Feb. 25, 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (14-12 overall, 6-7 MWC) earned a season sweep of their rival with a 71-62 victory over the Colorado State Rams (9-18 overall, 4-10 MWC) on Wednesday night in Laramie.
"I thought tonight's game was about different players stepping up and making a difference in this game," said head coach Joe Legerski. "They doubled off Randi Richardson, which created problems for Hillary down on the block. She stepped up and knocked down a couple of three-point shots, which was key in getting us going. We struggled early to get a shot to fall and with that it was important she hit those shots. Jade Kennedy also came in off the bench and gave us a big lift with her two three's."
Four players finished the night in double-figures led by sophomore Hillary Carlson with 16 points and nine rebounds. She was followed by Emma Langford with 17 points and six rebounds, while Randi Richardson and Kristen Scheffler each added 12 points. The Cowgirls were 18-46 (.391) from the field and 28-33 (.848) from the free throw line. They also out rebounded the Rams 41-34.
Bonnie Barbee led the way with 11 points off the bench for Colorado State, while Carine Reimink followed with ten points. Kim Mestdagh recorded a team high nine rebounds. The Rams were 23-65 (.354) from the field and 7-17 (.412) from beyond the arc.
It took both teams a several minutes to get going to begin the game as CSU got on the board first with 17:17 on the clock. Randi Richardson would hit a three-point shot to put Wyoming up 3-2. The Rams scored the next four points to make it a three-point game, 6-3. The Cowgirls answered with a 15-2 run over a nine minute stretch to pull ahead by ten, 18-8. Two free throws by Reimink ended a four minute drought for the Rams, but a three-point field goal Jade Kennedy made it 21-10 with just under eight minutes to go. Colorado State kept battling and went on 9-4 run to pull within six, 25-19. Wyoming held their composure and scored the final 10 of 13 in the half to take a 35-22 lead into the lockerroom.
It was low scoring through the first four minutes of the second half as the two teams combined for just nine points as the Cowgirls maintained a 39-27 lead. Over the next several minutes, the two teams continued to exchange baskets with Wyoming holding onto the double-figure advantage 45-29. Colorado State would start to chip away at the lead with a 13-5 run to pull within eight, 50-42. A Langford basket would finally break a three-minute scoring drought for the Cowgirls. The Rams would answer with the next 6 of 15 to make it a seven point game, 58-51. Three free throws by Wyoming made it a ten point game with just over two minutes to go in the game. Five unanswered by CSU closed the gap once again to five, 61-56. The Cowgirls hit their final ten free throws to close out the game by the final of 71-62.
Wyoming will play their final home game of the season as they host the Air Force Academy Falcons, on Saturday, Feb. 28. The game is set to tip off at 2 p.m.