Cow­girls End Reg­u­lar Sea­son 3rd in MWC

Sat­ur­day marked the end of the reg­u­lar sea­son for the Wyoming Cow­girls. Since it was senior night it was more emo­tion­al than usu­al. Before the game all four seniors were hon­ored. The AA had more than 4900 peo­ple who gave each senior a stand­ing ova­tion. Although every­body was hap­py to hon­or Ran­di, Jade, Hillary and Aubrey they were all sad that these four girls are fin­ish­ing their careers at Wyoming. Senior night is always a day of mixed emo­tions but one thing nev­er changes, every­body always wants a win. Unfor­tu­nate­ly for the Cow­girls they host­ed con­fer­ence lead­ing BYU their last game.

The game start­ed a lit­tle rough with Hillary pick­ing up a quick foul send­ing Ham­son to the line where she made both shots. Jade quick­ly answered with a layup to tie the game. BYU then went on a 17–3 run which is not some­thing that usu­al­ly hap­pens to the Cow­girls at home. Wyoming did not give up at this point and pre­vent­ed the Cougars from scor­ing for almost sev­en min­utes while putting up 12 points. This 12 point run got the Cow­girls with­in two points but BYU will not miss for­ev­er. The Cougars start­ed scor­ing again but it was alright since the Cow­girls stayed with them. With 3:18 left in the half Hillary made two free throws to get the team with­in one. Then with 2:44 left Aubrey made a layup giv­ing the Cow­girls the lead but it did not last long. Hall drained a three to go back up by two. BYU end­ed the half on an 8–2 run giv­ing them a five point half­time lead. The sec­ond half start­ed with Hillary mak­ing a three which was the team’s first shot from deep. A minute lat­er Aubrey made the sec­ond bas­ket in the half to tie the game with a layup.BYU is a good team and the play by the Cow­girls had them a lit­tle wor­ried so they start­ed to step it up a notch. For the Cow­girls this was not good as it would be the last tie of the game and BYU took over. Wyoming con­tin­ued to play hard keep­ing the deficit under ten for the major­i­ty of the half. With 6:34 left in the half BYU took a ten point lead which got worse with time. Free throws got it back down to eight twice but after the sec­ond time BYU ran away with the game. With the game out of reach Wyoming took the starters out giv­ing the crowd a chance to hon­or the seniors one last time. As the seniors left the court the fans gave them all anoth­er stand­ing ova­tion. The game end­ed with Wyoming down 16 but it was clos­er than their last meet­ing.

This was not the best game for the Cow­girls but foul trou­ble was part of the rea­son for that. Chaun­dra end­ed the game with four fouls and jade fin­ished with three. Even though both play­ers were on the floor 39 min­utes they had to play less aggres­sive so they could stay in the game. BYU faced foul trou­ble as well since the offi­cials were keep­ing play clean. With the tal­ent both teams have it was impor­tant to keep the game clean to pre­vent the rival­ry from get­ting out of hand. Aubrey and Hillary had big games on senior night, these two play­ers account­ed for 30 of the teams points. Hillary had 14 points, five rebounds, two assists and two blocks. It would have been nice for Aubrey to end the sea­son with anoth­er dou­ble-dou­ble but she came up a lit­tle short. She still had a good game with 16 points, sev­en rebounds, four assists and two steals. Even with Chaun­dra get­ting into foul trou­ble she still had nine points and six rebounds.

BYU is a good all around team which means they are good on both sides of the ball. The final stats show that their defense was tough. The Cow­girls had more assists but they were forced to make their own shots more than usu­al. Anoth­er thing that stood out was that the Cow­girls did not shoot the ball as well as they usu­al­ly do. They were held to 0–11 from deep in the first half and 2–19 on the game. The Cow­girls usu­al­ly do real­ly well shoot­ing the ball from three point land so it is sur­pris­ing that BYU pre­vent­ed them from hit­ting these shots. BYU shot the ball bet­ter from all places on the floor which it is uncom­mon for a vis­i­tor to shoot the ball bet­ter than the Cow­girls in the AA. Shoot­ing per­cents was one of the biggest fac­tors in this game since Wyoming kept most of the stats close. All in all the Cow­girls did pret­ty well in this game; even though they did not win they played tough they just had a bad shoot­ing night.

The Cow­girls end­ed the reg­u­lar sea­son 22–7 over­all and 12–4 in MWC play. The Moun­tain West has nine teams and although Wyoming had four loss­es they came to only two teams. This was a good sea­son for the Cow­girls as they end the reg­u­lar sea­son in third place in the MWC. BYU is leav­ing the con­fer­ence at the end of the sea­son which will give Wyoming a bet­ter chance to end high­er next sea­son. TCU who gave Wyoming their only oth­er two con­fer­ence loss­es will be leav­ing after next sea­son which means in two years the Cow­girls will have a great chance to dom­i­nate MWC play. No mat­ter how the reg­u­lar sea­son is looked at Wyoming had a great year, more than 20 wins and only three loss­es at home. The Cow­girls will get a first round bye in the con­fer­ence tour­na­ment giv­ing them a bet­ter chance to advance. With the final tour­na­ment seed­ing the Cow­girls will have a chance to face both teams that beat them. They will face TCU in their sec­ond game and if they make it to the cham­pi­onship game they could be fac­ing BYU again. It is hard to beat a good team three times in a sea­son which means the Cow­girls have a chance to win it all.