Dec. 5, 2009
PULLMAN, Wash. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (7-1 overall) suffered their first defeat of the season with a 13-point loss, 63-50, to the Washington State Cougars (3-4 overall), on Saturday afternoon in Pullman, Wash.
"I thought we didn't make very many shots in the first half," said head coach Joe Legerski. "We came out and shot 20 percent from the field and went 0-7 from beyond the arc. We had some good looks at the basket, but the ball just didn't go down. Washington State came out and applied some pressure that we haven't seen all year, which you can't simulate in practice. It makes you rush a little when you don't need to. In the second half, we played with a little more composure and didn't have to rush every shot. We came out and changed up a bit and cut the lead to seven. You have to give Washington State credit they would have an answer on every score which didn't allow us to gain any ground on the lead."
Three Cowgirls finished the day in double-figures led by junior Aubrey Vandiver. She recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds. She was followed by Emma Langford with ten points and nine rebounds, while Randi Richardson added ten points and four steals. Wyoming shot 18-55 (.327) from the field and were out rebounded 43-39.
"Aubrey really came out to compete tonight," Legerski added. "She led us in scoring and rebounding, and not only that she was on the floor for 39 minutes. The game tonight was extremely tight. You had to pull down every rebound and make every shot."
Washington State was led by Jazmine Perkins with a game high 17 points and six rebounds, while April Cook added 16 points. They shot 20-61 (.328) from the field and 15-19 (.789) from the charity stripe.
Wyoming would score the first basket of the game, which was answered by a three-point field goal by the Cougars to make it 3-2. The Cowgirls came back with four of six to take a one point lead, 6-5, through the first media timeout. Washington State answered with five straight points to gain a four point advantage, 10-6. The Cowgirls went cold as they went scoreless for over five minutes until an Emma Langford jumper ended the drought. They would score the next four of six to even it up at 12 all. Unfortunately, the Cougars responded with a 15-0 run to extend their lead to double-figures, 27-12. The Cowgirls went another seven minutes before a Randi Richardson basket stopped the run and made it 27-14 going into the lockerroom.
Out of the break, the Cowgirls came out and went on an 8-2 run to chip into the lead and made it 29-22. A three-point field goal by the Cougars started a 9-3 run to extend the lead back to 13, 38-25. The two teams would play pretty even for the next couple of minutes until five points by WSU put them up 19, 47-28. Randi Richardson would hit a three-point field which ended a three minute scoring drought for Wyoming. Unfortunately, it didn't get much better for the Cowgirls as they couldn't seem to gain any ground on the Cougars. They would pull to within 11, 59-48, with a little under two minutes to go in the game, but couldn't mount a comeback as they fell 63-50.
Wyoming will host the Dakota State Trojans, on Saturday, Dec. 12, at the BlueCross BlueShield of Wyoming Shootout in Casper. The game is set to tip off at 1:00 p.m. from the Casper Events Center.