Nov. 27, 2010
NORTHRIGDE, Calif. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (4-1 overall) earned the Woodland Hills Holiday Inn Thanksgiving Basketbal Classic Championship with a 63-55 win over Wichita State Shockers (3-2 overall) on Saturday night in Northridge. Two players were named to the All-Tournament Team as Aubrey Vandiver earned the honor and Hillary Carlson was selected the tournament MVP.
"It was a tremendous performance against a good Wichita State team," said head coach Joe Legerski. "It came down to so many big plays from so many people. We always count on Hillary and Aubrey but I thought Bec (Campigli) gave us a big lift in the first half with 14 points and then the effort by Chaundra Sewell. The group as a whole and which they performed as a whole was a tremendous performance."
Senior Hillary Carlson led the way with 18 points and nine rebounds. She was followed by Bec Campigli with 14 points and four rebounds while Aubrey Vandiver added 13 points and seven boards. Wyoming shot 24-54 (.444) from the field and 10-14 (.714) from the free throw line.The Shockers were led Michelle Prince with ten rebounds and Breanna Dawkins with 15 points. Wichita State shot 22-59(.373) from the field.
Wichita State jumped out early to take a 7-0 lead to begin the game. Wyoming battled back with a 6-2 run to bring the score to within three, 9-6. After a Shocker basket, the Cowgirls scored eight of the next ten to pull ahead by one, 14-13. The Shockers went on an 8-3 run to even it up at 17 all. A three-point field goal by Bec Campigli gave the Cowgirls a 20-17 lead, but Wichita State scored 8 of 13 to make the score 25 all. Wyoming kept their composure and closed out the half on a 10-2 scoring drive and went into the lockerroom with a 35-27 lead.
Bec Campigli led all scorers with 14 points and four rebounds followed by Hillary Carlson with ten points. Wyoming shot 14-31 (.452) from the field. Michelle Price finished with eight points and seven rebounds in the first half. They shot 11-20 (.367) from the field.
The Shockers came out and went on a 6-2 run to pull within four, 37-33, to begin the second half, but a three-point play by Hillary Carlson helped the Cowgirls regain a seven point advantage, 40-33. Wichita State scored the next basket and then Wyoming added the next four points to regain a 44-35 lead. The teams played even with the Shockers over the next several minutes as they maintained a 47-39 advantage. They would continue to maintain a eight to nine point lead to make it 53-42. With a seven point advantage in hand for the Cowgirls, WSU battled back with two three-point field goals to pull to within one, 56-55. Chaundra Sewell made a three-point play to give them a four point advantage, 59-55. They held off the Shockers to take the win 63-55.
>The Cowgirls will close out their road trip on Monday, Nov. 29, against the UC Irvine Anteaters. The game is set for 8:00 p.m. Mountain Time.