Comeback Cowgirls Overcome Big Halftime Deficit to Beat Broncos

Nov. 25, 2008


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In their final game before the Thanksgiving break, the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (3-2 overall) overcame a 15-point first half deficit to earn a 62-55 victory against the Boise State Broncos (2-3 overall), on Tuesday night, in Laramie.

"It was a tale of two halves," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "There is no doubt, but for whatever reason we started the game with very little energy or emotion. Whether it's a carryover from a tough game on Sunday or just a quick turnaround, the best thing I'm able to say is that we changed it at halftime. We talked about extending our defense, getting out in passing lanes and needing to play with some energy. The players are the only ones that can turn it around and I thought they did a tremendous job."

Two Cowgirl players finished the night in double-figures led once again by true freshman Emma Langford. She recorded 21 points, eight rebounds and six assists in 37 minutes. Hillary Carlson added 13 points while Elisabeth Dissen and Megan McGuffey each finished with nine points. McGuffey led the way with a career high 13 boards as well. The Cowgirls shot 18-55 (.327) from the field and 22-32 (.688) from the free throw line.

Boise State was led by Brittany Moore with 16 points, while Marisa Stotler recorded nine points and six rebounds. Ja'Lara Walker brought down a team high ten boards. The Broncos were 18-57 (.316) from the field and 7-14 (.500) from beyond the arc.

Boise State jumped out early with an early 4-0 lead to begin the game, while it took the Cowgirls almost three minutes before an Langford basket. It was almost another two minutes before either team scored which started a 5-0 run by the Broncos to give them a 9-2 advantage. Wyoming came back and scored five of six to pull within three, 10-7. Boise State would respond with an 8-0 run to extend the lead to double-figures, 18-7. A Carlson basket would end a five minute scoring drought for the Cowgirls, unfortunately BSU ran off another five points to pull ahead by 14, 23-9. Over the next four minutes the teams traded baskets back and forth as the Broncos continued to lead 33-18 with under four minutes in the half. Despite playing tough, Wyoming would go in to the locker room down 37-24.

The Cowgirls battled back out of the halftime break with a 7-2 run to pull within eight, 39-31, through the first media timeout. After Wyoming scored the next basket, the Broncos hit their first shot in over five minutes to make the score 41-33. UW continued to chip away at the lead with another 9-1 run to make it a one point game, 42-41. Three free throws put Boise State back up by four, 45-41, as the Cowgirls went over three minutes without scoring. Finally a Kristen Scheffler three-point field goal got Wyoming on the board and to within one point, 45-44. There was no give up as they scored four of the next five to go ahead in the game for the first time, 48-46, with 6:17 to go. BSU would tie it up at 48 all and then scored three of the next five to back up by one, 51-50. A Dissen basket put UW up 52-51, but two more Bronco free throws helped them regain a 53-52 advantage. Another five point surge from the Cowgirls gave them a 57-53 advantage. Two more points by the Broncos pulled them to within two, 57-55, with just over a minute to play. It would be as close as they would get as Wyoming scored the final five points to seal the 62-55 victory.

Wyoming will be out on the road their next game against the Oregon Ducks, on Saturday, Nov. 29. The game is set to begin at 8 p.m. Mountain Time in Eugene.