Feb. 19, 2009
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (13-11 overall, 5-6 MWC) came back from a four-point halftime deficit to earn a 50-44 victory over the UNLV Lady Rebels (10-15 overall, 3-9 MWC) on Wednesday night in Las Vegas.
"We had a ten point lead in the first half and everyone makes runs," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "We didn't score in the last five minutes of the first half and weren't aggressive with trying to get to the basket, which we did a better job in the second half. We were driving to the basket and moving in our offense. Megan McGuffey did a good job of getting to the open area as she finished with a double-double and Hillary Carlson with 18 points and eight rebounds. It was a great effort by both players."
Two players finished with double-figures for Wyoming led by Hillary Carlson. She recorded a team high 18 points along with eight rebounds. Senior Megan McGuffey had a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. The Cowgirls were 19-51 (.373) from the field, 9-15 (.600) from the free throw line, while out rebounding UNLV 42-39.
UNLV was led by Erica Helms with 14 points and Shamela Hampton with 12 points and 14 rebounds. The Lady Rebels were 17-57 (.298) from the field and 5-13 (.385) from the free throw line.
The Lady Rebels would hit the first basket of the game, which was answered with four straight points by the Cowgirls to give them a 4-2 advantage. India Chaney would tie the game up with the next basket, but Wyoming responded right back with a 7-2 run to make it a five point lead, 11-6. They would extend the lead to double-figures, 16-16 with just over 12 minutes in the game. A Dominique Harris three-point field goal would end a three-minute scoring drought for the UNLV, which started an 8-2 run to pull them to within four, 18-14. The Cowgirls would score the next five of seven to regain a seven point lead, 23-16. The Lady Rebels clamped down defensively held Wyoming scoreless for the final six minutes of the half and then scored 11 straight points to take a four point lead, 27-23, into the halftime break.
It took the teams a couple of minutes to get anything going offensively in the second half until a Helms basket made it 29-23. The Cowgirls would finally get back in the scoring column with a McGuffey three-point field goal to end a nine minute scoring drought stemming back to the first half. That would start a 9-2 run for Wyoming to give them a one point lead, 32-31. A Jamie Smith free throw tied things up, but the Cowgirls responded with a seven straight points to go up 39-32 with just under ten minutes on the clock. A couple of baskets by Hampton chipped into the Wyoming lead to make it 43-38 with 5:47 left in the game. The Cowgirls scored six of the next eight to extend the lead back up to nine, 49-40. Helms hit a three-point shot to cut the lead to six, 49-43, but the Cowgirls kept their composure and held onto the 50-44 victory.
Wyoming will continue play on the road to close out the weekend. They will take on the TCU Lady Frogs, on Saturday, Feb. 21, in Ft. Worth.