Jan. 4, 2003
Laramie, Wyoming - In dominating fashion, the Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team improved their record to 8-3 overall after a 69-44 victory over the Idaho State Bengals (4-7 overall), on Saturday afternoon in Laramie.
Wyoming jumped out early in this one by hitting the first basket of the game and opening up a 6-2 lead. Idaho State closed within two, but then went on a two six minute scoring droughts in the half to fall behind 31-10 as the Cowgirls outscored them 25-6. A small run in the final minutes of the half helped the Bengals close the gap, but Wyoming would still take a double-digit lead into halftime, 40-21.
Defense was a big key in the half as Idaho State was held to 17% (5-30) shooting from the field and 11 turnovers, while the Cowgirls shot 16-31 (.516) from the field and 7-10 (.700) from the charity stripe. Leading scorers for the Cowgirls were Ann McColl and Carrie Bacon with eight, while McColl was also the leading rebounder with six. For ISU, guards Laraine Skow and Cristal Fernandez tallied seven points.
In the second half, it was much of the same with the Cowgirls opening the half by going on a 10-4 run to open up their lead to 50-25. Idaho State continued to battle scoring the next eight unanswered to close within 19, but that was as close as it would be the remainder of the game. The Cowgirls outscored the Bengals 17-11 in the final part of the game to go on to the 69-44 victory.
Five players finished in double-figures for the Cowgirls, including senior Ann McColl. She finished with a team leading 15 points, while shooting 7-11 from the field and recording six rebounds. Senior forward Carrie Bacon was the leading rebounder with eight, along with scoring ten points. All 14 Cowgirl players saw action in the game, including Dafina Tucker who played in her first game as a Cowgirl. She recorded two points, three rebounds and one blocked shot. As a team, Wyoming finished 29-57 (.509) from the field and 10-14 (.714) from the charity stripe. They also recorded 26 assists, three blocked shots and 15 steals.
Idaho State was led by Laraine Skow, who finished with a team high 16 points and nine rebounds. The Bengals struggled from the field shooting 13-55 (.236) and committing 24 turnovers.
"We've been working on our defense a lot, and really feel like that is what's going to get us ready for this conference. We've also been putting a lot of extra time into it, spending a lot of time breaking down things and I thought it really helped a lot in the first half, just to get our traps closed and to really have good ball pressure out there. To hold them to 16 percent in the first half, I felt was pretty good defense." "I was just really happy overall with the play of everyone. We got a lot of people a lot of minutes. It was Dafina Tucker's first game as a Cowgirl so that was kind of exciting for me to get her in there and let her get some minutes. It was just a great win."
The Cowgirls will now hit the road with a non-conference match-up against the Portland Pilots, on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. MT, in Portland, Oregon, before they return home to host the Montana State Bobcats, on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.