Dec. 6, 2008
POCATELLO, Idaho -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (5-3 overall) won their second straight game with a 61-55 victory over the Idaho State Bengals (3-6 overall), on Saturday afternoon in Pocatello.
"I think this game was very physical," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "When that happens, I think that takes away from the focus shooting the basketball and worrying about the defensive side, which showed in the shooting percentage of both teams. It shows the way people are defending, not giving up anything and it really felt like a conference game, where each possession is so important. I thought Megan McGuffey gave us a big lift today, and came out and really attacked the basket. Also, Hillary Carlson is playing extremely well with her 13 points and five rebounds, but her three blocked shots were big."
The Cowgirls were led by senior Megan McGuffey with 14 points along with seven rebounds in her 29 minutes of play. She was followed by Hillary Carlson with 13 points, while Jade Kennedy had a career high 11 rebounds. Wyoming shot 21-54 (.389) from the filed and 15-22 (.682) from the free throw line. They out rebounded the Bengals 38-36 and committed 15 turnovers.
Chelsea Pickering led the way with 19 points for Idaho State, while Oana Iacovita recorded a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds. The Bengals shot 21-60 (.350) from the field and 6-15 (.400) from beyond the arc.
Idaho State took the early 6-2 lead to begin the game. The Cowgirls scored the next six of eight to take their first lead of the game, 8-6. The Bengals answered with five straight points to regain a three-point advantage, 11-8, which they increased to four, 15-11. Wyoming would responded with an 8-2 run to close out the half to take a 19-17 lead into the lockerroom.
The Bengals responded out of the halftime break by scoring seven of the first eleven points to retake the lead, 26-23. Wyoming came right back with a 10-1 run of their own to go back up by six, 33-27. Over the next several minutes the two teams played basket for basket until the Cowgirls ran off ten straight points to pull ahead by double-figures, 45-33. Idaho State continue to battle back as they went on a 6-2 run to bring the score to within eight, 47-39. Five unanswered by Wyoming helped them regain a 13 point advantage, 52-39. The Bengals continued to chip away at the Cowgirl lead as six straight points from them put a dent into the lead, 52-46. The Cowgirls maintained their composure and closed out the game on a 9-5 run to earn the six point victory, 61-55.
Wyoming will host the North Dakota State Bison, on Saturday, Dec. 13, at the BlueCross BlueShield of Wyoming Shootout in Casper. The game is set to tip off at 1 p.m.