Feb. 20, 2010
PROVO, Utah -
The Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team (16-9 overall, 7-6 Mountain West Conference) suffered a tough 51-48 loss against the BYU Cougars (18-6 overall, 9-3 MWC) on Saturday afternoon in Provo.
"We left too many plays on the floor tonight," said UW head coach Joe Legerski "Give BYU credit they made a couple of plays down the stretch to gain a win. Aubrey played with great effort tonight. To compete for 40 minutes in a highly physical game, speaks of her competitiveness."
Junior Aubrey Vandiver led the way for the Cowgirls with her 14th double-double of the season. She recorded 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Emma Langford followed with 15 points. UW was 12-43 (.279) from the field, but only shot 17-28 (.607) from the free throw line.
BYU had four players in double-figures led by Haley Hall with 12 points and six rebounds. Mindy Bonham and Coriann Wood each had 11, while Jazmine Foreman added ten. The Cougars shot 19-52 (.365) from the field and 6-15 (.400) from beyond the arc.
BYU got on the board first with a three-point field goal by Haley Hall to begin the game, while it took the Cowgirls until the 17:00 minute mark to score. The Cougars would score six unanswered to make the lead 9-2. A three-point field goal by Wyoming would end the run, but two straight baskets by Coriann Wood extended the BYU lead to double-figures, 15-5. Junior Aubrey Vandiver, who scored the first ten points for the Cowgirls, scored the next five of eight points to bring them to within two, 15-13. BYU went almost six minutes before a basket by Kristen Riley ended their drought. The two teams traded baskets back and forth as the Cougars continued to lead 21-19 with 3:40 left in the half. A total of nine points would be scored in the closing minutes of the half as BYU took a 25-22 lead into the locker room.
The Cougars would extend their lead to nine, 36-28, with an 11-6 run to begin the second half. A three-point play by Emma Langford would end a four minute scoring drought and start a 7-0 run to pull them to within one, 36-35, with 11 minutes left in the game. Jazmine Foreman hit a shot to make it 38-35 to stop a three minute scoring drought for BYU. Wyoming would score six of nine points, including five from Aubrey Vandiver, to take their first lead of the game, 41-40, with 5:44 on the clock. The Cougars would even things up at 42 all and then neither team could seem to score a field goal as they traded free throws. With the score 46-44 in favor of Wyoming, Coriann Wood score the next five points to give BYU a three point lead, 49-46, with under a minute to go in the game. Unfortunately, free throws and some missed shots by the Cowgirls down the stretch would seal the 51-48 win for the Cougars.
The Cowgirls will be off until next Sunday, Feb. 28, as they host the Utah Utes. The game time is set for 2 p.m. and will be broadcast on The Mountain Sports Network.