Cowgirls Use Big Rebounding Edge to Beat Aztecs at Home

Feb. 15, 2009


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The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team moved to 12-11 overall and 4-6 in Mountain West Conference play with a 64-61 victory against the San Diego State Aztecs (17-6 overall, 8-3 MWC) on Sunday afternoon in Laramie.

"There are a lot of smiling faces with Wyoming fans, our players and coaching staff," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "We always talk about playing hard for 40 minutes, scrambling for the ball and I think we've been doing that the last month. We demonstrated a great deal of effort to have 19 offensive rebounds, which was key in giving us second opportunities at the basket. Hillary Carlson really stepped up with her 18 points, nine rebounds and her two three-point shots. We just found a way to win at the end, which was important."

The Cowgirls were led by sophomore Hillary Carlson, who recorded 18 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots. She was 4-9 from the field, 8-8 from the free throw line and 2-2 from beyond the arc. Kristen Scheffler added 11 points, while Megan McGuffey recorded eight points and nine rebounds. Wyoming was 18-52 (.346) from the field, 23-29 (.793) from the charity stripe while out-rebounding the Aztecs, 44-25.

San Diego State was led by Paris Johnson with 15 points, six rebounds and six blocked shots. Jene Morris followed with 13 points, while Coco Davis added ten points and six rebounds. The Aztecs were 26-55 (.473) from the field and 5-18 (.278) from beyond the arc.

After San Diego State hit the first basket of the game, the Cowgirls scored five unanswered to go ahead, 5-2. The Aztecs came back with a 7-4 run to even it up at nine all. Over the next several minutes, the scoring and the lead changed hands as SDSU took a two point lead, 18-16, with 6:24 on the clock. Wyoming would answer back by scoring 9 of the next 13 to go ahead 25-22. Two Jerica Williams' three-point shots gave the Aztecs a five point lead, 30-25. Each team would hit two baskets before going into the break as San Diego State took a 32-29 lead into halftime.

The Cowgirls started out the second half with a 5-2 run to even up the score at 34 all. SDSU hit the next two baskets to regain the four point lead, 38-34, but Wyoming went on a 7-0 run to take a three-point lead, 41-38. A Quenese Davis basket would end a four minute scoring drought and started a 7-4 run to tie it up at 45 all with 12:18 left in the game. They then went onto score the next six points to get the lead to 51-45. Two Emma Langford free throws would end a three minute drought for the Cowgirls as they scored six of the next eight points to pull within one, 53-52. SDSU responded with a 5-2 run to extend the lead back to four, 58-54, but Wyoming would tie it up at 58 from two Carlson free throws with 4:36 left on the clock. Morris scored the next two points to give the Aztecs the two point advantage, 60-58. The Cowgirls kept their composure and made two free throws and added a McGuffey lay-up to regain a 62-60 lead. Jennifer Layton-Bailes would hit one of her two free throws to pull SDSU to within one, 62-61, with 1:45 left on the clock. The Cowgirls would hit two free throws in the last 50 seconds to hold onto the 64-61 victory.

Wyoming will be out on the road for the next two games. They will take on the UNLV Lady Rebels, on Wednesday, Feb. 18, and then the TCU Lady Frogs, on Saturday, Feb. 21, in Ft. Worth.