Cowgirl Basketball Closes Out Exhibition Season With Win

Nov. 7, 2008

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team played their final exhibition game and earned a 79-49 victory against the Metro State Roadrunners, on Friday night, in Laramie.

"I think what you saw tonight is that our senior class is solid," said head coach Joe Legerski. "They played well and gave us some stability on the court. The freshmen and sophomores are learning, but they are giving everything they've got. I thought from Tuesday's game we improved defensively. Metro State is a very good shooting team and very aggressive. Emma Langford played extremely well tonight. I was also pleased with the way we stepped up when Metro State did."

Wyoming was led by freshman Emma Langford who recorded 21 points, five assists and three rebounds. Elisabeth Dissen followed with 14 and Rebecca Vanderjagt and Kristen Scheffler each had nine. Vanderjagt led the way in rebounds with seven. The Cowgirls shot 31-64 (.484) from the field and 13-24 (.542) from the three-point line.

Metro State was led by Megan Sinclair with 12 points and eight rebounds. Sharaya Selsor had 11 points, while Chelsea Williamson recorded ten. The Roadrunners shot 20-60 (.333) from the field and 4-19 (.211) from beyond the arc.

Wyoming struck first with a basket, but Metro State quickly tied it up at two. The Cowgirls responded with five straight to take a 7-2 lead. The Roadrunners came back with a 5-2 run to pull within two, 9-7. It was quickly answered by seven straight from Wyoming to extend the lead back to nine, 16-7. Alyssa Benson hit a shot to end a three minute drought by Metro State, which was answered with a 7-2 run by the Cowgirls to get the lead to double-figures, 23-11. Over the next several minutes, the two teams traded baskets as the Cowgirls maintained their lead. With the lead 27-15 in favor of UW, both teams went cold. The Cowgirls went over four minutes until a Vanderjagt three-point field goal started a 13-4 run to close out the half. Metro State would score only two baskets in that final four minutes as Wyoming took a 40-21 lead in to the locker room.

Langford led all scorers in the first half 11 points, while Dissen, Scheffler and Vanderjagt each recorded six. Vanderjagt led the way with four rebounds. They shot 17-34 (.500) from the field and 6-11 (.545) from beyond the arc.

Selsor led the way for Metro State with seven, while Sinclair was the leading rebounder with six.

The two teams traded baskets in the early going of the second half. With the score 44-27 in favor of Wyoming, the Cowgirls went on an 11-3 run to make the score 55-30 with 14:46 to go in the game. The lead would grow to 32, 62-30, as Metro State went five minutes with out scoring. Finally, a Williamson three-point shot ended the drought and started a 7-0 run to chip into the lead 62-37. The Cowgirls continued to be strong on the offensive end as they make a 13-4 run to make the score 75-40. Despite being out scored down the stretch the Cowgirls came away with a 79-49 victory.

Wyoming will open up regular season play on Friday, November 14 against the Denver Pioneers. The game is set to begin at 7 p.m. in Denver.