Wyoming Basketball Dominates Aggies

Dec. 23, 2010

LOGAN, Utah -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (9-3 overall) won their third straight game with a 30-point victory, 80-50, over the Utah State Aggies (6-6 overall) on Thursday afternoon in Logan.

Two Cowgirls finished the night with double-doubles led by senior Aubrey Vandiver. She recorded 18 points, 12 rebounds and five assists. Sophomore Chaundra Sewell finished with 12 points and a career high ten rebounds. Hillary Carlson added 24 points and four rebounds. Wyoming shot 32-66 (.485) from the field, 11-21 (.524) from beyond the arc and 5-6 (.833) from the free throw line. They also out rebounded the Aggies 47-35.

Utah State was led by Ashlee Brown with 12 points and eight rebounds. She was followed by Alice Coddington with 14 points. The Aggies shot 20-67 (.299) from the field and 3-16 (.188) from beyond the arc.

"I was pleased with our execution," said head coach Joe Legerski. "With every opponent, there is something different and we have to make adjustments. Utah State ran a 1-3-1, then a 2-3 and tried to trap. We put in a little different set to work around that. We put Chaundra Sewell in a position to make decisions and she had five assists. Everyone just looked for the next pass and that's how you get 28 assists on 32 baskets. It's moving the basketball.

"The biggest thing for Chaundra is on the glass. It's her second night of getting double-digit rebounds, six offensive boards, it's just a tremendous effort from her. She is really turning into a good basketball player. We moved her from inside to defending the perimeter."

Utah State would get on the board first as they took an early 7-2 advantage. A layup by Chaundra Sewell would end the run and the Cowgirls would score the next basket to pull within four, 10-6. The Aggies scored the next basket to give them a six point lead, 12-6. Wyoming responded with eight of the next ten points to tie it up at 14 all. They would take their first lead of the game with seven straight points to make it 21-14. Utah State's Banna Diop would end a six minute drought for the Aggies. A 9-2 run from the Cowgirls extended the lead to double-figures, 30-18, with a little over five minutes left in the half. USU hit a couple of free throws to close the gap to ten points, 30-20. UW scored the final 10 of 14 points to close out the half to take a 40-24 lead into the lockerroom.

Hillary Carlson led all scorers at halftime with 12 points along with three blocked shots. Aubrey Vandiver followed with 11 points and seven rebounds, while Chaundra Sewell also added a team high seven rebounds. Wyoming shot 16-38 (.421) from the field and 6-13 (.462) from the three-point line. Utah State was led by Alice Coddington with eight points while Banna Diop added six points and three rebounds. Two players finished with a team high five rebounds. The Aggies were 10-32 (.313) from the field and just 2-9 (.222) from beyond the arc.

The Aggies would score the first basket out of the halftime break, which was answered with five straight points by the Cowgirls to put them up 45-26. Wyoming would extend that lead to 30, 58-28, as Utah State went over seven minutes without scoring. Jenna Johnson would end the drought which would start a 9-0 run to narrow the margin to 21, 58-37. The Cowgirls answered with five of the next seven to regain a 26-point advantage, 65-39. Utah State was never able to make a run at Wyoming as the Cowgirls went on to the 30-point victory, 80-50.

The Cowgirls will return to action on Thursday, December 30. They will take on the Montana Western Lady Bulldogs in Rock Springs, Wyo.