Feb. 20, 2008
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (21-4 overall, 9-3 in the MWC) won their opening game of a two-game roadtrip with a 55-44 victory against the San Diego State Aztecs (13-11 overall, 4-8 in MWC) on Wednesday night in San Diego.
"I thought rebounding and second chance points were a big part of the game," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "We had 12 offensive rebounds and limited San Diego State to three. We were active on the glass. Also, more importantly we were able to get to the free throw line. It's difficult with all of the pressure San Diego State puts on you to shoot from outside, but we were able to penetrate to the basket."
Three Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures led by senior Dominique Sisk. She finished with 18 points and four rebounds. She was followed by Aubrey Vandiver with 15 and Justyna Podziemska with 12. Wyoming shot 16-48 (.333) from the field and out rebounded the Aztecs 44-25.
San Diego State was led by Quenese Davis with 19 points followed by Allison Duffy with ten. The Aztecs shot 15-50 (.300) from the field and 13-16 (.813) from the free throw line.
It was low scoring through the first four minutes of the game as they combined for just seven points with the Aztecs taking an early 4-3 lead. The Cowgirls would come out with two straight baskets to take their first lead of the game 7-4. After a basket by San Diego State, Wyoming scored the next six points to extend the lead to seven points 13-6. The Aztecs would put a dent in the lead by scoring the next four of six to make it 15-10 with just under eight minutes in the half. Jodi Bolerjack would hit one of two free throws to get the UW lead to six points, 16-10, and then neither team would score for about four minutes until a Davis basket ended the drought. The Cowgirls responded with a 9-0 run to extend the lead up to double-figures, 25-12, with just under three minutes in the half. The two teams traded a couple of baskets the remainder of the way as Wyoming took a 27-18 lead in to the locker room.
Vandiver led all scorers with 13 points at the half in her 11 minutes of play. She was followed by Sisk with eight points. Megan McGuffey and Rebecca Vanderjagt each finished with four rebounds. The Cowgirls shot 9-26 (.346) from the field and out rebounded the Aztecs, 25-11.
Duffy finished the first half with six points to lead San Diego State followed by Davis with four. The Aztecs shot 7-25 (.280) from the field and 3-3 (1.00) from the free throw line.
The two teams traded baskets out of the halftime break as the score was 29-20 through the first media time out and the 14:22 mark until a Davis basket broke the scoring drought. The Cowgirls would come back with a 5-2 scoring run to get the lead back up ten, 34-24. After three points by SDSU cut in to lead, 34-27, Wyoming responded with seven straight points to get the advantage to 14 points, 41-27, with just under 11 minutes to go in the game. Over the next several minutes, the two teams played evenly as the Cowgirls continued to maintain a double-figure lead, 45-30. Despite being outscored 10-8 by the Aztecs over the next five minutes, Wyoming kept the lead, 53-42, with under a minute to go in the game. Both teams would score one more time as the Cowgirls would go on to the 55-44 victory.
The Cowgirls will close out the week against the UNLV Lady Rebels, on Saturday, February 23 in Las Vegas. The game is set to tip off at 8:00 p.m. Mountain Time.