Wyoming Basketball Earns Double Figure Win Over Vandals, 68-55

Dec. 4, 2010

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (5-2 overall) returned home for the first time in a couple of weeks and defeated the Idaho Vandals (5-2 overall), 68-55, on Saturday afternoon in Laramie.

In her first start of her career, sophomore Chaundra Sewell recorded a career high 23 points, along with eight rebounds and four assists in 37 minutes. She was followed by Aubrey Vandiver with 21 points and ten rebounds, while shooting 7-15 from the field and 4-8 from beyond the arc. Wyoming was 21-53 (.396) from the field and 17-26 (.654) from the free throw line.

Idaho was led by Derisa Taleni who recorded a team high 17 points and nine rebounds. Ganeaya Rogers added 11 points, while Shaena Kuehu chipped in eight points and six rebounds. The Vandals were 21-54 (.389) from the field and 10-16 (.625) from the free throw line.

"Today's game definitely did not disappoint our coaching staff or fan base," said head coach Joe Legerski. "It was exactly what I knew going in, Idaho was 5-1 coming in and playing very well. Their match-up zone is a situation that we scouted and put together the way we wanted to attack it, but it was still up to the players to make the right decisions. I always say it comes down to players and today we had two that were tremendous. For Chaundra to get her first start, play 37 minutes and get 23 points and eight rebounds, she was a force out there on the court. That was also the quietest double-double that I think I've seen from Aubrey Vandiver. We put her in a position that she would be on the perimeter most of the game and just knock down some shots when you have the chance. She really stepped up especially in the second half."

Wyoming started off the game quickly as they took a 5-0 lead. Idaho responded with seven straight points to take their first lead, 7-5. The Cowgirls went on a 5-2 run to pull back ahead, 10-9. After a basket by each team, both went several minutes without scoring until a small run by Idaho put them up 14-13. UW stormed back with a 13-0 run of their own to give them a double-figure lead, 28-16, while the Vandals went almost seven minutes without a basket. The two teams played even in the final couple of minutes as UW took a 33-21 lead into the lockerroom.

Chaundra Sewell led all scorers at the half with 12. Hillary Carlson recorded seven points plus a team high seven rebounds. The Cowgirls shot 11-25 (.440) from the field and recorded 18 rebounds. The Vandals were led by Rachele Kloke and Shaena Kuehu with five points each, while Derisa Taleni and Yinka Olorunnife each added four rebounds. Idaho was 9-24 (.275) from the field.

The Cowgirls would extend their lead to 15, 44-28, out of the halftime break. Idaho would close the gap to nine, 44-35, with seven straight points. Wyoming would stretch the lead back to double-figures, 49-35, with just under 11 minutes to go in the game. The Vandals would chip away over the next several minutes and pulled to within six, 54-48, by scoring 11 of 16 points. A free throw shot by Chaundra Sewell and a three-point field goal by Jade Kennedy put the Cowgirls up ten, 58-48, which shifted the momentum back to Wyoming. They would close out the last four minute segment on a 10-7 run to come away with the 68-55 victory.

The Cowgirls will continue play at home next week as they host the Westminster Griffins, on Saturday, Dec. 11. The game is set for 2:00 p.m. in the Arena Auditorium.