Nov. 15, 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (2-0 overall) recorded a 30-point victory, 68-38, in their home opener against the Montana Lady Griz (0-2 overall), on Sunday afternoon, in Laramie.
"I thought today's game was one we showed up with great focus," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "We shot the ball extremely well, and it's always easier to shoot when you have an eight to ten point lead. I was happy we got 23 points from our bench. They really stepped up. Kristen Scheffler gave us a big lift in the first half when Aubrey was in foul trouble. Bec Campigli came in and gave us intensity in transition. We went on a 17-2 run over the last eight minutes of the first half, and a tremendous part of that was Bec pushing the basketball. Another player off the bench with a solid performance was Chaundra Sewell. If you take a look on what we were able to accomplish today, I'm happy that the majority of players played in the 20-minute range."
Two Cowgirls finished in double-figures led by sophomore Emma Langford. She recorded a team high 13 points while adding six rebounds in 28 minutes of play. She was followed by Chaundra Sewell with a career high 11 points and five rebounds. Hillary Carlson led the way with a game high eight rebounds, while adding nine points. As a team, Wyoming shot 27-61 (.443) and out rebounded the Lady Griz 49-35. They also had 28 points in the paint and 23 points off the bench.
Montana was led by Shaunte Nance-Johnson with ten points, while Alyssa Smith added seven points. The Lady Griz shot 16-65 (.246) from the field and 4-20 (.200) from beyond the arc.
Wyoming struck first with two three point field goals to take a 6-2 lead. Montana went on a 5-2 run to pull within one, 8-7, but the Cowgirls scored the next two baskets to regain a four point margin, 11-7. They extended the lead to double-figures, 20-9 by scoring 9 of 11. The Lady Griz went cold until a Lauren Beck jumper ended a four minute drought. Over the next several minutes, the scoring stayed even as the Cowgirls continued to lead. Wyoming would take a 39-17 advantage in to the halftime break as they out scored Montana 17-2 down the stretch and help them scoreless almost nine minutes.
In the second half the Cowgirls came and went on a 9-2 run to make it 48-19 through the first media timeout. A basket by Alyssa Smith would end an almost five minute drought by the Lady Griz, but a Randi Richardson three-point basket answered their score which made it 51-21. Montana went on a small run to try and chip away at the lead, 57-28. The Cowgirls answered with 11 of 13 to increase the lead to 38, 68-30, with 4:20 remaining in the game. The Lady Griz would score the last eight points of the game, but the Cowgirls still came away with the 68-38 win.
Wyoming will be back on the road for two games next week. They will take on North Dakota, on Wednesday, Nov. 18, and the North Dakota State Bison, on Friday, Nov. 20.