Feb. 17, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. --- The Wyoming Cowgirls shot 50.9 percent from the field and hit 11 3-pointers in a 78-55 victory over New Mexico Wednesday in the Arena Auditorium. The shooting woes continued for the Lobos as they hit only 20 of their 72 shots.
UNM dropped its third straight game and fell to 14-10 overall. The Lobos are 6-6 in the Mountain West Conference with four games left in the regular season. Wyoming improved to 10-1 at home and 16-8 on the year. The Cowgirls are undefeated at home during conference play and have a 7-5 league record.
The Cowgirls hit nine of their first 14 shots and led by as many as 11 points at 31-20 in the first half. Wyoming shot 50 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes but UNM was not discouraged.
The Lobos continued to fight from behind while using a deep bench. UNM used 12 of its 13 active players in the first half. Senior Georonika Jackson, who started in place of Amy Beggin, had a strong first half scoring six points while senior Eileen Weissmann added five of her eight total points. The Lobos had eight different players score in the opening half. UNM starters combined for 22 of the team's 30 points.
The difference in the first half was shooting. Wyoming hit 15-of-30 shots while New Mexico made just 12-of-38 field goals.
Wyoming stretched its lead to 43-30 in the first four minutes of the second half. The game started to get away from UNM before Jackson drained a Lobo 3-pointer from the top of the key and made it 43-33 Cowgirls with 15:35 left. New Mexico opened the final 20 minutes shooting 1-of-8 and fell behind despite having five more shots than Wyoming.
The Cowgirls continued to expand their second-half lead. Wyoming jumped out to a 55-36 lead at the 11:46 mark and raced to the 23-point MWC win.
Jackson had the only six points for New Mexico in the first 12 minutes of the second half. Jackson hit two 3-pointers before sophomore Sara Halasz nailed a jumper at the 8:01 mark. At that point, Wyoming had slipped away, 60-38.
The Lobos made a 10-3 run mid-way through the second half, but poor shooting proved fatal. New Mexico never got closer than 65-48. Wyoming cruised to an easy 78-55 win.
Jackson led UNM in scoring with 14 points while Halasz had 10.
Hillary Carlson had 23 points for Wyoming and led all scorers. The Cowgirls had four players in double figures. Carlson nailed three 3-pointers while Jade Kennedy hit four. Kennedy had 12 of her 14 points in the second half. Wyoming outscored New Mexico, 42-25, in the final period.
The Lobos set a new school record with three turnovers Wednesday. The previous record was six set four times with the last at BYU earlier this year.
Beggin missed her second straight game due to an injury. Beggin is expected to return Saturday at Air Force.
The Lobos will travel to Colorado Springs, Colo., Saturday to face Air Force (3-21, 0-11). The game Saturday will tip at 2 p.m. MT.