Road Win For Cowgirls Over Pioneers To Open Season

Nov. 14, 2008

DENVER, Colo. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (1-0 overall) opened up the 2008-09 regular season with a 61-54 victory against the Denver Pioneers (0-1 overall), on Friday night, in Denver. The victory gives head coach Joe Legerski his 100th career win.

"I thought we played exceptional tonight," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "When you don't see film on a team, it's hard to know what they will do out there, but we held our own. This is a game of runs, teams will make them, as a team you have to make a few more plays to come away with the win. We did a good job in the last minute of holding our own and making the adjustments when we needed to.

"Our seniors came up big tonight as well. Elisabeth (Dissen) got us off to a great start, and Megan (McGuffey) came in and hit those big free throws. We also know that Kristen Scheffler has the ability to shoot the ball. She stepped and had no hesitation to hit those shots."

Three players finished the night in double-figures for the Cowgirls led by freshman Kristen Scheffler. She recorded 18 points, while shooting 6-9 (.667) from the field in 27 minutes of play. Elisabeth Dissen and Emma Langford each added 11 points. Langford also had six rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Rebecca Vanderjagt led the way with seven rebounds. Wyoming shot 22-50 (.440) from the field, 11-16 (.688) from the charity stripe and brought down 35 rebounds.

Denver was led by Ashly Robinson with a team high 13 points and six rebounds. Brianna Culberson followed with nine points and four boards, while Sara Bents added eight. The Pioneers were 20-49 (.408) from the field and had 28 rebounds.

The Cowgirls stormed out early in the game as they scored nine unanswered to take the 9-0 lead. It took the Pioneers over four minutes before a Bents basket put them on the board, which started a 4-2 run to bring them to within five, 11-6. They would score the next four straight to pull within one, 11-10, as the Cowgirls went cold. They would go over five minutes without scoring until a three-point play by Langford ended the Wyoming drought. Denver answered once again with another 5-0 run to take their first lead of the game, 15-14, but a Scheffler three-point field goal regained a two point advantage, 17-15, for the Cowgirls. The Pioneers continued to be hot on the offensive end as they scored another seven straight to put them back ahead, 22-17. Another three-point field goal by Wyoming made it a two point game, 22-20, which was answered with a DU basket to give them a four point advantage. The Cowgirls responded with a 6-0 run to take the slight 26-24 lead, but with the clock winding down a Pioneer basketball tied it up at 26 all going in to the lockerroom.

Wyoming opened up the second half with all the scoring with a 5-0 run to take a 31-26 lead. The Pioneers scored their first basket with 14:13 on the clock. The two teams traded a couple of baskets as the Cowgirls continued to lead 33-30. A three-point field goal by Celena Otero tied it up at 33, but Wyoming answered with a 12-4 run to pull ahead by eight, 45-37 with just under ten minutes to go. Two baskets by Denver pulled them to within four, 45-41, which was answered with a 6-0 run to extend their lead to double-figures, 51-41. The Pioneers kept battling away with seven straight points to make it a three-point game, 51-48. The Cowgirls seemed to have an answer every time as they scored another six unanswered to go ahead by nine, 57-48. A couple of baskets by the Pioneers made it a five point game, 57-52. Wyoming kept their composure, while Megan McGuffey hit four straight free throws down the stretch to seal the 61-54 victory.

Wyoming will wrap up the weekend as they take on the Montana Lady Griz, on Sunday, Nov. 16. The game is set for 2 p.m. in Missoula.