Nov. 24, 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (5-0 overall) earned a well fought 68-45 victory over the Black Hills State Yellow Jackets (5-2 overall), on Tuesday night in Laramie.
"I mentioned to the players at the end of the game how proud the way they fought tonight," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "To come up with a 23-point win, hold an opponent to under 50 points and 30 percent from the field. This was a great effort. At times, I think everyone expects you to walk in and win by 30 every time. Black Hills State played extremely hard tonight. It was a great learning experience to handle this much pressure as they were able to bring. It was also a difficult match up for us when we had Hillary Carlson guard someone that was 5-10, 5-11 most of the night. Overall, I'm very pleased.
"I thought Hillary played excellent with 14 points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots. Our rock was back tonight, Aubrey Vandiver. She played with so much composure, had another double-double and really was a steady influence in this game."
Junior Aubrey Vandiver recorded her second straight double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds. She was followed by Hillary Carlson with 14 points and eight rebounds, while Emma Langford had eight points and seven assists. Wyoming shot 22-47 (.468) from the field and 18-22 (.818) from the free throw line.
The Yellow Jackets were led by Kelly Krolikowski with 19 points in 27 minutes of play while Alana Dykhouse recorded a team high 11 rebounds. BHSU shot 16-49 (.327) from the field and 7-11 (.636) from the charity stripe.
Wyoming stormed out as they scored three straight three-point field goals and a basket to take an 11-0 lead through the first media timeout. It took the Yellow Jackets almost five minutes to get on the board with a Morgan Mines basket. They would battle back with a 9-4 run to pull within six, 17-11. The Cowgirls scored the next seven of ten to regain a double-figure lead, 24-14. Both teams went cold as neither one scored for almost five minutes. After a basket by BHSU, Wyoming went on a 6-1 run to extend the lead to 31-17. The scoring was almost even the rest of the half as the Cowgirls took a 40-22 lead into the lockerroom.
There wasn't a lot of scoring to begin the second half as the teams combined for just eight points to make the score 46-25. Both teams then went another couple of minutes without scoring until the Yellow Jackets close the gap to 14, 56-42. The Cowgirls would score the next seven points to regain a 21-point lead, 63-42. There would be a combined eight points the final three minutes as the Cowgirls went on to the 68-45 win.
Wyoming will return to action after the Thanksgiving holiday as they host the Idaho State Bengals, on Monday, Nov. 30. The game is set to tip off at 7 p.m.