LARAMIE, Wyo. — In their third matchup of the season, the BYU women's basketball team defeated the Wyoming Cowgirls 67-63 on Thursday.
A rebound and put-back from Jazmine Foreman, with 20 seconds left on the clock, gave BYU a two-point advantage and led them to an eventual 67-63 victory in Laramie. Subsequent free-throws from Haley Hall and Coriann Wood padded the final score to advance the Cougars to the WNIT quarterfinals.
"This is a great win for our program," said BYU head coach Jeff Judkins. "It's going to go down as one of the top wins for me. It was a great team effort. I tried to sub as much as I could to keep everyone fresh on the court."
Wood finished the game leading the Cougars with 18 points, going 4-4 from beyond the arc to tie her season- and career-high.
"Coriann played very, very well tonight," Judkins said. "She did a great all-around job for us."
Mindy Bonham and Foreman were the other two players to record double-digits for the Cougars. Bonham finished with 11 points while Foreman added 12 of her own.
The Cougars took a quick lead against the Cowgirls with some help from three of its starters.
Foreman started the game off with a swift 3-pointer followed by a put-back from Keilani Moeaki in the very next possession. A 3-4 performance from the charity stripe for the Cowgirls was followed by a fastbreak layup from Bonham to give the Cougars a 7-3 lead in the first five minutes of play.
Six minutes away from the halftime whistle, the Cougars went on a 14-0 run to carry them through 21/2 minutes of play, bring them back from being behind and give them a 32-26 lead.
The Cougars would keep the lead as they headed into the locker room up 34-32. They are now 21-2 in the season when they lead their opponent at the half.
The largest lead of the game for BYU came in the second half by 10 points with a 48-38 lead after seven minutes of second half action.
BYU shot 53.3 percent from beyond the arc in the victory compared to Wyoming's 37.5 percent. The Cougars are now 14-4 on the season when they outrebound their opponent after outrebounding the Cowgirls 32-29 in Thursday's matchup.
Aubrey Vandiver led the Cowgirls with 20 points followed by teammates Hillary Carlson and Emma Langford with 18 and 15 points, respectively. Vandiver also recorded 11 rebounds.
Wyoming and BYU split the regular season of the 2009-10 campaign in the Mountain West Conference with both teams winning on their home courts.
The Cougars will play the winner of California/Oregon in the quarterfinals of the 2010 WNIT tournament.