Dec. 18, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (7-3 overall) closed out the weekend with a 63-43 victory over the Washington State Cougars (2-9 overall) on Saturday afternoon in Laramie.
Two Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures led by senior Aubrey Vandiver. She recorded her fourth straight double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. She also added five assists in her 39 minutes of play. Hillary Carlson added 25 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots. Wyoming was 24-56 (.429) from the field, while out rebounding the Cougars 47- to 37.
Washington State was led by Hana Potter with ten points and four rebounds. Ireti Amojo and Katie Madison each added six points each. Three players led the way with five rebounds each. The Cougars shot 19-65 (.292) from the field and 1-12 (.083) from beyond the arc.
"We talked to the players that you have to compete and we had a difficult loss on Wednesday," said head coach Joe Legerski. "That you have to move on from and come out and play again. It's a much happier team today, because the same grit, determination and play for 40 minutes was there. As a coach that's what I'm happy about. Sometimes winning may mask things you need to work on but effort is always apparent, which I was thought happened. Hillary and Aubrey once again led the way. There is no doubt that when those two step out on the floor what you will get. I also thought we had some contributions by Rebecca Campigli, Chaundra Sewell and Jade Kennedy that were tremendous."
The Cowgirls jumped out to an early 7-2 lead, which was answered with six straight by Washington State to give them their first lead of the game, 8-7. Hillary Carlson scored the next eight points for Wyoming over the next several minutes to give the Cowgirls a 15-8 advantage through the second media timeout. With the score 17-8 in favor of UW, a basket by Hana Potter would end a five minute drought by the Cougars. They would hit another basket to close the gap to five, 17-12, but two straight baskets by Aubrey Vandiver put the Cowgirl lead back to nine, 21-12. A 9-4 run from WSU pulled them to within four, 25-21, with just under six minutes in the half. Hillary Carlson would hit a basket to end the run to make it 27-21. That would start a 12-2 run to close out the half and give them a 37-23 advantage going in to the locker room.
Washington State pulled to within 11, 39-28, with a 5-2 run to begin the second half. The Cowgirls would extend the lead back to 14, 46-32, by scoring 7 of the next 11 points. After that, the Cowgirls went over four minutes without scoring until an Aubrey Vandiver three-point field goal made it, 49-34. The Cougars made a push with a 6-3 run to close the margin to 12, 52-40. The Cowgirls answered with seven straight to extend it back to 19, 59-40. After a Cougar basket with five and a half minutes to go in the game, Wyoming would hold them to just one free throw in the remainder of the way to go on to the 63-43 victory.
The Cowgirls will head out on the road for two final games before the Christmas break. They will travel to Missoula, Mont. to face the Montana Lady Griz, on Tuesday, Dec. 21 and the Utah State Aggies, on Thursday, Dec. 23, in Logan, Utah. The Montana game is set for 7:00 p.m. while the game against Utah State is set for a 2:00 p.m. tipoff.