March 4, 2009
PROVO, Utah -
Despite giving up a 12-point halftime lead, the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (16-12 overall, 8-7 MWC) held on for a 57-55 overtime victory against the BYU Cougars (17-10 overall, 7-8 MWC) on Wednesday night in Provo.
"This is a big win for our program," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "This is a tremendous place to play and with eight freshmen and sophomores on the roster...it is a big win. I thought at the end BYU made more plays to get the game to overtime, and we are fortunate that one more shot fell for us in the end. Emma Langford was great off the bench and really created some things for us with 15 points, five rebounds and three assists. Megan McGuffey with her 17 rebounds was just a great performance on the glass."
Wyoming was led by Emma Langford who recorded 15 points and had five rebounds off the bench. She was followed by Hillary Carlson with 12 points and three blocked shots. Megan McGuffey recorded a career high 17 boards in her effort. The Cowgirls shot 21-54 (.389) from the field and 11-16 (.688) from the free throw line, while out rebounding the Cougars 44-42.
BYU was led by Cassie King with 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Shawnee Slade added 16 points in her 33 minutes. The Cougars were 24-71 (.338) from the field and 3-20 (.150) from beyond the arc.
It was low scoring through the first media timeout as the two teams combined for just seven points with BYU taking the early 5-2 advantage. Slade would score two straight baskets to extend the Cougar lead to seven, 9-2. Two Elisabeth Dissen free throws would end an almost six minute scoring drought for Wyoming, which started a 12-0 run to give the Cowgirls their first lead of the game, 14-9, with just over eight minutes in the half. A Stephanie Buhler three-point field goal ended a five minute drought for the Cowgirls to pull them to within two, 14-12. The Cowgirls responded right back by scoring 10 of the next 12 points to extend the lead to double-figures, 24-14. That lead would grow to 14, 28-14, as they scored the next two baskets. The Cougars would manage to score four straight points to close out the half but Wyoming still took a 30-18 lead into the lockerroom.
The Cougars carried their momentum into the beginning of the second half as they stormed out with an 11-6 run to pull within five, 36-31, with 16 minutes to go in the game. Over the next several minutes, the two teams played evenly as Wyoming maintained a small three point lead, 40-37. A three-point field goal by Jade Kennedy helped the Cowgirls regain a six point lead, 43-37, but BYU responded with a 5-0 run to make it a one point game, 43-42, with 8:45 left in the game. The Cougars were relentless as they scored the next four of six to take their first lead since early in the first half, 46-45. Carlson would score the next two baskets to help Wyoming re-take the three point lead, 49-46. Jasmine Foreman hit a field goal to make it a one point lead, 49-48, but again two Carlson free throws would put them back up 51-48. With 58.8 left in the game, Mindy Nielson stole the ball and made a lay-up to cut it to one, 51-50. Langford hit two free throws to give Wyoming another three-point lead, but unfortunately a three-point play by King tied it up at 53 with 34.6 seconds on the clock. The Cougars had a couple of opportunities to win the game but it would head to overtime.
Langford hit the first basket of the overtime to give Wyoming a two-point lead, which was answered with a King basket. One of two free throws by Langford put the Cowgirls up one, 56-55, with 51.9 seconds. Each team had several opportunities to score but a free throw by Kennedy and a missed shot by BYU would help the Cowgirls earn the 57-55 victory.
Wyoming will close out the regular season against the New Mexico Lobos, on Saturday, March 7. The game is set to begin at 2 p.m. in Albuquerque.