Cowgirls Fall To Utes In First Conference Game Of Season, 80-59

Jan. 10, 2002

Utah 80, Wyoming 59 -Box Score

Salt Lake City -- The Wyoming Cowgirls (7-6overall, 0-1 in the MWC) opened up the 2002 conference season with a80-59 loss to the Utah Utes (8-5 overall, 1-0 in the MWC), on Thursdaynight in Salt Lake City.

The Utes would take the lead from the beginning of the game, but acouple of shots by Carly Stucky and Darci Arsene kept the score close.With the score at 11-9, Utah would go on an 11-2 run to take the 22-11lead, a margin that would grow to as large as 15 points. But a 9-8 runin the final five minutes of the half would allow the Cowgirls to gointo halftime only down 37-29 to the Utes. The Cowgirls shot 11-27 (41%)from the field, but committed 14 turnovers.

The Cowgirls would comeout in the second half scoring the first fourpoints to close the margin to 37-33, but Utah responded with a 10-4 runof their own to regain a 12-point lead. Wyoming continued to hangaround by keeping the score within seven to ten points throughout thehalf. But with the Utes up by ten, they would go on a 12-5 run to uptheir lead to 17 and the Cowgirls would never recover, as they wouldfall 80-59.

Junior Darci Arsene was the bright spot for the Cowgirls, as she scoreda career high 23 points, along with eight rebounds. Carrie Bacon alsochipped in ten points and eight boards. As a team, Wyoming shot 18-49(37%) from the field, but were plagued by 24 turnovers.

"Overall, I thought we lost our focus," said head coach Cindy Fisher.

"We'd make an offensive turnover and then come down and breakdowndefensively. I don't know were our focus was tonight, but it wasn'tthere for 40 minutes. We had moments that it was good and we did whatwas asked, but we would sub in and it really broke down. Our bench camein and did some good things, we just need to have more production fromeveryone that steps on the floor. We rely on freshmen to step in duringthe conference season, our starters have to get it done."

Wyoming will continue their road trip against the Brigham YoungCougars, on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m., in Provo.