Nov. 4, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Sixth year head coach Joe Legerski and the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team opened up the 2008-09 exhibition season with an impressive 93-48 victory over the UC-Colorado Springs Mountain Lions, on Tuesday night, in Laramie.
"We're right back at it with the start of a new year," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "We have a young group with eight freshmen and sophomores. Tonight, they did played very well at times, but also showed their inexperience as well. We had great senior leadership from Megan, Elisabeth and Rebecca. We got out to a tremendous start and their leadership showed the way early. It was an unbelievable effort by Emma Langford tonight. We knew she was a good player and that she could score."
Wyoming had 11 of 13 players score on the night including three players who finished the night in double-figures. Freshman Emma Langford led the way with 25 points and five assists in her 26 minutes of play. Ashley Sickles followed with 13 points and Elisabeth Dissen added 11. Kristen Scheffler led the way with a team-high nine rebounds. As a team, the Cowgirls were 31-65 (.477) from the field, 24-34 (.706) from the free throw line and out rebounded the Mountain Lions 59-33.
UCCS was led by Mallory Lowe who finished with a team high 12 points, while Nancy Hoist added nine points and a team high eight rebounds. The Mountain Lions shot 15-65 (.231) from the field and 3-30 (.100) from beyond the arc.
It was all Cowgirls to start the game as they jumped out to an 8-0 lead. The Mountain Lions would struggle finally hitting their first shot of the game almost three minutes in to make it 8-3. Wyoming responded with seven straight points to increase the lead to double-figures, 15-3. UCCS went almost another two minutes before a Lauren Holm basket ended the drought. The Cowgirls continued to be strong on the offensive end as they scored 13 of 17 to make the score 30-9 with just under ten minutes left in the half. They would play well down the stretch as they closing things out on a 22-15 run to take a 52-24 lead into the locker room.
Langford led all scorers in the first half 19 points, while Megan McGuffey and Scheffler each recorded a team high five rebounds. They shot 18-29 (.621) from the field and 5-10 (.500) from beyond the arc.
Hoist led the Mountain Lions in scoring and rebounding with six points and three rebounds.
The two teams played even through the first media timeout as the Cowgirls continued to maintain the lead, 59-28. After that both teams went cold as they combined for just four points over the next several minutes. A Langford three-point field goal ended the drought, which would start a 14-6 run to extend the lead 78-38. The game was never in jeopardy as the Cowgirls went on to the 93-48 victory.
Wyoming will play one more exhibition on Friday, November 7, against the Metro State Roadrunners. The game is set to tip off at 7:00 p.m. They will open up regular season play on Friday, November 14 against the Denver Pioneers.