Cowgirls Earn Weekend Sweep

Jan. 19, 2002


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    Laramie, Wyo. -- In decisive fashion, the WyomingCowgirl Basketball Team (9-7 overall, 2-2 in the MWC) earned theirsecond conference win of the season and a sweep of the week by defeatingthe San Diego State Aztecs (8-8 overall, 0-3 in the MWC), 86-51, onSaturday afternoon in Laramie. Their wins over the Aztecs and UNLVRebels over the week marked the first conference sweep for the Cowgirlssince the 1997-98 season, when they defeated UNLV and Air Force.

    Both teams opened up the game on pace for an exciting up and down thecourt match-up with each team trading baskets. San Diego State seemed totake control by opening up a 19-15 lead with eight minutes to go in thehalf, but the Cowgirls had other ideas. A 17-5 run to close out the halfby Wyoming would give them a 36-26 advantage going into halftime.

    San Diego State was the team that seem to open up the second half withmore intensity as they scored the first two baskets to close the marginto six points, but that would be as close as the Aztecs would get.Several huge runs during the half by the Cowgirls and a seven minutescoring drought by SDSU proved to be the enough for the 86-51 victoryfor Wyoming. They would outscore the Aztecs 50-25 in the second half,despite being outrebounded 38-36 in the game.

    Junior Carrie Bacon led the Cowgirls in scoring finishing with a teamhigh 19 points, along with seven boards, three assists, two blocks andtwo steals. Forward Darci Arsene also chipped in 14 points in thewinning effort. As a team, the Cowgirls shot a season high 52% (30-58)from the field and 78% (21-27) from the charity stripe.

    Claire Swinbank led the Aztecs in scoring with 16 points, while AtimOtii finished with a team high eight boards.

    "I think the big turning point in this game was the defense of ChristyBacon," said head coach Cindy Fisher. "Claire Swinbank came out in thisgame with a lot of confidence, shooting the ball and had 12 pointsbefore we put Christy on her defensively and she went scoreless the restof the half. Honestly, I feel that our defensive effort was the biggestthing tonight. When you can depend on people to come in off the benchand stop their key player, that's huge."

    The Cowgirls will now hit the road again as they will travel to Ft.Collins to take on the Colorado State Rams, on Friday night. The Ramsare currently 15-3 overall and 4-0 in the conference.