Cowgirls Fall to Broncos, 73-67

Dec. 31, 2009

BOISE, Idaho -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team (9-3 overall) closed out the non-conference season with a tough 73-67 loss against the Boise State Broncos (11-3 overall), on Thursday afternoon, in Boise, Idaho.

"We made some key mistakes against a very good Boise State team tonight," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "We gave up too many offensive rebounds and you can survive a night like that when you are doing other things well but we struggled in some areas. We also didn't shoot that well from the free throw line, so it really compounds the problem. When you add those things up it gives your opponent too many advantages. It's always difficult to lose but I saw a lot of progress from this group. We had our chances down the stretch unfortunately we didn't have a couple of shots go our way."

Wyoming was led by Aubrey Vandiver who recorded a career high 29 points, along with 11 rebounds. It's her eighth double-double of the season. She was followed by Hillary Carlson with 11 points and five boards. The Cowgirls shot 24-60 (.400) from the field and 10-20 (.500) from the free throw line.

"Aubrey was excellent tonight with 29 points and 11 rebounds. She single handedly kept us in the game and you just keep asking more of her. We talked about going to the bench a little bit more and trying to keep us fresh, but it's difficult to keep a player like her off the floor. We just need to have other players be able to step up and help her out."

Boise State was led by Tasha Harris with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Jessica Van Hoogen added 15 points. They shot 25-65 (.385) from the field and out rebounded the Cowgirls 51-34.

The Cowgirls would jump out early with a three-point field goal by Aubrey Vandiver, but Boise State responded with five straight points to go up 5-3. A five-point run by Wyoming quickly gave them the lead back, 8-5. A basket by the Broncos evened it all up at eight, which was answered by the Cowgirls scoring the next seven of ten to regain a four-point advantage, 15-11. BSU came right back with a 7-2 run to take an 18-17 lead with just over 12 minutes left in the half. Another 8-2 run by Wyoming would give them a seven point advantage, 27-20. After a Boise State timeout, they would come out and score the next 14 straight to take a seven point lead, 34-27. The Cowgirls went almost four minutes before an Emma Langford basket ended their scoring drought and would start a 6-0 run to pull them to within one, 34-33. Unfortunately, the Broncos closed out the half by scoring seven of ten points to take a 43-36 lead into the locker room.

Boise State came out and scored six of the first seven points to regain a double-figure lead, 49-37. A three-point field goal by Kristen Scheffler closed the gap to nine, 49-40, through the first media timeout. Unfortunately, two quick baskets and a pair of free throws by the Broncos put them back up 55-40. Aubrey Vandiver would hit a basket to end an almost five minute scoring drought, which would start an 11-2 run to pull them to within six, 57-51 with just over nine minutes left in the game. Boise State would respond with two three-point field goals to give them a 12-point advantage, 63-51. The Cowgirls answered with a couple of baskets to make it an eight point game, but the Broncos extended the lead back to 14. Wyoming made one final push with a nine point run to close the margin to five, 69-64. Unfortunately, their comeback would fall short as they would fall 73-67.

The Cowgirls will begin the 2010 Mountain West Conference season on Tuesday, Jan. 5, against the Colorado State Rams. The game is set for 6 p.m. in Ft. Collins.