Cowgirls Get Big Win Over Bengals

Nov. 30, 2009

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team moved to 6-0 overall with a 76-40 win over the Idaho State Bengals (1-5 overall), on Monday night in Laramie.

"Tonight I thought our defense was tremendous for 40 minutes," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "To be able to hold a team to 40 points and 29 percent shooting, really shows our dedication to playing defense. I thought Hillary Carlson established herself on the inside and when you get an inside presence it puts a tremendous amount of pressure on your opponent. They have to make decisions on whether to double team her, and Hillary responded well. More importantly, we got things going on the perimeter as we shot 40 percent from beyond arc."

Wyoming was led by junior Hillary Carlson who scored a season high 25 points, while adding four rebounds and two blocks in 26 minutes of played. She was followed Aubrey Vandiver with 13 points and six rebounds, while Jade Kennedy brought down a team high eight rebounds. The Cowgirls shot 28-54 (.519) from the field and out rebounded the Bengals 39-27.

Idaho State was led by Oana Iacovita with nine points and two rebounds. She was followed by Ashleigh Vella with seven points and five rebounds. The Bengals shot 14-49 (.286) from the field and 3-11 (.273) from beyond the arc.

The Cowgirls jumped out to a 6-0 lead to begin the game, while it took the Bengals almost four minutes before they would score. Over the next four minute stretch, Wyoming would go on a 9-0 run to make the lead double-figures, 15-2. Idaho State went another six minutes before a free throw ended their scoring drought as the Cowgirls continued to lead, 17-3. After a Cowgirl basket, the Bengals scored the next 12 of 16 to close the gap to 21-15. Wyoming answered with a 13-3 run to end the half to take a 34-18 lead into the lockerroom.

The Bengals went on a 6-2 run to begin the second half to pull within two, 36-24. Wyoming scored the next five points to make it 41-24. Over the next several minutes, both teams traded scores as the Cowgirls continued to maintain their lead, 50-33. At the 10:54 mark, two free throws by Hillary Carlson would start an 11-0 run for Wyoming to increase their margin to 28, 61-33. Free throws by the Bengals would end a five minute scoring drought. Wyoming would hold them to five points the remainder of the way to come away with the 76-40 victory.

Wyoming will be back on the road for a couple of games. They will take on the Idaho Vandals, on Thursday, Dec. 3, and the Washington State Cougars, on Saturday, Dec. 5. The game against Idaho is set to tip off at 8 p.m. MT, while the game against the Cougars is slated for 3 p.m. MT.