Nov. 2, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Fifth year head coach Joe Legerski and the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team opened up the 2007-08 exhibition season with an impressive 94-47 victory over the Chadron State Eagles, on Friday night, in Laramie.
"I think when you look at tonight's exhibition game we were able to get out of this game what we were hoping," said Legerski. "We were able to play different combinations of players effectively and we executed on both ends of the ball. The fan support was tremendous and they really came out to support us tonight. The players appreciate playing in front of such a large crowd."
Wyoming had 14 of 15 players score on the night including four players who finished the night in double-figures. Aubrey Vandiver led the way with 14 points and seven rebounds in 17 minutes of play. Hillary Carlson followed with 13 points, while shooting 6-8 from the field. Jodi Bolerjack added 11 points and Dominique Sisk had ten. As a team, the Cowgirls were 34-63 (.540) from the field, 14-29 (.483) from the three-point line and out-rebounded the Eagles 44-33.
Chadron State was led by Samantha Duncan and Sunni Busch with ten points each, while Krisha Sibrel recorded a team high eight rebounds. The Eagles shot 17-60 (.283) from the field and 9-32 (.281) from beyond the arc.
It took two teams a little while to get going in the first half as the Eagles scored the first basket over a minute into the game. Wyoming answered with ten straight points to make it 10-2. Chadron State went over four minutes without scoring a basket until a free throw by Sunni Busch started a small run to pull the Eagles to within five, 13-8. The Cowgirls responded by going on a 22-3 scoring run to make the score 35-11 as Chadron State hit another seven minute scoring drought. CSC would find a bit of a rhythm towards the end of the half by scoring 11 of 18 to make it a 19-point game, 41-22. Wyoming closed things out on an 11-2 run to go in to the half up 52-24.
Carlson led all first half scorers with 11 points, while Vandiver finished with ten. Elisabeth Dissen led the Cowgirls in rebounds with four. The Cowgirls shot 19-34 (.559) from the field and 9-10 (.900) from the free throw line in the first half.
Duncan was the leading scorer at halftime for Chadron State with seven points while several players recorded two rebounds each. They were just 9-27 (.333) from the field and committed 15 turnovers.
Out of the halftime break, the Cowgirls strapped it on defensively as they held the Eagles to just one basket in the first six and a half minutes. In turn they extended the lead to 69-26. It was never close the remainder of the way as the Cowgirls out-scored Chadron State 42-23 in the second half to come away with the 94-47 victory.
Wyoming will play one more exhibition on Wednesday, November 7, against the CSU-Pueblo ThunderWolves before opening up regular season play on Friday, November 9 at home against the Idaho State Bengals.