Cowgirl Basketball Squeaks Out Win Over Oklahoma State 75-71

March 21, 2011

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (24-8 overall) continued their way through the WNIT bracket with a 75-71 win over the Oklahoma State Cowgirls (17-15 overall), on Monday night in Laramie.

"We played against a Big 12 team that I have a great deal of respect for. You knew they would keep coming at you and play a full 40 minutes," said head coach Joe Legerski. "I thought we had great energy to begin the game, got the lead at 16, but I knew Oklahoma State was going to make a run. When teams are used to winning at this level no one backs off. They had great energy the first ten minutes of the second half and took the lead. We held our composure, that's what seniors do, and down the stretch I thought Hillary made a big three. We needed every point down the stretch."

Four Cowgirls finished the game in double-figures led by senior Aubrey Vandiver. She recorded her 14th double-double of the season with 27 points and ten rebounds. She was followed by Hillary Carlson with 19 points and five rebounds, while Chaundra Sewell and Rebecca Campigli each added ten points. Wyoming was 23-56 (.411) from the field, 11-27 (.407) from beyond the arc and 18-24 (.750) from the free throw line.

"To have the number of players in double-figure scoring and Randi Richardson with nine points which is 19 points out of the point guard position tonight. I thought that was as big as anything tonight, plus Chaundra Sewell playing extended minutes with four fouls. Then the atmosphere, the Wyoming fans are just awesome. They energized you, rush the opponent and this is why I enjoy coaching here and the players enjoy playing for these fans."

Oklahoma State also had four players in double-figures led by Tiffany Bias. She led the way with 17 points and five rebounds. Vicky McIntyre had 16 points, Kendra Suttles had 12 points and ten rebounds, and Lindsey Keller finished with 11. The Cowgirls shot 28-77 (.364) from the field and out rebounded the Cowgirls 47-40.

Wyoming struck first with a Randi Richardson three-point field goal, which was answered with five straight by Oklahoma State to put them up 5-3. The Cowgirls responded with an 11-2 run, which included three three-point field goals to give them a 14-7 advantage. OSU scored the next seven of nine to close the gap to two, 16-14, through the second media timeout. Aubrey Vandiver hit a basket to end the scoring which would start an 8-1 run by UW to extend the lead back to nine, 24-15. The margin would grow to double-figures, 33-17, with around five minutes to go in the half. Oklahoma State battled back by closing out the half on a 10-2 run but Wyoming still took a 35-27 lead into the lockerroom.

The momentum continued out of the halftime break for OSU as they ran off nine straight points to take only their second lead of the game 36-35. A Chaundra Sewell basket would end the Wyoming drought then a three-point field goal by Randi Richardson helped give them a 40-36 lead. A Tiffany Bias basket pulled Oklahoma State to within one, 40-39, but a 6-2 run by UW put them back up five, 46-41. Unfortunately, Oklahoma State scored eight of ten to go ahead by one, 49-48. Bec Campigli hit a big shot to make it a two point game, 51-49, which was answered with six straight to give Oklahoma State a four point advantage, 55-51, with 7:27 remaining in the game. The Cowgirls narrowed the margin with seven of ten, five of the seven points from Bec Campigli, which tied it up at 58 all. The momentum shifted the way of Wyoming as they ran off 11 of 13 to give them a nine point lead, 69-60, with 1:54 on the clock. OSU would not go away easily as they scored 8 of 10 to make it 71-68 with under a minute to go. Free throws put UW up five, 73-68, which was answered by a Tiffany Bias three-point field goal to close the gap to two, 73-71. Two free throws and some good defense by Cowgirls sealed the 75-71 win for Wyoming.

Wyoming will now move into the Third Round of the WNIT. They will face the Colorado Buffaloes, on Thursday March 24. The game is set to tip off at 7:00 p.m. in the Arena Auditorium.

Tickets to Thursday's game are on sale on-line now at WyomingAthletics.com and through the University of Wyoming Athletics Ticket Office. Ticket prices are $13 for adults, $7 for children and $5 for UW students. For students on a first come, first serve basis, the first 500 students can get in free courtesy of University Wyoming Athletics donors. They can come to the Campus Entrance on the night of the game. One student ticket per ID.

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: (877) 996-3261 or (307) 766-4850.