Nov. 29, 2008
EUGENE, Ore. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (3-3 overall) suffered a tough six-point loss, 51-45, against the Oregon Ducks (3-2 overall), on Saturday night, in Eugene.
"We gave the other team too many opportunities with our turnovers," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "Oregon has great size, which we had a difficult time handling. We went to the zone, which really got us back in to the game. I attribute some of it to our youth, but at some point we need to get over those growing pains and move forward as a group."
Emma Langford led all scorers for the Cowgirls with ten points, while adding five rebounds and three assists. Hillary Carlson added eight points and three other players had six points. Rebecca Vanderjagt finished with a team high six rebounds. As a team, Wyoming shot 18-50 (.360) from the field and 5-13 (.385) from beyond the arc.
Oregon was led by Amanda Johnson with 13 points and seven rebounds. Micaela Cocks and Ellie Manou each finished with 12 points each. The Ducks shot 17-52 (.327) from the field and 13-14 (.929) from the free throw line.
Oregon took an early 4-0 lead to start off the game, as it took almost two minutes before an Elisabeth Dissen basket got the Cowgirls on the board. After a Duck basket, the Cowgirls scored the next five of seven to pull within one, 8-7. Manou hit a shot to put Oregon up three, 10-7, but Wyoming went on a 4-0 run to take their first lead of the game, 11-10. The Ducks regained the lead, 20-11, with ten unanswered as the Cowgirls went cold. They went almost six minutes before a Carlson basket ended the scoring drought. Oregon would continue to play well on the offensive end as another 5-2 run gave them a double-figure lead, 25-13. Wyoming battled back with seven straight points, while holding the Ducks scoreless the final five minutes of the half to go into the lockerroom down 25-22.
It took both teams about three minutes before anyone scored until a Cocks three point field goal got the scoring going. Megan McGuffey hit the first shot of the half for the Cowgirls, and then Oregon scored four straight to make it an eight point game, 32-24. Wyoming responded with four unanswered to pull within four, 32-28. Unfortunately, the Ducks went on a 9-0 run to extend the lead back to double-figures, 41-28. Ashley Sickles broke the Cowgirls five minute scoring drought to bring them to within ten, 41-31. Oregon responded by scoring six of the next nine to regain the 14-point lead, 47-33. Wyoming continued to try and chip away at the lead as they went on a 7-2 run to make it a 49-40 game with just over four minutes left in the game. Langford and Sickles would hit a couple of baskets to pull them to within four, 49-45, with 51.7 seconds remaining in the game. Despite holding Oregon to just two points in the final five minutes of the game, the Cowgirls would fall short 51-45.
Wyoming will be out on the road next week for two match-ups against two Big Sky opponents. They will take on the Weber State Wildcats, on Thursday, December 4, and the Idaho State Bengals, on Saturday, December 6.