University of Wyoming senior guard Audrey Vandiver made sure Saturday afternoonâ€™s womenâ€™s basketball game was more of a Border Massacre than a Border War.
Vandiver scored a career-high 35 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Cowgirls to a commanding 74-55 win at Moby Arena.
Only BYUâ€™s Jimmer Fredette has scored more points in Moby Arena this season, when he dropped 42 in the menâ€™s game last month.
â€œShe basically beat us on her own,â€ said junior guard Kim Mestdagh of Vandiver.
Vandiver, who played high school basketball not far from the University of Wyoming campus in Laramie, Wyo., shot nearly 77 percent from the floor and made four-of-six from long range.
â€œ(Vandiver) was unflappable today,â€ CSU head coach Kristen Holt said. â€œWe just didnâ€™t have an answer for her.â€
Both teams scored 33 points in the second half and shot over 50 percent, but a slow start by the Rams doomed their chances.
The Rams trailed by as many as 22 after a 9-0 run by the Cowgirls late in the first half.
â€œWhen teams go on runs it affects us in a pretty bad way,â€ freshman guard Hayley Thompson said. â€œMentally everyone lost confidence.â€
Holt was disappointed with the way her team responded to the slow start.
â€œWe seemed youthful in the way we reacted to adversity,â€ coach Holt added.
Wyoming led 41-22 at halftime, hitting 6-of-12 from beyond the three-point line to get separation in the first half.
CSU led early after scoring the gameâ€™s first four points, and kept the game close until the Cowgirls took a 12-11 lead they would never relinquish.
Mestdagh led the Rams with 18 points â€“â€“ 14 of which came in the second halfÂÂÂÂ â€“â€“ but fouled out with 4:10 left in the game.
â€œIt certainly affects us when (Mestdagh)â€™s not in there,â€ Holt said.
Freshman forward Sam Martin scored 12 points, but did most of her damage in the opening half, only scoring two points in the final 10 minutes.
CSU only got to the foul line five times during the game.
â€œWe know when we penetrate it really helps us,â€ Thompson said. â€œWe took a lot of outside shots and us bigs didnâ€™t crash the offensive boards.â€
The loss ends the Ramsâ€™ three-game winning streak, which was their longest of the season. The team now gets the week off before traveling to New Mexico for a game on Saturday afternoon.
Womenâ€™s basketball Beat Reporter Kyle Grabowski can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.