Cowgirl Basketball Wins Season Opener over Pioneers

Nov. 13, 2009

DENVER, Colo. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (1-0 overall) opened up the 2009-10 regular season with a 65-62 victory against the Denver Pioneers (0-1 overall), on Friday night, in Denver.

"The thing that really impressed me tonight was our composure," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "We had a good four-minute segment where we built up a seven-point lead in the second half and in about one minute we lost it. We played with composure down the stretch when we needed to. I was pleased to come out on the road with a young team and earn a tough win over a good team.

"In hitting those two free throws to help win this game showed how much confidence we have in Hillary Carlson. Also, I thought we were good on the offensive boards behind the play of Jade Kennedy. Overall, I could talk about the great effort from all of the players tonight."

Three Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures led by redshirt junior Aubrey Vandiver. She recorded a double-double with 14 points and ten rebounds. Emma Langford added a team high 15 points and six rebounds, while Hillary Carlson finished with 14 points and six boards. Wyoming shot 27-69 (.391) from the field, 9-10 (.900) from the free throw line, while out rebounding the Pioneers 42-40.

Denver was led by Britteni Rice with a team leading 16 points. Ashly Robinson recorded 12 points and 12 rebounds, while two other players had ten points each. DU was 23-56 (.411) from the field and 7-17 (.412) from beyond the arc.

The Pioneers came out and took the early 5-2 lead to begin the game, which was answered with a 7-2 run by Wyoming to give them a 9-7 advantage. Denver would score the next three points to regain the 10-9 lead, and again Wyoming responded with four unanswered to make it 13-10. The Pioneers chipped away and eventually tied it up at 17 all. They would score the next basket to take a 19-17 advantage and then extended the lead to five, 28-23. Both teams went cold for a couple of minutes until a Kristen Scheffler hit a three-point field goal to bring Wyoming to within two, 28-26, which would be the score heading into halftime.

In the first half Wyoming was led by Aubrey Vandiver with ten points and nine rebounds. She was followed by Emma Langford with five points. Briana Culberson recorded eight points for the Pioneers, while Katelyn Murdoch had nine rebounds and six points.

After the Pioneers scored the first basket of the second half, Wyoming went on a 10-1 run to regain a five point lead, 36-31. A basket by Ashly Robinson would finally end an almost five minutes scoring drought for Denver. The Cowgirls would hit the next two baskets to extend their lead to eight, 41-33. The Pioneers closed the gap by scoring five of seven to make it 43-38, but Wyoming answered with a 6-3 run to re-take an eight point lead, 49-41. Denver continued to battle back and would score the next two baskets to pull within four, 49-45. The Cowgirls would score the next six of nine to regain a seven point lead, 55-48. The Pioneers wouldn't go away as they scored the next eight straight to take the one point lead, 57-56, with just under one minute to go into the game. Two free throws and a basket put Wyoming back up by three, 59-56, but the Pioneers wouldn't go away. They would score the next basket to make it 59-58. Emma Langford would score the next two baskets for Wyoming to again put them up three, 63-60. Britteni Rice hit a layup with six seconds left, but two free throws by Hillary Carlson would seal win with two free throws and four seconds on the clock. Wyoming would hold on to the 65-62 victory.

Wyoming will host their home opener on Sunday, November 16, against the Montana Lady Griz. The game is set to begin at 2 p.m.