March 7, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (16-13 overall, 8-8 MWC) suffered a double-digit loss, 63-45, against the New Mexico Lobos (20-9 overall, 9-7 MWC) on Saturday afternoon in Albuquerque.
"New Mexico got off to a great start, hitting their first four shots and got the crowd got into it," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "It was a difficult learning experience for this team. The second half we played better but the game was determined in the first 20 minutes."
Two Cowgirls finished the game in double-figures led by Emma Langford with 12 points in her 25 minutes of play. She was followed by Megan McGuffey with ten points and seven rebounds. Wyoming shot 15-54 (.278) from the field and 0-15 (.000) from beyond the arc.
New Mexico was led by Amy Beggin and Angela Hartill with 13 points while Eileen Weissman with 11. Amanda Best finished with a team high eight rebounds. The Lobos were 22-59 (.373) from the field, while out rebounding Wyoming 46-37.
New Mexico came out on fire to begin the first half as they took a 10-0 lead through the first media timeout. Beggin would hit another field goal out of the break to make it 12-0. It wasn't until the 15:17 mark that an Elisabeth Dissen basket would finally get the Cowgirls on the board. The Lobos would extend their lead to 16, 18-2, with a 6-0 run. It continued to be a struggle for Wyoming to get anything going as they finally reached double-figures with 9:18 remaining in the half. Unfortunately, the New Mexico lead would increase to 22, 32-10, with just under seven minutes in the half. Despite playing even the remainder of the way, the Lobos would take a 37-16 lead into the locker room.
The second half started off very similar to the first as New Mexico went on an 8-2 run to start things off to make the score 45-18 through the first media timeout. The Cowgirls tried to keep hanging tough as they scored 10 of the next 14 to bring the score to within 21, 49-28, with just a little over 11 minutes left in the game. The two teams would trade baskets over the next several minutes as the Lobos continued to lead 56-35. Unfortunately, it wasn't meant to be for the Cowgirls as they fell by the final of 63-45.
The Cowgirls will now play in the Mountain West Conference tournament beginning on Tuesday, March 10 in Las Vegas, Nev. It will be determined later Saturday night who they will face in the first round.