Nov. 15, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (2-0 overall) earned their second victory of the season with an 80-48 win over the Dickinson State Lady Blue Hawks (2-3 overall) on Monday night in Laramie.
"Tonight was a game that was important to accomplish several goals," said head coach Joe Legerski. "First it was to have your starting unit come out and set a tempo and execute, which I thought they did, and to be up 28 at half and making good decisions with the basketball. The second goal was to get some experience for this young group. They play well as individuals when they have an opportunity to step on the court with the seniors. Tonight, it was a chance for them to learn some leadership on their own. We went through a stretch trying to find ourselves, but in the final four or five minutes they got back to playing the way we wanted to run things."
Two Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures led by Hillary Carlson and Aubrey Vandiver. Carlson scored a game high 21 points and eight rebounds, while shooting 10-15 from the field. Vandiver chipped in 12 points and eight rebounds in her 22 minutes of play, while Jade Kennedy added nine points and eight rebounds. Wyoming shot 31-75 (.413) from the field, 9-12 (.750) from beyond the arc while out rebounding Dickinson State, 57-32.
The Lady Blue Hawks were led by Amber Adams and Kylee Bittner with 12 points each. Kelsey Boedeker added 11 points and four rebounds. Dickinson State shot 19-63 (.302) from the field.
Wyoming came out of the strong in the first half as they opened up a 17-2 advantage with Hillary Carlson scoring the first 11 points for the Cowgirls. Dickinson State would score five points in the first six minutes of the half. With the score 17-5 in favor of UW, the Lady Blue Hawks made a small run to close the gap to ten points, 24-14. The Cowgirls would extend the lead back to 25, 44-19, by going on a 20-5 run. They would take a 50-22 lead into the lockerroom.
After the Cowgirls scored the first basket of the second half, Dickinson State scored six of eight to make it 55-28. UW would respond with a 9-2 run to put them ahead, 34, 64-30. Both teams would go at least five minutes with scoring until a Chaundra Sewell basket ended the drought for Wyoming. DSU went almost eight minutes without scoring until a three point field goal by Kylee Bittner. That would start an 11-2 run for the Lady Blue Hawks to bring them to within 27, 68-41. Wyoming's lead was never in jeopardy as they cruised to the 80-48 victory.
Wyoming will head out on the road for the first time this weekend. They will travel to Omaha, Neb. to face the Crieghton Bluejays, on Saturday, Nov. 20. The game is set for 1:00 p.m. MT.