Cowgirls Open Wyoming Shootout With Win Over Bison

Dec. 13, 2008

CASPER, Wyo. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (6-3 overall) earned a 68-51 victory over the North Dakota State Bison (4-4 overall) at the BlueCross Blue Shield of Wyoming Shootout, on Saturday afternoon, in Casper.

"It was a tremendous effort tonight," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "It's a five point ball game with three minutes to go and then Kristen Scheffler took over. She hit a three-point shot and we came back down the next two times and she gets a couple of two point baskets. She has that kind of ability. Overall, the effort was good by the team as well. Rebecca Vanderjagt had nine rebounds, Emma Langford had 21 points, Megan McGuffey was solid throughout the whole game and Elisabeth Dissen just battles. I could go on and on about how everyone contributes. We just talk about putting forth a good effort and this was a challenge for us on a neutral floor."

Three Cowgirls finished the night in double figures led by freshman Emma Langford. She recorded 21 points, four rebounds and three steals. Kristen Scheffler followed with 13 while Megan McGuffey added 12. Rebecca Vanderjagt had a team high nine rebounds. Wyoming shot 24-53 (.453) from the field, out rebounded the Bison 43-35, but committed 22 turnovers.

North Dakota State was led by Inger Hodgson with 17 points and nine rebounds, while Abby Plucker added ten points and seven rebounds. They were 19-61 (.311) from the field and 2-14 (.143) from beyond the arc.

North Dakota State scored the first basket of the game high which was answered with five straight from Wyoming to put them up 5-2. Jill Zaruba ended a three-minute scoring drought for the Bison, but two Langford baskets started an 8-1 run to give the Cowgirls a 13-5 lead. At the 12:45 mark, Katie Birkel hit a three-point shot for NDSU to pull them to within five, 13-8. Wyoming extended their lead to double-figures with 12 unanswered to make it 25-8. After a seven minute scoring drought for North Dakota State, they went on a 7-0 run cut into the lead, 27-15. Two free throws by Vanderjagt ended the run unfortunately the Bison would score the next seven of nine to make it a single-digit game, 29-22. The Cowgirls would close out the half with four straight points to take a 33-22 lead into the locker room.

NDSU came out strong to begin the second half with seven straight points to make it a four point game, 33-29. The Cowgirls would finally get on the board with two Elisabeth Dissen free throws which started a 6-0 run to make it a ten point lead, 39-29. The Bison continued to chip away at the Wyoming lead by scoring 9 of 13 to pull within six, 43-37. A small run by the Cowgirls gave them a 43-27 advantage and then both teams went cold. Birkel ended a three minute drought while McGuffey hit a field goal for Wyoming to make it 49-40. Two baskets by the Bison brought the game to within five, 49-44, but Wyoming answered with five straight to pull ahead by ten, 54-44. NDSU refused to go away as they chipped into the Cowgirl lead 54-59. Kristen Scheffler responded with seven of the next nine points to again make the lead 10, 61-51. Wyoming would score the final seven points while holding NDSU scoreless in the final two minutes to earn the 68-51 victory.

Wyoming will host the Saint Louis Billikens, Saturday, Dec. 20. The game is set to start at 6 p.m. in the Arena Auditorium.