Cowgirls Remain Undefeated With Road Win over Bison

Nov. 20, 2009

FARGO, N.D. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (4-0 overall) remained undefeated with a 68-60 victory over the North Dakota State Bison (1-2 overall), on Friday night in Fargo.

"In tonight's game, I thought North Dakota State was the aggressor out on the floor," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "We started taking some ill advised shots, they had our offense pushed out a bit and we had to gain some composure, get more focused. That's due to a young team and being on the road for several days.

"We talked going into the lockerroom that we out-scored them in the last four minutes. Even though we were down, it showed that we were getting better and it carried over into the second half. This was a heck of a ball game. North Dakota State is improved and very aggressive. I thought we got some big play especially from Kristen Scheffler. She has become an all-around player. Aubrey also showed her leadership by stepping up down the stretch at the end with hitting free throws. As a group, we didn't shoot the ball extremely well, but I thought we found a way to win."

Wyoming was led by sophomore Kristen Scheffler with a team high 17 points and four steals, while shooting 6-11 (.545) from the field and 4-7 (.571) from beyond the arc. She was followed by Aubrey Vandiver with 13 points and ten rebounds, while Jade Kennedy recorded 12 points and three assists. The Cowgirls shot 25-58 (.431) from the field and 11-22 (.500) from beyond the arc. They out rebounded the Bison 41-30.

The Bison were led by Janae Birch with 19 points and six rebounds, while Katie Birkel chipped in 15 points and eight rebounds. North Dakota State went 23-53 (.415) from the field and 11-18 (.611) from the free throw line.

North Dakota State quickly jumped out and took a 7-0 lead to begin the game. The Cowgirls would finally get on the board and scored seven of nine to pull within two, 9-7. Both teams went almost four minutes without scoring until the Bison broke the drought and quickly regained a 13-7 advantage. Wyoming closed the gap to one, 13-12, but NDSU scored eight straight to take a nine point lead, 21-12. The Cowgirls continued to chip away at the deficit and pulled to within one, 28-27, by closing out the half on a 15-7 run.

The Bison came out and went on a 5-2 run to make the lead, 32-29, which was answered by a 5-2 run by the Cowgirls to pull them to within one, 35-34. The two teams would trade scores until a three-point play by Kristen Scheffler gave the Cowgirls their first lead of the game 42-40 with just over 13 minutes remaining on the clock. After NDSU tied it up at 42, the two teams traded scores over the next several minutes until the Bison went on a 7-0 run to take a five-point lead, 55-50. The Cowgirls answered right back with three straight three-point field goals to regain a four-point lead, 59-55. North Dakota State would hit one of two free throws to make it 59-56, but Jade Kennedy would hit a three-point field goal to give the Cowgirls a 62-56 advantage with just under three minutes to go in the game. With the score 64-56 in favor of Wyoming, the Bison battled back with four straight points to pull within four, 64-60. Aubrey Vandiver would hit four free throws down the stretch to help the Cowgirls earn the 68-60 victory.

Wyoming returns home for the next two games. They will host the Black Hills State Yellow Jackets, on Tuesday, Nov. 24, and the Idaho State Bengals, on Monday, Nov. 30. Both games are set to tip off at 7 p.m.