Cowgirl Basketball Has Tough Night In Loss Against Anteaters, 65-53

Nov. 29, 2010

IRVINE, Calif. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (4-2 overall) closed out their road trip with 65-53 loss against the UC Irvine Anteaters (3-3 overall) on Monday night in Irvine.

"It was a situation that we went into halftime down eight, and we talked about playing with more emotion and getting up and down the floor," said head coach Joe Legerski. "I thought we did that through the first three minutes and cut into the lead, but couldn't get ahead. We only shot 32 percent from the field and missed a number of perimeter shots, but did a good job rebounding. We're a team that either knocks shots down or we struggle with that which happened tonight. You also have to take a look that we turned the ball over 18 times."

Senior Hillary Carlson finished the night with her third double-double of the season. She recorded 23 points and 11 rebounds. With those 23 points, she is the 19th Cowgirl to reach the 1,000 career mark in school history and now has 1,015. She was followed by Jade Kennedy with 12 points and six rebounds. Wyoming shot 16-50 (.320) from the field and 14-17 (.824) from the charity stripe.

"Hillary had a great game tonight. She was just eight points shy of reaching 1,000, which is very well deserved. Hillary also with a double-double for her and played 39 minutes, because I thought she was the only one giving us any points and a presence on the inside at times."

UC Irvine was led by Jade Smith-Williams with 20 points, while shooting 8-8 from the free throw line. Mikah Maly-Karros added 15 points and a team high ten rebounds. The Anteaters shot 22-52 (.420) from the field and 16-18 (.889) from the free throw line.

It was a tough start for the Cowgirls as they fell behind 6-0 through the first media timeout. Out of the break, a three-point field goal by Aubrey Vandiver finally got Wyoming on the board. That would start a 7-2 run to pull the Cowgirls to within one, 8-7. UC Irvine would answer with four straight points to extend the lead back to five, 12-7. A Jade Kennedy basket and Hillary Carlson free throw made it a one point game, 12-11. The Anteaters quickly regained a 17-13 advantage, which was answered with five of the next seven for the Cowgirls to close the gap to one, 19-18. Unfortunately, UCI scored the final seven points to close out the half to give them a 26-18 advantage heading into the lockerroom.

Wyoming scored two quick three-point field goals to begin the second half to narrow the margin to two, 26-24. The Anteaters would go on an 8-3 run to extend the lead back to five, 32-27. Two free throws by Hillary Carlson and a three-point field goal by Randi Richardson brought the Cowgirls even at 32 all. A basket and four free throws by UCI put them back up by six, 38-32. UW would end the run, but UC Irvine scored the next seven straight to give them a double-figure lead, 45-34. Over the next several minutes, the two teams traded points as the Anteaters continued to maintain their lead, 49-38. UW would get the lead down to single-digits, 49-42. Five points from UCI extended that lead back to 12, 54-42. The Cowgirls would pull to within seven, 54-47, unfortunately their comeback would fall short. The Anteaters would hold on to the 65-53 victory.

The Cowgirls will return home for a match up against the Idaho Vandals, on Saturday, Dec. 4. The game is set for 12:00 p.m. in the Arena Auditorium.