Feb. 25, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (18-8, 9-5 in the MWC) continued their modest two-game winning streak by earning an impressive 72-37 victory over the Colorado State Rams (8-19 overall, 3-12 in the MWC) on Sunday afternoon in Laramie.
"The Wyoming fans really showed up today," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "To have over 5,000 fans without it being a part of a double-header with the men is really a special day for this program and it really shows what the fans are all about.
"Defensively is where we had to set the tone in this game," he added. "In our first meeting this season, they shot the ball extremely well and we needed to make sure that we got out to the outside shooters and shut them down. They went 0-10 from beyond the arc, which gave us a lift. Overall, I thought our defense was a big key for us."
Two Cowgirls finished the game in double-figures, including freshman Aubrey Vandiver. She recorded a team high 15 points, six rebounds and four assists, while shooting 6-10 from the field. Guard Jodi Bolerjack followed with 12 and Rebecca Vanderjagt chipped in nine. As a team, Wyoming was 25-55 (.455) from the field, 18-24 (.750) from the free throw line, while out rebounding the Rams 39-29.
Colorado State was led by Nya Mason who had 14 points and four rebounds off the bench. Emily Neal added nine points followed by Sara Hunter with six. Marilyn Moulton recorded a game high ten rebounds. The Rams were 17-51 (.333) from the field and 0-10 (.000) from beyond the arc.
Wyoming jumped out early as they took a 6-0 lead going in to the first media timeout. They extended that to 10-0 as Colorado State went over seven minutes before scoring a basket. The Cowgirls continued to excel on the offensive end as an 11-4 run gave them a double-figure lead, 21-6. It would increase to 17 points, 25-8, as the Rams finally reached double-figures with four minutes remaining in the half. That would start a small scoring run for them which pulled them to within 13, 25-12, but Wyoming would score the final six points to take a 31-12 lead in to the locker room. The Cowgirls shot 14-30 (.467) from the field in the first half compared to 6-25 (.240) by the Rams.
The Cowgirls continued to dominate as they came out of the halftime break and scored 11 of 13 to make the score 44-14. Colorado State's struggles continued as they managed to score only four points in the first seven minutes of the half. They did battle back as they went on a 9-6 scoring run to bring the score to 27, 50-23, with just over ten minutes to go in the game. Unfortunately it would never be close after that as the Cowgirls out scored them 22-12 the remainder of the game to come away with the 72-35 victory.
Wyoming will play their final game at home on Wednesday, February 28, as they host the Air Force Academy at 7 p.m. before wrapping up the regular season on Saturday, March 3 against the Utah Utes in Salt Lake City.