Dec. 21, 2010
MISSOULA, Mont. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (8-3 overall) opened up the week with a decisive 73-51 victory over the Montana Lady Griz (3-8 overall) on Tuesday night in Missoula. It's the first time in the series history that the Cowgirls have defeated Montana in Missoula.
Three Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures led by senior Hillary Carlson with 23 points and eight rebounds. She was followed by Aubrey Vandiver with 22 points and nine rebounds, while Jade Kennedy recorded a season high 15 points. Sophomore Chaundra Sewell led the team in rebounding with a career high ten. Wyoming was 28-52 (.538) from the field and 11-20 (.550) from beyond the arc, while out rebounding the Lady Griz, 36-31.
Montana shot 19-60 (.317) from the field and 5-17 (.294) from beyond the arc. They were led by Sarah Ena with ten points and five rebounds. Katie Baker added nine points, while two others chipped in five points.
"This is a difficult place to win at," said head coach Joe Legerski. "Outside of the first possession we gave up five offensive rebounds in the game, and I told the players that we needed to come up with some rebounds. After that, we really settled down and shot the ball extremely well. You look at some of the numbers, Hillary went 9-15 from the field, Aubrey shot 9-12 and Jade was 5-8 from the field, we played with such composure and there were a couple of plays with the shot clock winding down and nobody panicked, found the next player and hit the shot. I was really happy with this win."
The Cowgirls jumped out to a 7-0 lead to begin the game, while it took the Lady Griz almost four minutes to get on the board. UW scored four of the next six points to increase their advantage to seven, 11-4, through the first media timeout. That lead would grow to double-figures, 21-4, as Montana would go another several minutes without scoring. The Cowgirls continued to maintain their lead and would pull ahead by 20, 27-7. With the score 29-12 in favor of Wyoming, they would close out the half on an 8-5 run to take a 37-17 lead into the lockerroom.
Hillary Carlson led all scorers at the half with 17 points along with seven rebounds. She was followed by Aubrey Vandiver with ten points. Wyoming shot 14-28 (.500) from the field and 5-8 (.625) from beyond the arc. Montana was led by Katie Baker with five points, while three players recorded two rebounds each. The Lady Griz shot 7-30 (.233) from the field and 2-10 (.200) from beyond the arc.
The Lady Griz scored four of the first six points to cut in to the lead 39-21. Wyoming responded with ten straight points to pull ahead, 49-21, through the first media timeout. Montana would win the next four minutes with a 12-7 run to close the gap to 23, 56-33. A three-point field goal by Jade Kennedy and basket by Hillary Carlson ended the run to put UW back up 61-33. Wyoming's lead was never in jeopardy as they cruised to the 73-51 victory.
The Cowgirls will play their final game before the Christmas break on Thursday, Dec. 23, against the Utah State Aggies. The game is set for 2:00 p.m. in Logan.