Wyoming's WNIT Run Ends at the Hands of BYU

March 25, 2010

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The Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team (21-12 overall, 9-7 Mountain West Conference) had their season and run in the 2010 WNIT end with a heartbreaking 67-63 loss to the BYU Cougars (23-9 overall, 11-5 MWC) on Thursday night in Laramie.

"It's always difficult to come answer questions for the last time when it's the end of the season," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "The biggest thing I can say is what a game. It was a tremendous effort by both teams and a great 40 minutes of basketball. I think the key to the game is that BYU had an answer every time we made a push. We always seemed to be playing from behind and when we were down nine with about 14 minutes to go, I told the team to keep cutting the lead two or three points every four minutes and we did that. We had a chance in the last five seconds and unfortunately, the ball didn't bounce our way."

Three Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures led by junior Aubrey Vandiver. She recorded her 17th double-double of the season with 20 points and 11 rebounds. She was followed by Hillary Carlson with 18 points and five rebounds, while Emma Langford added 15. Wyoming was 20-50 (.400) from the field and 17-21 (.810) from the free throw.

"Aubrey Vandiver just made so many plays in the second half. I'm so proud of that young person to come up with another double-double. In the second half, I think she took the game over and did everything she could to keep us in the game. Kristen Scheffler

BYU was led by Coriann Wood who had a team high 18 points off the bench while shooting 4-4 (1.00) from beyond the arc. Jazmine Foreman recorded 12 points, while Mindy Bonham added 11 points. The Cougars were 25-52 (.481) from the field and 8-15 (.533) from the three-point line.

The Cougars got on the board with a three-point field goal by Jazimine Foreman. The Cowgirls got on the board with two Hillary Carlson free throws to make it 3-2. BYU scored the next four of seven to go ahead, 9-5. Wyoming answered with a 6-3 run to pull within one, 12-11, but a three-point field goal by BYU put them up 14-11 through the second media timeout. The Cowgirls responded again with a 10-1 run to take their first lead of the game 21-15. Coriann Wood would hit a basket to end a three minute drought for the Cougars and started an 11-5 run to even it up at 26 all. They would pull ahead 32-26 with two straight three-point field goals while the Cowgirls went almost three minutes without scoring. Despite scoring the last six of eight to close out the half, they would go into the lockerroom down 34-32.

Out of the break, BYU scored two quick baskets to go up six, 38-23. Wyoming scored the next five straight to pull within one, 38-37, but BYU ran off the next eight points to pull ahead, 46-37. Free throws by Emma Langford and Hillary Carlson would end an almost three minutes scoring drought as the Cougars continued to lead 48-40 with 13:49 left in the game. A three-point play and a lay-up by Aubrey Vandiver chipped away at the BYU lead 48-45. The Cougars always seemed to have an answer as they scored the next 7 of 12 to hold on to a five point lead, 55-50. The Cowgirls made another run as they inched closer and with a Kristen Scheffler free throw they would even it up at 60 all with 1:31 left in the game. Haley Hall came right back down and scored a layup and Jazmine Foreman followed with another after a Wyoming miss on the other end. Despite opportunities at the end, the Cowgirls fell short by the final of 67-63.