Cowgirl Basketball Holds On For One Point Win, 66-65

Nov. 26, 2010

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -

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Behind a double-double from senior Aubrey Vandiver, the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (3-1 overall) defeated the Chattanooga Lady Mocs (1-4 overall) by the final of 66-65 on Friday night in Northridge.

Senior Aubrey Vandiver recorded a career high 31 points along with 14 rebounds in 40 minutes of play. She was 10-19 from the field and 8-11 from the free throw line. Hillary Carlson added ten points and three rebounds, while Kristen Scheffler finished with eight points. The Cowgirls shot 23-62 (.371) from the field and out rebounded the Lady Mocs, 37-35.

"Aubrey played as good a 40 minutes that I've seen from a player," said head coach Joe Legerski. "Not only did she have 31 points and 14 rebounds, she had a great defensive performance as well. I thought we came out and executed the game plan from the beginning, hit some shots, which gave us confidence. Chattanooga is a good basketball team. They've won their conference several years in a row and made it to postseason. This is a big win for us as a program."

Chattanooga was led by Whitney Hood with 22 points and six rebounds in her effort. She was followed by Kayla Christopher with 13 points, while Kyle Lambert led the way for the Lady Mocs with seven rebounds. UTC shot 21-50 (.420) from the field and 17-19 (.895) from the charity stripe.

The Cowgirls came out strong early as they took a 7-0 lead through the first media timeout. Chattanooga would finally get on the board with 15:23 on the clock with a Whitney Hood basket. Randi Richardson scored the next two baskets to put the Cowgirls up seven, 11-4. After a free throw Whitney Hood, Aubrey Vandiver scored eight unanswered to extend the lead to double-figures, 19-5. The Lady Mocs responded with five straight of their own to narrow the lead to nine, 19-10. The two teams would play even over the next several minutes as Wyoming continued to maintain their lead 26-17 with just under four minutes left in the half. Chattanooga chipped away at the lead with an 8-4 run to pull within five, 30-25. Aubrey Vandiver hit a three-point field goal to end the run as the Cowgirls took a 33-27 lead into the lockerroom.

Aubrey Vandiver led all scorers with 18 first half points. She was followed by Hillary Carlson with five points, while Jade Kennedy had a team high four rebounds. The Cowgirls shot 13-27 (.481) from the field. The Lady Mocs were led by Whitney Hood with seven points, while Kylie Lambert recorded a team high four rebounds. Chattanooga was 9-28 (.321) from the field.

The Lady Mocs came out and closed the gap to four, 35-31 with a small 4-2 run. The Cowgirls responded with four straight free throws and a Randi Richardson three-point field goal to extend the lead back to nine, 40-31. UTC scored two three-point field goals of their own to make it a three point game, 40-37. A basket by Kristen Scheffler gave the Cowgirls a six point advantage, 43-37, and then both teams went almost three minutes without scoring. With the score 48-45 in favor of UW, a three-point shot by Jade Kennedy would start a 9-2 scoring run to increase the Cowgirls lead to ten, 57-47, with 7:27 to go in the game. They would hold a five to six point advantage for several minutes, but the Lady Mocs had one last push left in them. Aubrey Vandiver would hit two free throws to give Wyoming a 65-59 lead. A three-point play by Whitney Hood closed the gap to three, 65-62, and then with under a minute to go a three-point field goal by Kiara Smith tied the score at 65 all. Aubrey Vandiver would get fouled with 28 seconds to go and hit one of two to put the Cowgirls up one, 66-65. Some great defense down the stretch and a Jade Kennedy steal helped Wyoming hold on for the 66-65 win.

Wyoming will play the winner of the Cal State Northridge/Wichita State game tomorrow beginning at 8:30 p.m. MT.