March 9, 2011
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (22-8 overall, 12-4 MWC) opened up the 2011 Conoco MWC Championships with a 67-61 loss against the New Mexico Lobos (13-17 overall) on Wednesday night in Las Vegas.
Wyoming had three players in double-figures led by senior Aubrey Vandiver. She recorded 26 points and nine rebounds. She was followed by Hillary Carlson with 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Bec Campigli added 11 points. The Cowgirls were 22-58 (.379) from the field and 8-23 (.348) from beyond the arc.
New Mexico was led by Amanda Best with 15 points and eight rebounds. She was followed by Jasmine Patterson with 14 points and Lauren Taylor with 13. The Lobos shot 22-61 (.361) from the field and out rebounded the Cowgirls 42-35.
Both teams were completely cold to begin the game as they each went over four minutes before scoring. A basket by Jasmine Patterson got the Lobos on the board, while Aubrey Vandiver scored for the Cowgirls. Each team would score a basket as Wyoming gained a one point lead, 5-4, going into the first media timeout. Over the next stretch, there was only one basket scored as the Lobos regained a 6-5 advantage. UNM would extend the lead to three, 8-5, as the Cowgirls went almost five minutes without scoring. Aubrey Vandiver would end the drought for UW, but the Lobos scored the next six straight to make it a seven point game, 14-7. The Cowgirls scored the next seven of nine to pull within two, 16-14. A three-point field goal by Bec Campigli would give the Wyoming a one-point lead, 17-16, which they would extend to three, 21-18. Unfortunately, New Mexico ended the half on an 11-4 run to go into the lockerroom up 29-25.
Aubrey Vandiver led all scorers with 11 points and seven rebounds. She was followed by Bec Campigli with six and Hillary Carlson with five. The Cowgirls shot just 9-28 (.321) from the field and 4-10 (.400) from beyond the arc. New Mexico was led by Jessica Kielpinski and Jasmine Patterson who each had eight points. Amanda Best led the way with seven rebounds. The Lobos were 12-35 (.343) from the field while out rebouding the Cowgirls 23-19.
The two teams traded three point baskets to begin the game and then the Lobos scored the next eight straight points to extend the lead to double-figures, 40-28. A Bec Campigli three-point field goal ended a four minute drought for the Cowgirls to bring them to within nine, 40-31. New Mexico went on a 9-5 run to make it a 13 point game, 49-36, with 11:24 to go in the game. The Cowgirls tried to narrow the gap and scored 7 of 11 points to cut the lead to nine, 52-43. A small run by the Lobos gave them a double-figure lead, 55-45, but Wyoming battled back again with an 11-4 run to bring them to within three, 59-56. Unfortunately, their comeback would fall short as New Mexico would win the game by the final of 67-61.