Feb. 26, 2011
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Behind four players in double-figures, the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (21-6 overall, 11-3 MWC) earned a convincing 77-56 victory over the UNLV Lady Rebels (10-19 overall, 3-11 MWC) on Saturday afternoon in Laramie.
"In our victory over Air Force on Wednesday, we talked about how it was a team effort. This group came out tonight and demonstrated that it's about the team. We had 21 assists on 23 baskets, four players in double-figures and everyone is sharing the basketball. One of the things we talked about that we had to do a better job on the defensive boards, plus we needed to cut down our turnovers with the pressure. Everyone really stepped up including Ashley Sickles and Bec Campigli. Their play in the first half was huge. It was nice to get production from the bench. In the second half, Hillary, Aubrey and Chaundra played extremely well."
Four Cowgirls finished the game in double-figures led by sophomore Chaundra Sewell. She recorded a game high 17 points, seven assists and three rebounds. Aubrey Vandiver recorded her 11th double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Hillary Carlson added 15 points and six rebounds, while Ashley Sickles chipped in ten points off the bench. Wyoming was 23-51 (.451) from the field and 21-24 (.875) from the charity stripe, while out rebounding UNLV 38-30.
UNLV was led by Ta'Nitra Byrd with 16 points and four rebounds. Kelli Thompson followed with 15 points, while Jamie Smith recorded a team high 11 rebounds. The Lady Rebels were 22-58 (.379) from the field and 1-13 (.077) from beyond the arc.
It was all Cowgirls to begin the game as they took a 7-0 lead. The Lady Rebels would get on the board at the 14:45 mark and would hit the next basket to make it 7-4 through the first media timeout. Two free throws by Aubrey Vandiver would end a three minute drought for Wyoming. A basket and several free throws by UNLV tied up the score at nine all. A three-point field goal by Ashley Sickles put UW back on top by three, 12-9. After a basket by the Lady Rebels, the two teams traded baskets until three straight three-point field goals by Ashley Sickles and Bec Campigli put the Cowgirls up 26-17. Wyoming would take a 34-21 lead into the lockerroom as they closed out the half on an 8-4 scoring run.
The Cowgirls extended the lead to 16, 39-23, by scoring five of the first seven points out of the break. UNLV answered with a 10-5 run to pull within 11, 44-33. Out of the media timeout, the Cowgirls scored seven straight to increase their lead back to 18, 51-33. A layup by Erica Helms would end a three minute scoring drought for the Lady Rebels to make it 51-35. Over the next several minutes, the two teams went back and forth as they Cowgirls continued to lead. With the score 56-38 in favor of UW, they scored 10 of 14 to gain a 24 point advantage, 66-42, with 5:40 left in the game. UNLV tried to chip into the lead, but could only manage to pull within 18, 74-56, as the Cowgirls went on to the 77-56 victory.
The Cowgirls will be out on the road for the final time as they travel to California to face the San Diego Aztecs. The game is set for Wednesday, March 2 at 8:00 p.m. MT.