Wyoming Basketball Earns Win Over Lady Bulldogs

Dec. 30, 2010

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (9-3 overall) defeated the Montana Western Lady Bulldogs (4-8 overall), 69-53, in an exhibition game on Thursday night in Rock Springs.

Three Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures led by Aubrey Vandiver. She recorded a double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds. She was followed by Hillary Carlson with 14 points and six boards, while Randi Richardson with 13. Wyoming shot 29-62 (.468) from the field and finished with 20 assists.

Montana Western was led by Nichole Tams with 15 points in 28 minutes of play, while Samantha Bignell added 14 points. They were led in rebounding by Brooke Zeiler and Hayley Pettit with seven. The Bulldogs were shot 23-61 (.377) from the field and out rebounded the Cowgirls 43 to 32.

"The atmosphere in Rock Springs was tremendous," said head coach Joe Legerski. "When 1,400 fans show up with a blizzard outside and the roads are closed just says so much about the Wyoming fan base. To be able to come back to Rock Springs, the crowd was energized from the first moment we stepped on the floor. We had people stay and get autographs. The Cowgirls played well led by Hillary and Aubrey. Randi knocked down some big shots in the second half, so I couldn't be more pleased with this game."

Montana Western jumped out to an early 4-0 lead to begin the game. The Cowgirls would answer with seven straight to go up 7-4 through the first media timeout. Out of the break, Wyoming scored the next six points to extend the lead to nine, 13-4. The Bulldogs went almost five minutes without scoring. That would start a 6-0 run by Montana Western to bring them to within three, 13-10. The Cowgirls responded with a 10-4 run to give them a 23-14 advantage. They would then run off the next six points to pull ahead by 15, 29-14. The teams played even in the final minutes of the half as Wyoming took a 38-22 lead into the lockerroom.

The Cowgirls built the lead to 23, 48-25, out of the break with a 10-3 run. A small run by Montana Western brought the score to within 20, 48-28. Wyoming would score the next seven of nine to regain a 27-point lead, 55-28. The Lady Bulldogs kept battling as they went on a 14-7 run to close the gap to 62-42 with 7:25 remaining in the game. Despite being out scored 11-7 the remainder of the way, Wyoming went on to the 69-53 victory.

The Cowgirls will start Mountain West Conference play next week as they host the Colorado State Rams in their opener. The game is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 5, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Laramie.