Dec. 12, 2009
CASPER, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team moved to 8-1 overall with a 102-54 victory over the Dakota State Trojans, on Saturday, in Casper.
"I was very pleased with our effort today," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "We didn't have a lot of practice time this week because of it being finals week. We talked about being focused, which I thought we were throughout the game. We did a good job moving the basketball. We found Hillary (Carlson) on the inside, she has 26 points, and then they collapsed on us which opened it up on the perimeter. Kristen Scheffler did a great job for us off the bench by going 7-11 from the field and 4-7 from beyond the arc. Both of our point guards, Randi Richardson and Bec Campigli, played extremely well with 16 of our 31 assists."
Four Cowgirls finished the game in double-figures led by junior Hillary Carlson. She recorded a season high 26 points along with nine rebounds and two blocks. Kristen Scheffler recorded a season high 21 points while shooting 4-7 from beyond the arc, while Emma Langford added 16 points. Aubrey Vandiver had her fifth double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Wyoming shot 39-76 (.513) from the field and 14-31 (.452) from beyond the arc. The 14 three-point field goals made tied for the most in a single-game.
The Trojans were led by Lashonda Martin with ten points. Three players recorded eight points. Donna Lavea had a team high nine rebounds. Dakota State shot 20-55 (.364) from the field, but committed 18 turnovers.
Dakota State took an early 4-2 lead to begin the game. Wyoming answered with nine points to take their first lead of the game, 11-4. The Trojans would go over three minutes before a field goal would end their scoring drought. The Cowgirls would extend their lead to double figures with a 10-4 run to make it 21-10. Over the next several minutes, Wyoming continued to maintain their advantage until Dakota State scored six of eight to pull within nine, 30-21. Wyoming responded with eight straight points to regain a 17-point lead, 38-21. The two teams played evenly to close out the half as the Cowgirls took a 48-30 lead into the lockerroom.
A 7-3 run by the Cowgirls to begin the second half extended the lead to 23, 56-33. A couple of baskets by the Trojans brought them to within 19, 56-37. That's as close as they would get as the Cowgirls continued to increase their lead over the remainder of the game. They would win easily by the final score 102-54.
The Cowgirls will host two games next weekend before taking off for the Christmas break. They will take on the Weber State Wildcats, on Friday, Dec. 18, and the Oregon Ducks, on Sunday, Dec. 20.