Nov. 20, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (2-1 overall) suffered their first defeat of the season with an 11 point loss, 60-49, against the Creighton Bluejays (2-2 overall) on Saturday afternoon in Omaha.
"We really struggled getting anything to go down early, which translated in to some frustration from our players" said head coach Joe Legerski. "When you're on the road, it's key to start off well from the beginning and when we didn't the crowd really got into it. I think we were tight offensively, which affected us on the defensive side as well."
Aubrey Vandiver finished the afternoon with a team high 11 points and nine rebounds in her 33 minutes of play. She was followed by Hillary Carlson with eight points, ten rebounds and four blocked shots, while Ashley Sickles added nine points off the bench. Wyoming shot 18-46 (.391) from the field and 4-13 (.308) from beyond the arc, while recording 31 rebounds.
"I was happy with the play of a few players off the bench. Chaundra (Sewell) did a good job of going to the basket hard and Bec (Campigli) really gave us a good lift in the last part of the game. Also, I felt Ashley Sickles created some match-up problems and she really showed us some good things."
Creighton had two players in double-figures led by Kelsey Woodard. She finished with 14 points and six rebounds, while Carli Tritz added ten points and six rebounds. The Bluejays were 24-65 (.369) from the field and 7-10 (.700) from the charity stripe.
It was low scoring through the first four minutes of the game as the Bluejays took a 4-0 lead. Out of the media timeout, Creighton extended their lead to 13-0 with nine straight points. The Cowgirls would finally score with 12:36 on the clock with a Kristen Scheffler jumper. Wyoming scored four of the next six points to cut the lead to single-digits, 15-6, with just under ten minutes to go in the half. A basket by Kellie Nelson would end a three minute scoring drought for Creighton, but a three-point play by Hillary Carlson put the score at 17-9. A basket by the Bluejays gave them a double-figure lead, 19-9, and then both teams went over three minutes scoring. Two baskets by Creighton would extend the lead back to 17, 26-9, with three minutes to go in the half. The Cowgirls hit double-figures with a Hillary Carlson free throw, which would start a small 4-2 run, to pull them to within 14, 28-14. That would be the score Creighton would take into the lockerroom.
Wyoming was led by Hillary Carlson who recorded six points and nine rebounds. She was followed by Kristen Scheffler with four points. The Cowgirls were 6-22 (.273) from the field and 0-3 (.000) from beyond the arc. Creighton was led by Kelsey Woodard and Carli Tritz with ten points each, while Sarah Nelson had a team high five rebounds. The Bluejays shot 12-33 (.364) from the field and 3-9 (.333) from the three-point line.
The momentum continued on the Bluejays side to begin the second half as they opened up with a 5-0 run to give them a 19 point lead, 33-14. Wyoming would get on the board with two Aubrey Vandiver free throws and then a Hillary Carlson basket to get the lead down to 15, 33-18. Creighton scored the next two baskets to regain a 37-18 advantage. An Aubrey Vandiver basket would start a 6-2 run for UW to close the gap to within 15, 39-24. The Bluejays would respond with an 8-1 run to give them a 22-point lead, 47-25. With the score 54-30 in favor of Creighton, the Cowgirls would make one final charge with a 19-4 run to bring them to within nine, 58-49. Unfortunately, they didn't have enough time to complete the comeback as they would fall by the final of 60-49.
Wyoming continues play on the road next week at the Holiday Inn Basketball Classic in Northridge, Calif. They will open up against the Chattanooga Lady Mocs, on Friday, Nov. 26. The game is set for 6:00 p.m. Mountain Time.