Nov. 23, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
In their second home game in a week, the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (2-2 overall) lost a tough game, 68-58, against the Gonzaga Bulldogs (5-0 overall), on Sunday afternoon, in Laramie.
"I thought tonight we played like freshmen at times," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "Gonzaga is very talented. They came out very aggressive and I think we tried to make plays that were not there. When you do that against good teams it takes passes away and we didn't do a good job adjusting. On the positive side, there was no giving up by this team. To be down 13 at halftime and fight back to within five showed tremendous character by this team, plus I was pleased with the way we played on the glass. Kristen Scheffler kept us within reach early in the game, and throughout the game."
Wyoming was led by freshman Kristen Scheffler with a career high 21 points in 36 minutes. She was 7-9 from the field and 6-8 from beyond the arc. Elisabeth Dissen added nine points and a career high ten rebounds, while Rebecca Vanderjagt added six. The Cowgirls shot 20-58 (.345) from the field and out rebounded the Bulldogs, 49-43.
The Bulldogs were led by Heather Bowman with 28 points and ten rebounds. She was followed by Courtney Vandersloot with 18 points and four assists. Gonzaga shot 23-70 (.329) from the field and 20-24 (.833) from the free throw line.
Gonzaga took an early 5-3 lead to begin the game but a Scheffler three-point field goal gave the Cowgirls their first lead, 6-5. The Bulldogs responded with a 15-1 scoring run to extend their lead to double-figures, 20-7. Wyoming went over five minutes without scoring before an Emma Langford three-point shot ended the drought. Gonzaga continued to play tough as they scored eight of the next ten to make it a 28-12 lead. The Cowgirls battled back with seven straight to pull within nine, 28-19. The Bulldogs would score the final seven of ten points in the half to take the 35-22 lead into the lockerroom.
The Cowgirls responded out of the break with four straight points to make it a nine point game, 35-26. After a Bulldog basket, both teams went cold until a Vanderjagt three-point shot broke the drought. That started a 10-4 run for Wyoming to pull them to within five, 41-36, with a little over 13 minutes in the game. Gonzaga responded with a 7-3 run to increase the lead back to nine, 48-39. Wyoming kept plugging away and scored the next seven of nine to again make it 50-46. The Bulldogs always seem have an answer with a 5-1 run to pull ahead 55-47. A Scheffler three-point field goal made it a five point game, 55-50. Unfortunately that would be as close as the Cowgirls would get. Gonzaga would go on to the 68-58 victory.
Wyoming will continue play at home this week as they host the Boise State Broncos, on Tuesday, Nov. 25, beginning at 7 p.m.