Cowgirls knocked out of MWC Tournament by Lobos

Pretty bad day for Wyoming basketball Wednesday. The men lost to TCU 70-61 in the play-in game for the third time in the last four years, and a few hours later the women were upset by 13-17 New Mexico in the quarterfinals 67-61.

Senior post Hillary Carlson teared up in the postgame interview session and  had to gather herself. UW just didn’t play well. It didn’t shoot well and the Lobos went on a 15-5 run to start the second half.

To UW’s credit it made a run of its own. It cut the lead to 59-56 with 3:37 to play. But that was as close as the Cowgirls would get.

An offensive foul on senior Aubrey Vandiver with less than a minute to play ended any hopes of a UW rally.

“It’s not about one call. It never is one way or the other,” Legerski said. … “It didn’t go our way. Move on.”

Vandiver was called for technical foul as she exchanged some pleasantries with freshman guard Jasmine Patterson. UW went on a 9-1 run after that. That seemed to spark the team.

“Well, we just came out with more energy, I guess,” Vandiver said. “We eliminated them on the boards. They didn’t get second opportunities during that run.”

Two stats that hurt UW: it allowed 20 points off 14 turnovers and allowed New Mexico 14 second-chance points.

Cowgirls are 22-8 and will play in the WNIT for the fourth time in the last six years. They will find out their opponent and bracket Monday night.

3 thoughts on “Cowgirls knocked out of MWC Tournament by Lobos

  1. So long Joe Legerski, enjoy your next stop on the basketball head coach trail. You did a pretty doggone good job in building this program, and wherever you end up next, even greater successes will occur. You’re a gentleman and a true leader. Geno Auriemma, Pat Summit, and others get the headlines, but you are just as good if not better. Going to a new school with a higher national profile and much greater resources than lonely and isolated Wyoming is going to get you to the top of the womens college basketball world. I can see you coaching a national champion school in the next several years. And you deserve it and all the glory, recognition, and honor that will come your way. Best wishes on a successful, prosperous, and happy future. You did well here at Wyoming and you will always be welcomed back and held in the highest esteem of coaches that led Wyoming athletes.

  2. I am thankfull Wyoming Basketball is over. Now that the waiting begins for “next season” what can we hope for. A coach that is going to make our program competitve? Do I buy season tickets again in hopes of a competitive season or do I stay home and persue other interests? What is our freshmen quarterback going to be like? Is it more rebuilding and we continue the years of struggle with the continued list of reasons why we are not competitive. What excitement will the new MWC bring to War Memorial Stadium. Will fans on the fence travel to see the new football teams? Time will tell, time will tell.

    • All good and fair questions. Hope answers come sooner than later. As always thanks for your interest and comments. Enjoy March Madness.


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