Cowgirls Come Up Short against Lady Griz

Nov. 16, 2008

MISSOULA, Mont. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (1-1 overall) suffered their first loss of the season against the Montana Lady Griz (1-0 overall), 71-64, on Sunday afternoon, in Missoula.

"This is a very tough place to play," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "I was very happy how we came out and played from the start. We looked inexperienced at times, but we made great runs when we needed to. We had our opportunities but we gave them too many chances to stay in the game. We had a good effort from our younger players, but we had good leadership from our seniors. Megan McGuffey really stepped up with her 15 points and ten rebounds."

Wyoming was led by Emma Langford with a career high 20 points along with four rebounds and four assists. Megan McGuffey and Kristen Scheffler each added 15 points, while McGuffey recorded ten rebounds. As a team, the Cowgirls shot 23-52 (.442) from the field, 11-27 (.407) from beyond the arc and 7-9 (.778) from the free throw line.

Montana was led by Sarah Ena with 19 points, while Mandy Morales followed with 14. Britney Lohman finished with a team high 12 rebounds and nine points. The Lady Griz shot 22-63 (.349) from the field and 22-28 (.786) from the free throw line.

Wyoming came out strong to start the game as they took an 8-0 lead. It took the Lady Griz over three minutes to score until a three-point play by Ena put them on the board. The Cowgirls scored five straight to take a double-figure lead 13-3. After two free throws by Montana, both teams went cold until a Sonya Rogers ended a three minute drought. It would start a 6-0 run for the Lady Griz which would even things up at 14 all. Montana would extend that lead with seven straight points to make it 21-14. A Scheffler three-point field goal would end the Cowgirls scoring slump, which would begin a 6-0 run to pull the score even at 23 all. They would score the next five straight to take a five point advantage, 28-23, and would take a 31-29 lead in to the lockerroom.

It took the two teams a while to get going in the second half as the Lady Griz struck first with two free throws by Lohman to put them up 33-31. Wyoming responded with a three point field goal by McGuffey to give the Cowgirls a 34-33 lead. Montana scored the next four points to go up by three, 37-34. Langford hit two three-point shots to give the Cowgirls a 40-37 lead, but a 7-0 run helped Montana regain a 44-40 lead. Wyoming would score the next seven of nine to pull ahead by two, 47-46. The Lady Griz answered with a 7-2 run to regain the lead, 53-49, but the Cowgirls scored five straight to let them take a one point lead, 54-53. Their lead wouldn't last long as Montana scored the next five of seven to give themselves a 58-56 advantage. Another three-point field goal by Kristen Scheffler gave them a one point lead, which didn't last as a 8-2 scoring run put the Lady Griz up 66-61. Three points from Wyoming brought them to within two, 66-64, unfortunately their comeback would fall short as the Lady Griz scored the final five points to win the game 71-64.

Wyoming will resume play next week at home as they host the North Dakota Fighting Sioux, on Thursday, Nov. 20.