Dec. 4, 2008
OGDEN, Utah -
Behind 15 points and six rebounds from Hillary Carlson, the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (4-3 overall) overcame a 23-point halftime deficit to earn a 78-75 victory over the Weber State Wildcats (3-3 overall), on Thursday night, in Ogden.
"The biggest thing for this team tonight was staying calm," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "When we went in at halftime, I talked about how Weber State played with a great deal of intensity and hit every shot they put up. It really put us back on our heels and one of the things we changed was switching on everything. We talked about switching everything, getting ready to make plays and someone needs to be there to rebound the ball. I felt we got a big lift from Hillary Carlson and Jade Kennedy off the bench, especially from a rebounding standpoint."
Wyoming had four players in double-figures on the night led by freshman Emma Langford. She recorded 20 points, six rebounds and five assists. Sophomore Hillary Carlson followed with a career high 15 points and six rebounds. Megan McGuffey finished with 13 points and eight rebounds while Elisabeth Dissen chipped in 12 points. Jade Kennedy brought down a career high nine rebounds to lead the team along with nine points. The Cowgirls shot 29-71 (.408) for the game, which included 19-35 (.543) in the second half. They also out rebounded Weber State 41-38 including 21-15 on the offensive rebounds and committed only nine turnovers.
The Wildcats had all five starters in double-figures led by Joey O'Neill and Tonya Schnibbe. They each recorded 14 points each, while O'Neill had a game high 13 rebounds. Caitlin Anderson finished with 13 points, Ali Thorderson had 12 and Abby Thorderson followed with ten. Weber State finished the game shooting 24-58 (.414) for the game, while going 5-27 (.185) in the second half. They were 20-23 (.870) from the free throw line and had 12 turnovers.
Weber State would come out and score the first basket of the game, but the Cowgirls would answer with four straight points to take a 4-2 lead. The Wildcats responded with a 10-0 run to regain an eight point advantage, 12-4. Langford hit a basket to end the three minute scoring drought for Wyoming. Unfortunately, Weber State scored the next 11 of 13 to extend the lead to double-figures, 23-8. Wyoming tried to put a dent into the lead with another 10-5 scoring run to pull within ten, 28-18. The Wildcats stormed right back with another offensive flurry, scoring the next 14 of 18 to pull ahead 42-22. The Cowgirls continued to struggle as they managed to score just two points in the final four minutes of the half to go into the lockerroom, 47-24.
Wyoming tried to cut into the Weber State lead out of the halftime break as they went on a 9-2 lead to make the score 49-33. The Wildcats continued to score at will by scoring 10 of 14 to make it a 22-point game, 59-37, with just over 13 minutes left in the game. There was no giving up by this Cowgirl team as they went on a 21-1 run over a four minute stretch to pull within two, 60-58. Ali Thorderson finally ended Weber State's scoring drought with a three-point shot to make the lead, 63-58. Wyoming seemed to have an answer every time, but couldn't get closer than two. With the score 67-65 in favor of the Wildcats, Kennedy hit a three-point shot to put the Cowgirls up one, 68-67, with three minutes left in the game. Two free throws by Anderson gave WSU lead the one point advantage, 69-68. Wyoming continued to respond as they scored the next five of eight to regain the one point lead, 70-69. With 26 seconds left on the clock, two Schnibbe free throws along with an Ali Thorderson free shot put Weber up by two, 75-73. After a timeout, the Wildcats would turnover the ball and Carlson would get the basket and complete the three-point play to give the Cowgirls a 76-75 advantage with seven seconds on the clock. Two free throws by Langford would seal the 78-75 victory for Wyoming.
Wyoming will close out their two game road trip against the Idaho State Bengals, on Saturday, December 6. The game is set to tip off at 2:05 p.m. in Pocatello.