Feb. 21, 2009
FORT WORTH, Texas -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (13-12 overall, 5-7 MWC) suffered a 13-point loss 60-47 against the TCU Lady Frogs (18-8 overall, 10-3 MWC) on Saturday afternoon in Ft. Worth.
"I think some nights you shoot the ball really well and others it's just average. Tonight, we had a very difficult time getting anything to fall," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "The frustrating part was that we got the ball exactly where we wanted it, and for whatever reason things didn't go down. Hillary (Carlson) having 18 points showed we got her the basketball, and Elisabeth Dissen did a good job scoring. We just have to do a better job shooting than we did."
Wyoming was led in scoring by sophomore Hillary Carlson who finished with 18 points along with seven rebounds. She was followed by Emma Langford with 11 points and five assists. Megan McGuffey tied her career high with 13 rebounds. The Cowgirls shot 16-57 (.281) from the field and 10-14 (.714) from the free throw line.
The Lady Frogs were led by TK LaFleur with 17 points and five rebounds followed by Helena Sverrrisdottir with 15 points and five rebounds. They were 18-55 (.327) from the field and 20-24 (.833) from the free throw line.
TCU would hit a three-point shot early in the game to take the 3-0 lead, which they extended to 9-0 through the first media timeout. It would take Wyoming over four minutes before two free throws by Rebecca Vanderjagt would get them on the board. That would start a 5-0 run to pull the Cowgirls to within four, 9-5. The Lady Frogs answered right back by scoring 11 of the next 15 to extend the lead to double-figures 20-9. Out of the media break, Wyoming scored two straight baskets and two free throws to make it a five point game, 20-15. LaFleur would score two field goals to end a five minute scoring drought for the Lady Frogs, which began a 9-3 run to make it 29-18 with just under four minutes left in the half. The Cowgirls would score just one field goal in that remaining time as TCU would take a 34-20 advantage into the lockerroom.
The Cowgirls stormed out to begin the second half and went on a 7-0 run to pull within seven, 34-27, through the first four minutes. It took TCU that long to score their first points with two free throws from Micah Garoutte. Wyoming kept it to within seven or eight points until a 5-0 run gave the Lady Frogs a 12 point advantage, 43-31, with just over 13 minutes to go in the game. Both teams would go cold for several minutes as Langford would hit a three-point shot to end a four minute drought for the Cowgirls to make it 43-34. Unfortunately, TCU went on a 10-2 run to help them regain a double-figure advantage, 53-36, with 5:36 on the clock. A three-point field goal by Kristen Scheffler would end a three minute drought by Wyoming who would score the next four points to pull them to within ten, 53-43. Despite a good effort by the Cowgirls the remainder of the way, TCU would come away with the 60-47 victory.
Wyoming will return home next week for their final two games. They will host the Colorado State Rams, on Wednesday, Feb. 25, and the Air Force Academy Falcons, on Saturday, Feb. 28.