Feb. 8, 2011
Lobo Women's Basketball - At Wyoming
Tuesday: Wyoming 78, Lobos 65
By Richard Stevens - Senior Writer / GoLobos.com
There are several stat lines that emphasize why the Wyoming Cowgirls scored 78 points and the Lobos scored only 65 Tuesday night in Laramie.
You could point to Wyoming shooting 52.9 percent from the floor or 48.1 percent from the 3-point line. You could point to Wyoming tossing out 24 assists to only ten for the Lobos, a stat that reflects how well the Cowgirls ran their offense in order to produce high-percentage shots.
But Lobo coach Don Flanagan also gave a whole lot of credit to a Cowgirl gunslinger named Aubrey Vandiver, who shot out a stat line like Annie Oakley shooting tin cans with a double-barreled shotgun.
"I had three different players on her and she still gets 28," said Flanagan, who saw his Lobos drop to 8-13 and 2-7 in the Mountain West race. "Not only does she have 28 points, but she breaks the press."
Vandiver's game-high 28 points were accented by 10 rebounds and four assists in 40 minutes of good work. She went 9-of-16 from the floor and 6-of-9 from long range. She wasn't the only sharpshooter taking true aim over the Lobos.
Wyoming's Jade Kennedy poured in 23 points going 7-of-11 from 3-point range. The Cowgirls shot 13-of-27 from behind the line which wasn't much better than UNM's 10-of-23. Wyoming also went 11-of-16 from the line to 3-of-4 for UNM. There was more discrepancy at that spot.
"We did all right. I'm not that disappointed," said Flanagan. "We played a very good team and we played very well. We hung in for about 37 minutes. We just got to a point where we couldn't stop them."
It was a game for maybe 80 percent of the way, with the last 20 percent leaning too much toward the home team.
The Lobos fell behind 9-2 and 20-13, and then grabbed a 26-23 lead on a 3-pointer by Porche Torrance. Wyoming went into the half clutching a 28-26 lead. The Cowgirls opened the first half with a Kennedy trey and closed the half with a Kennedy trey. Those treys kept coming.
The two teams played seesaw with the lead for the first eight minutes of the second half The Lobos' last lead came at 44-43 on a jumper by Amanda Best with 12:41 to play. Wyoming then drifted into a 56-49 lead on a Hillary Carlson post move plus another point at the free-throw line.
The Cowgirls then got a trey from Vandiver and a layup off a baseline drive by Chaundra Sewell to make it 61-49. A Kennedy trey, her 23rd point of the game, threw the Lobos in a huge 66-53 hole with 5:35 to play.
That was simply too much of a climb for the Lobos to make on the road, in Laramie, against a disciplined Wyoming team that was hitting its treys and its free throws.
Another trey by Vandiver followed by a Carlson jumper bolted Wyoming into a 71-55 lead with 3:20 to go and Wyoming cruised in for the 13-point win. Carlson ended with 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting.
"It was a heck of a battle," said Flanagan. "They executed their offense better than we did."
The Cowgirls' second half shooting display was impressive. It was a product of good shots going in off of good offense. Wyoming shot 64.3 percent from the floor in the second half and 72.7 percent (6-of-10) from behind the line.
A lot of the Wyoming long bombs came off penetration, kicks outs, and go od ball movement. "They gave themselves some pretty good looks," said Flanagan.
UNM did pretty much the same to shoot 50 percent in the second half and 66.7 percent (6-of-9) from behind the line. The Lobos got 17 points from Jasmine Patterson, 14 from Best and 10 from Caroline Durbin. Torrance had eight boards to pace UNM in that category.
"We're getting better," said Flanagan. "We're making progress and we're improving." The Lobos return to The Pit Saturday for a 2 p.m. run with Colorado State.