March 10, 2009
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (16-14 overall, 8-8 MWC) lost in the first round of the MWC Tournament by the final of 64-56 to the Colorado State Rams (10-20 overall, 4-12 MWC) on Tuesday afternoon in Las Vegas.
"I think in general today Colorado State came out with a great deal of energy early," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "They really attacked the basket, and were quicker in transition. We just had to respond from that. It's very difficult to continually battle from behind. I thought that as far as Wyoming is concerned, we left too many plays out there on the floor today and especially in tournament play you need to make those. Overall, the theme today was Colorado State's energy and how much they attacked the basket."
Three Cowgirls finished the game in double-figures led by sophomore Hillary Carlson. She had 17 points and four rebounds. Emma Langford followed with 16 while Megan McGuffey added 13 in her final game as a Cowgirl. Kristen Scheffler had a team high six rebounds. Wyoming shot 19-54 (.352) from the field, 1-14 (.071) from the three-point line and 17-23 (.739) from the free throw line.
Amaka Uzomah, Bonnie Barbee and Zoi Simmon each finished with 11 points, while Uzomah also led the way with nine rebounds. The Rams were 23-56 (.411) from the field, 14-21 (.667) from the free throw line and out rebounded the Cowgirls 39-29.
It was a sloppy first couple of minutes to begin the game as the Cowgirls got on the board first with a free throw from McGuffey. Kim Mestdagh hit a three-point shot to give the Rams their first lead of the game, 3-1. They would go on a 5-2 run to make the lead 8-3. A Langford free throw ended a three minute scoring drought for the Cowgirls but CSU extended the lead to nine, 13-4. Wyoming scored the next six of eight to chip into the lead and made it 15-10. Unfortunately, the Rams responded again with an 8-0 run as the Cowgirls continued to be cold shooting the ball. They went four minutes until a McGuffey basket ended the drought. The teams traded a couple of baskets until another six straight points by Colorado State gave them a 17 point advantage, 32-15, with 4:30 left in the half. Despite out scoring CSU 9-6 in the final minutes of the half, the Cowgirls still went into the lockerroom down 38-24.
Carlson hit two free throws right out of the halftime break and then neither team scored for the next two minutes. Scheffler would hit a three-point field goal to pull the Cowgirls to within nine, 38-29. Colorado State would go until the 16:01 mark to get on the board with a Barbee basket to make it 40-29. Both teams went cold again as the Cowgirls went another three minutes without scoring until Langford scored a basket to make it a nine point game, 40-31. For the next couple of minutes, both teams traded baskets as the Rams continued to lead by eight to ten points. With the score 45-37 in favor of CSU, they would extend it to 14, 51-37, with a 6-0 run with a little over seven minutes left in the game. The Cowgirls tried to chip away at the lead as they scored the next six of eight to pull within ten, but a Kandy Beemer three-point field goal would get the score to 13 points, 56-43, with 4:35 on the clock. Wyoming wouldn't go away and went on a 9-2 run over the next three minutes to pull within six, 58-52. Unfortunately their comeback would fall short as they fell 64-56.