March 24, 2011
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (24-9 overall) fell in the Third Round of the WNIT with a 70-58 loss against the Colorado Buffaloes (18-15 overall), on Thursday night in Laramie.
"It was a basketball game that at halftime I talked with the team that we were down 11 but they banked two three's in and we missed a couple of easy ones. We tried to remind them of how well they played," said head coach Joe Legerski. "The fact remained that we had to climb out of an 11-point deficit. We just needed to do it one possession at a time, which we did in the first eight to ten minutes of the second half. We got it down to three points a couple of times and needed a play to get over the hump. With about six minutes to go, we missed a few free throws and a couple of opportunities. Those are situations in a game of this caliber it is very difficult to fight back.
"I was proud of the effort tonight. Once again, it was 40 minutes playing at a very high level. The play of Hillary Carlson to finish out her career with a 27 point night was quite an effort. She was unstoppable inside, got to the free throw line and made so many plays for us. Aubrey Vandiver was a big change for us when we switched her to guard Spears in the second half. The play of the two seniors from Wyoming really gave us the opportunity that we needed. We just came up a little short."
The Cowgirls were led by senior Hillary Carlson who recorded 27 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. She was followed by Aubrey Vandiver with 15 points and eight rebounds. Jade Kennedy and Chaundra Sewell each added seven. Wyoming shot 17-54 (.315) from the field and 21-27 (.778) from the free throw line.
Colorado had three players in double-figures led by Brittany Spears. She finished with a team high 23 points and nine rebounds. Chucky Jeffery added 16 points, while Brittany Wilson recorded 15 points. The Buffs shot 25-50 (.500) from the field and 8-16 (.500) from beyond the arc.
Colorado took the early 6-2 lead to begin the game. The Cowgirls answered with a 5-0 run to take their first lead of the game, 7-6. Out of the media timeout a three-point field goal by the Buffs gave them a 9-7 advantage but Wyoming ran off another five points to go up 12-9. CU would tie it up at 12 and take a 14-12 lead. A Hillary Carlson basket evened it up at 14 unfortunately the Buffs scored seven of nine to put them up by five, 21-16. After two free throws ended the run, Colorado scored six straight to extend it to nine, 27-18. Wyoming tried to cut into the lead with a 5-2 run to make it 29-23. The Buffs continued their hot shooting as they ran off 10 of 13 to give them a double-figure lead, 39-26. Two free throws by Jade Kennedy ended the run but the Buffs still took a 39-28 lead into the lockerroom.
The two teams traded scores out of the break as Colorado continued to lead 45-36 through the first media timeout. A three-point play by Hillary Carlson would start a 7-2 run to close it to four, 47-43. Two free throws by Brittany Spears got the lead back to five, 48-43, but a basket and free throw by Chaundra Sewell made it 49-46. With the score 53-50 in favor of CU, two straight baskets extended the lead back to seven, 57-50. After a free throw Aubrey Vandiver, the Buffs ran off six straight to give them a 63-51 advantage. Unfortunately, the Cowgirls were only able to pull within eight as Colorado wrapped up the 70-58 victory.