Dec. 22, 2008
SPOKANE, Wash. -
In another game that was plagued by turnovers, the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (6-5 overall) fell by 29 points, 67-38, to the Gonzaga Bulldogs (11-3 overall) on Monday night in Spokane. It was the Cowgirls final game before the Christmas break.
"I knew that when we made this schedule that this particular game would be tough, especially on the road," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "Outside of Megan, we really struggled shooting the ball. This group of freshmen are better shooters than that, but I think they really go caught up in the environment. It was a great game and effort by senior Megan McGuffey. She did a great job on both sides of the ball despite being in foul trouble."
Megan McGuffey led all scorers for Wyoming with 17 points along with seven rebounds. She was followed by Hillary Carlson with six points and Emma Langford added five. The Cowgirls struggled shooting 15-56 (.268) from the field and 1-20 (.005) from beyond the arc, while committing 24 turnovers.
The Bulldogs were led by Heather Bowman with 19 points and seven rebounds. Janelle Bekkering recorded 11 points, while Vivian Frieson added ten. Gonzaga shot 23-69 (.333) from the field and 21-28 (.750) from the free throw line.
Gonzaga took a small 4-0 lead to begin the game as it took the Cowgirls almost three minutes before a McGuffey basket got them on the board. The Bulldogs answered back by scoring the next eight of ten points to gain an eight point advantage,,12-4. A three-point play by Emma Langford pulled them to within five, 12-7, unfortunately Gonzaga ran off 11 straight points to get their lead to double-figures, 23-7. Wyoming went another six minutes as it took a McGuffey three-point field goal to end the drought. It didn't get much better down the stretch as they were held to just one point in the final four minutes and Gonzaga only increased the lead to 22, 35-13, going into the locker room.
The second half seemed to start off on the right note as Randi Richardson hit the first basket to make it a 20 point game, 35-15. A 9-4 run by Gonzaga extended their lead back to 24, 44-20. From that point on, the game was never within reach as the Cowgirls continued to struggle from the field and with turnovers. The Bulldogs led by as many as 32 as they went on to the 67-38 victory.
Wyoming will resume play following the Christmas break as they host the Adams State Grizzlies, on Tuesday, December 30. The game is set to tip off at 7 p.m.