Missed Opportunities Doom Cowgirls Against Billikens

Dec. 20, 2008

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (6-4 overall) suffered a 74-59 loss against the Saint Louis Billikens (4-7 overall) on Saturday night in Laramie.

"I felt going into tonight's game that Saint Louis' quickness would be tough on us," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "I didn't think we did a great job handling the pressure. You take a look at the number of free throws and fouls where a key. The fouls were even but the foul shots weren't. It tells me that we weren't getting our feet set, getting good defensive position and we were fouling shooters.

"When we got the lead cut down to eight, it really magnified those missed free shots which could have cut into the lead."

Three Cowgirls finished the night in double figures led by senior Elisabeth Dissen. She finished with 15 points and four rebounds in her 26 minutes of play. Megan McGuffey and Kristen Scheffler each followed with 14 points apiece. Emma Langford was the leading rebounder with seven. Wyoming shot 26-62 (.371) from the field and 6-24 (.250) from beyond the arc.

Three out of five starters finished the night in double-figures for Saint Louis. They were led by Theresa Lisch with 22 points and seven rebounds. Amanda Kemezys recorded 20 points and seven rebounds, while Heather King added 12. The Billikens shot 23-57 (.404) from the field and 23-27 (.852) from the charity stripe.

The two teams traded baskets in the early going of the game as Wyoming took a slight 6-5 advantage. A three-point field goal by Lisch gave the Billikens their first lead of the game, 8-6. Wyoming answered with a Hillary Carlson basket and free throw to pull them ahead by one, 9-8, unfortunately a 12-0 run by Saint Louis gave them a double-figure lead 20-9. After a four minute scoring drought by the Cowgirls a Langford basket would end it to make it 20-11. Two baskets by SLU helped them to a 24-11 advantage, but Wyoming responded by scoring eight of the next ten to pull within seven, 26-19. Another 5-1 run by Saint Louis extended their lead back to double-digits, 31-20. The Cowgirls continued to battle to again pull within seven, 31-24. The Billikens ran off the final nine points of the half to take a 40-26 lead into the lockerroom.

The Cowgirls would score the first basket out of the half, but two straight baskets by Saint Louis put them up 16, 44-29. Wyoming answered with five of the next seven points to make it 46-33. Eight unanswered by the Billikens gave them a 54-33 advantage as the Cowgirls went over two minutes without scoring. With the score 59-37 in favor of SLU, Wyoming tried to chip away at the lead with a 7-0 run to make it a 15 point lead, 59-44. After a free throw and basket by Saint Louis, Wyoming scored another seven straight to pull within 11, 62-51 and they weren't done as they made it an eight point game, 64-56, with six minutes to go in the game. Unfortunately, the Billikens would out score then 10-5 down the stretch to earn the 74-59 victory.

Wyoming will play one final game on the road before heading off for the conference break. They will take on the Gonzaga Bulldogs, on Monday, Dec. 22, in Spokane, Wash.