Cowgirl Basketball Wins Home Opener Over Tough Fighting Sioux Squad

Nov. 20, 2008

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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In their regular season home opener, the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (2-1 overall) earned a dominating 100-75 victory against the North Dakota Fighting Sioux (1-2 overall), on Thursday night, in Laramie.

"The pace of this game was very fast," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "North Dakota came out with a great deal of energy and shot the ball very well. We had to make an adjustment to that pace and it looked like we were trying to make one play that got us back into it instead of fighting our way back. At the eight minute mark, we were down 11 and we talked about trying to win the next point. Little did I know we would go on a 28-4 run to close out the half. I thought we started to get some confidence against the zone, starting hitting some shots and defending."

Four players finished the game in double-figures for Wyoming led by freshman Emma Langford. She recorded a career high 26 points and six assists along with five rebounds in her 34 minutes of play. Jade Kennedy followed with a career high 16 points, while Elisabeth Dissen added 15 and Megan McGuffey had 11. Dissen also led the way in rebounds with seven. As a team, they shot 34-65 (.523) from the field and 11-26 (.423) from beyond the arc, while out rebounding UND, 39-33.

North Dakota was led by Dayne Guinn with 26 points in her 30 minutes of play, while Kierah Kimbrough finished with 20 points. They shot 30-63 (.476) from the field and 7-17 (.412) from beyond the arc.

North Dakota jumped out early with a 6-0 run. The Cowgirls would score their first basket at the 18:20 mark with a three-point shot from Langford. UND scored the next four points to extend the lead to seven, 10-3, but five unanswered by Wyoming pulled them to within two, 10-8. After a Fighting Sioux basket, UW went on a 5-1 run to pull even at 13. The two teams played even over the next several points but with the score tied at 17 all, North Dakota went on a 5-2 run to make it 23-19. Two free throws by Kennedy pulled the Cowgirls to within two, 23-21, unfortunately eight straight by UND put them ahead 31-21. Wyoming continued to battle their way back into it by scoring 13 of the next 16 points to pull even at 34. They would play tough the remainder of the half as they closed out the final four minutes on a 17-4 run to take a 51-38 lead into the lockerroom.

The Cowgirls opened up the second half on a 7-4 run to extend their lead to 16, 58-42. After a UND basket, Wyoming scored seven straight points to pull ahead 65-44. Two baskets by the Fighting Sioux finally ended the drought to make it 65-49. Over the next several minutes the two teams played evenly until an 11-1 run by North Dakota brought them to within nine, 71-62 with 10:21 remaining in the game. The Cowgirls responded with 11 unanswered to extend the lead back to 20, 82-62. UND went over five minutes before a free throw ended the scoring drought. The game was never in jeopardy as the Cowgirls earned the 25-point victory, 100-75.

Wyoming will continue play at home this week as they host the Gonzaga Bulldogs, on Sunday, Nov. 23, beginning at 2 p.m.