Jan. 18, 2003
Provo, Utah - The Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team (10-5 overall, 0-2 MWC) came up short by the final of 67-59 to the Brigham Young Cougars (12-3 overall, 2-0 MWC) on Saturday afternoon in Provo.
The Cowgirls opened up the game by taking a 5-1 lead with two free throws and a three point field goal from Carrie Bacon, but the Cougars scored the next eight points to take their first lead of the game 9-5. Behind a hot shooting Carrie Bacon, who scored the Cowgirls first 11 of 17 points, Wyoming battled back with a 12-2 run to regain a 17-11 advantage. A three point field goal from Erin Thorn pulled the Cougars within three, but once again the Cowgirls would respond with a three point basket from Brenda PIckup to retake a six point lead. It would be an advantage that would grow to as many as eight in the half, but down 28-21 to Wyoming the Cougars made a 6-0 run in the final minute of the half to only go into the halftime break down 28-27.
Wyoming's Carrie Bacon led all scorers with 11, while several individuals finished the half with three rebounds. Other scorers for the Cowgirls included Brenda Pickup and Ann McColl with six, Darci Arsene with three and Chassie Wiersma with two. As a team, the Cowgirls were 9-26 (.346) from the field and 5-7 (.714) from beyond the arc.
BYU carried some of their momentum into the start of the second half by going on an 8-2 run to take their largest lead of the game to that point 35-30. The Cowgirls answered with a couple of baskets to close within one, but the Cougars responded by scoring the next 14 of 15 points to widen their lead to 49-35. The Cowgirls struggled offensively as they only had two field goals and nine points through the first ten minutes of the second half. The momentum seemed to shift towards Wyoming at about the seven minute as a 9-2 run brought them to within nine points, but just as quickly BYU scored a couple of quick baskets to retain their double-digit lead. It would go down to the final couple of minutes in the game as the Cowgirls had pulled to within seven, 57-50, unfortunately the Cougars had an answer for each Wyoming score. A couple of three point shots made it close in the end, but BYU sealed with several free throws to take the 67-69 victory.
"We just ran out of time," said head coach Cindy Fisher. "I think if there were two more minutes in this game, because momentum was really in our favor. We did exactly what we wanted, limited Erin Thorn's touches and did a good job on their big people, unfortunately we had a hard time a hard time putting the ball in the basket. We have to find new ways to Ashley open shots and people who can get the ball in the basket."
"Carrie did a really nice job and hit some terrific shots, and our defense was phenomenal. To get ten offensive boards off a team like this shows great effort and they worked really hard, but we have to figure out a way to score."
Senior Carrie Bacon was the leading scorer for both teams with 19, while she was also the leading rebounder for the Cowgirls with seven. Ann McColl recorded 12 points and Darci Arsene finished with 10. BYU's Erin Thorn was the top scorer and rebounder with 15 points and nine rebounds. The Cowgirls struggled from the field shooting 19-48 (.396), while the Cougars were 22-46 (.478) from the field
Wyoming will continue conference play this week at home as they host the Air Force Academy on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. and then the New Mexico on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.