them to within three, 22-19. After two Emma Langford free throws, an Allison Duffy three make it a two point game, 24-22, with three minutes left in the half. Wyoming would score six straight points to close out the half to take a 30-22 lead into the lockerroom.
The two teams traded scored out of the break as the Cowgirls continued to lead 36-28. With the score 38-30 in favor of Wyoming, they went on a 6-0 run to extend the lead to double-figures, 44-30. A 4-3 run by the Aztecs would make it 47-34 and then both teams would go cold. The Cowgirls ended their four minute drought with an Emma Langford lay-up, while two free throws ended it for SDSU. That would start another run for Wyoming as it put them up 17, 53-36. San Diego State would chip away at the lead as they scored nine of ten to make the score 54-45 with 1:45 on the clock. The Cowgirls kept their composure and hit nine of their next ten free throws to go onto the 63-51 victory.
The Cowgirls will be back out on the road to close out the week as they take on the TCU Lady Frogs, on Saturday, Feb. 13. The game is set to tip off at 11 a.m. MT.