Jan. 10, 2004
Laramie, Wyoming - The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (4-9 overall) suffered a 53-30 defeat against the Eastern Washington Eagles (7-6 overall) in their final non-conference game on Saturday afternoon.
It was a defensive battle to begin the game as it took the two teams almost four minutes to score. After a Kristen Lenhardt free throw broke the streak, Eastern Washington took an early 5-3 lead. Both teams continued to struggle from the field until a 13-2 run from the Eagles to close out the half gave them their largest lead of the game. On the other side, the Cowgirls offensive woes continued as they failed to score in the final three minutes of the half to go in to the locker room down 20-10.
Wyoming was led by Kristen Lenhardt who finished with four points, while senior Brenda Pickup led the way with seven rebounds. As a team, the Cowgirls struggled shooting 3-23 (.130) from the field and 1-9 (.111) from beyond the arc.
EWU was led by Brandie Bounds who finished the half with seven points, while forward Julie Page followed that up with six points and a team leading four rebounds. The Eagles were 8-28 (.286) from the field.
The Cowgirls offensive struggles continued to start the second half as they could only manage to score four points in eight minutes, while Eastern Washington continued to widen their lead to 14 points, 28-14. Over the next several minutes, the two teams played pretty even and an Ashley Elliott three-point shot pulled them to within 14, 37-23. Unfortunately it would be short lived as another 8-0 from EWU helped them regain a 45-23 advantage. In the end, the Eagles and the deficit were too much for the Cowgirls to overcome as they would fall 53-30.
The leading scorer for the Cowgirls was Ashley Elliott who finished with nine, followed by Kristen Lenhardt with seven and Brenda Pickup with five. Pickup also led the team with a career high ten rebounds eclipsing her previous high of seven. As a team, Wyoming shot a dismal 9-45 (.200) from the field and 3-16 (.188) from beyond the arc. They also committed 23 turnovers.
Two players from Eastern Washington finished the game in double-figures including Kathleen Nygaard. She finished with a game high 18 followed by Brandie Bounds with 12. The Eagles were 21-64 (.328) from the field and out rebounded the Cowgirls 47-38.
"This game was very frustrating to play," said head coach Joe Legerski. "We have to look at why we're not ready to play from the start. As the game went on today shots weren't falling, but you could see that we were not moving and to be able to run a motion offense you need to have great movement. When I look at the stats from the end of the game and see how we struggled even from the free throw line it shows a direct correlation of what our focus was to play this game. I just have to try to figure out why our focus was so bad tonight. We have to be able to step up and make some plays and shots."
The Cowgirls will begin Mountain West Conference play next week as they host the Utah Utes on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. and the BYU Cougars on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.