March 19, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team (20-11 overall) moved into the second round of the WNIT with a 74-53 win over the Nevada Wolf Pack (17-16 overall) on Friday night in Laramie. The Cowgirls will now host the Texas Tech Lady Raiders, on Tuesday, March 23. The game is set to tip at 7 p.m.
"I thought tonight's basketball was what postseason is about," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "It was an intense 40 minutes and every possession mattered. Early in tonight's game we had a lot of energy to want to play. This is a new experience for this group except for Aubrey. We were out of sync to begin with offensively, but then in the second half calmed down, especially Hillary Carlson who was 5-8 in the second half. She was two rebounds short of a triple double, and was just tremendous. Kristen Scheffler gave us a big lift off the bench, shot the ball well from three and drove to the basket. Like I always say Aubrey was the rock. She had 22 points in 34 minutes and was exceptional throughout the game."
Three Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures led by junior Hillary Carlson. She recorded 19 points, a career high ten blocked shots and eight rebounds. Aubrey Vandiver added 22 points and six boards, while Kristen Scheffler had 12 points in 25 minutes off the bench. Wyoming was 26-55 (.473), 9-20 (.450) from beyond the arc and 16 assists on 26 field goals.
Nevada was led by Shavon Moore with a team high 16 points and six rebounds. Kayla Williams had nine points, while Tahnee Robinson and Johnna Ward each added eight points. The Wolf Pack shot 21-67 (.313) from the field and out rebounded the Cowgirls 43-39.
The Wolf Pack would take a 6-3 advantage, but the Cowgirls would score five of seven to tie it up at eight through the first media timeout. Wyoming would take their first lead of the game with a 9-2 run to go up 17-10. Their lead would increase to nine, 24-15, and then both teams went cold. They each went almost four minutes before ending the drought. The Cowgirls would take a double-figure lead, 29-19, but Nevada scored eight of ten to pull within four, 31-27. Wyoming would hit two free throws to close out the half and would take a 33-27 lead into the locker room.
Wyoming came out strong to begin the second half with a 9-0 to pull ahead by 15, 42-37. Johnna Ward would hit a three-point shot to get the Wolf Pack on the board. Over the next several minutes both teams played even as the Cowgirls maintained a 46-32 advantage. A three-point field goal by Jade Kennedy made it 49-32, but Nevada scored eight of ten to pull within 11, 51-40 with ten minutes left in the game. Wyoming responded with an 11-2 run to extend the lead back to 20, 62-42. Their lead was ever in jeopardy as they went on to 73-54 victory.
Tickets to Tuesday's game are on sale through the University of Wyoming Athletics Ticket Office, Brown and Gold Outlets, the Union Information desk and on-line at www.wyomingathletics.com. Ticket Office hours are 8-12 on Saturday, then 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. both Monday and Tuesday. Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $8 for children and $6 for UW students. Cowgirl Basketball season-ticket holders who wish to reserve their regular-season seats must either call the UW Athletics Ticket Office or drop by the ticket office prior to noon on the day of the game. Season-ticket holders will not be able to reserve their regular-season seats on-line through WyomingAthletics.com. The UW Athletics Ticket Office phone numbers are: (800) 922-9461 or (307) 766-4850.
The Cowboy Joe Club & UW Athletic Department invites fans to the official WNIT Pregame Hospitality prior to the Cowgirls' First Round WNIT game on Tuesday from (5:00-6:30 p.m.), in the Paul & Marge Roach Hall at War Memorial Lobby on the south end of War Memorial Fieldhouse. The pregame hospitality is open to the public. Cost for the pregame function will be: $7 for the general public, $5 for Brown Card Cowboy Joe Club members and FREE for Gold Card Cowboy Joe Club members. A cash bar will also be available with costs of $3 for beer and $1 for pop or bottled water.