Cowgirls Move to 3-0, Beat Fighting Sioux on the Road

Nov. 18, 2009

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (3-0 overall) opened up their two-game road trip with an impressive 85-59 victory over the North Dakota Fighting Sioux (0-3 overall), on Wednesday night in Grand Forks.

"We played with a great deal of confidence tonight," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "When you execute as well as we did on the offensive side of the ball and played the way we did on defense, it results in a victory. It was important for us to shoot well and we did in both halves.

"Kristen Scheffler really gave us a lift off the bench in first half with her scoring and really stepped it up as a defender. Leah Fitzgerald also did an outstanding job after Hillary got into foul trouble. She had an impressive line with six points, six rebounds and four blocked shots. Also, I thought Emma Langford had a good second half defensively against Bagaason, and Jade Kennedy continues to be impressive with 14 points, eight rebounds and six assists."

Four Cowgirls finished the game in double-figures led by sophomore Kristen Scheffler. She recorded a team-high 19 points, three rebounds and three steals. Jade Kennedy had 14 points and a team high eight rebounds. Emma Langford also chipped in 14 points while Aubrey Vandiver added ten points. They shot 29-52 (.558) from the field and 20-26 (.769) from the charity stripe, while out rebounding North Dakota 35-27.

UND was led by Kayla Bagaason with a game high 25 points, while Whitney Ledger recorded a team high seven rebounds and eight points. The Fighting Sioux shot 20-54 (.370) from the field and 12-15 (.800) from the free throw line.

North Dakota struck first with a basket to take an early lead, but the Cowgirls scored the next six of nine to take their first lead of the game, 6-5. The Fighting Sioux went on a 5-4 run to even it up at ten all. Over the next several minutes, the two teams went back and forth with scores until Wyoming took a four-point advantage, 19-15. UND answered with five straight points to regain a one point lead, 20-19. This time, the Cowgirls scored the next eight straight to earn a seven point advantage, 27-20. A three-point field goal by Jossy Bergan ended the run, but the Cowgirls extended their lead to double-figures, 42-27, with just under three minutes left in the half. Four free throws by North Dakota would pull them to within 13, 44-31. The Cowgirls would take a 48-33 lead into the lockerroom.

At halftime, Wyoming was led in scoring by Kristen Scheffler with 13 points, while Emma Langford added ten points and four rebounds. UND was led by Kayla Bagaason with 18 points, while two players had three rebounds.

The Fighting Sioux would score the first basket of the second half, but the Cowgirls answered with the next six straight to make the lead 54-35. UND chipped away at the lead with a 7-3 run to pull within 15, 57-42. Wyoming would extend the lead back to 20, 71-51 with just under seven minutes left in the game. From that point, the Cowgirls really strapped in on defensively as they held the Fighting Sioux to eight points the rest of the way. Wyoming would earn the 26-point victory, 85-59.

Wyoming will wrap up their road trip against the North Dakota State Bison, on Friday, Nov. 20. The game is set for 5 p.m. MT.