Wyoming Pulls Away From CSU Pueblo to Win Exhibition Game, 76-53

Nov. 6, 2009


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The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team played their final exhibition game of the season and earned a 76-53 victory against the CSU-Pueblo ThunderWolves, on Friday night, in Laramie.

"I thought tonight's game wasn't offensively as smooth as Monday, but I think CSU-Pueblo had a lot to do with that," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "Their zone and trapping created some problems for us, but once we started moving the basketball and attacking the spots, it opened up for us. Really, I was very pleased with how we played defensively. We only gave up 12 points in the second half to the four minute mark, which is a tremendous effort. Even though sometimes we weren't playing as well on the offensive side, defensively we were solid especially in the second half.

"Jade Kennedy had a great night. Not only did she have 16 points and nine rebounds, she just had great effort all the way around. Hillary Carlson also had a good night for us on the boards."

Emma Langford led the way with 19 points along with eight rebounds in her 29 minutes of play. She was followed by Jade Kennedy with 16 points and a team high nine boards. The Cowgirls shot 28-65 (.431) from the field, while out rebounding the ThunderWolves, 44-28.

CSU-Pueblo was led by Rachel Espinoza with 11 points and five rebounds, while Amanda Bartlett added nine points in 28 minutes of play. They were 18-48 (.375) from the field.

The ThunderWolves jumped out and took an 8-1 lead to begin the game. Wyoming responded with eight straight points to take their first lead of the game 9-8. After a couple of minutes without a score, CSU-Pueblo scored the next four straight to regain a 12-9 lead. The Cowgirls answered with a 10-3 run which made it 19-15. A three-point field goal brought the ThunderWolves to within one, 19-18. UW would build up another five point lead, but CSU-Pueblo closed the gap to 32-30. Emma Langford scored a late basket to put the Cowgirls up 34-30 going into the lockerroom.

The two teams traded baskets in the early going of the second half as the Cowgirls led 42-37 through the first media timeout. Over the next four minutes, each team scored five points which made it 47-42 in favor of Wyoming. The Cowgirls increased their lead to double figures 67-42 with a 20-0 run as the ThunderWolves went almost ten minutes without scoring. Wyoming would go on to win the game 76-53.

Wyoming will open up regular season play on Friday, November 13 against the Denver Pioneers. The game is set for 5:30 p.m. in Denver.