Jan. 24, 2004
Las Vegas, Nev. (Jan. 24 2004) -- The Wyoming basketball team (6-11 overall, 2-2 in the MWC) wrapped up the weekend with a 67-47 loss to the UNLV Lady Rebels (14-2 overall, 3-0 in the MWC) on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
After a quick first basket from UNLV, Wyoming scored five straight points to take the early lead. The Lady Rebels answered with two baskets to take their first lead of the game 6-5, but the Cowgirls came back with an 11-3 run to open up a seven point advantage, 16-9. It was UNLV's turn to respond with an 8-2 run to even up the score at 18. After each team traded baskets in the final minutes of the half, it would be UNLV who would go in to the locker room with a 26-23 lead.
Three players finished with six points in the half for the Cowgirls, while Sara Hippen led the team with three rebounds. As a team, they were 8-18 (.444) from the field and 5-7 (.714) from the free throw line.
The Lady Rebels were led by RanDee with 13 points and four rebounds. UNLV was 12-31 (.387) from the field, while out rebounding the Cowgirls 20-10.
UNLV stormed out with a 10-2 run to begin the second half which opened up a 36-25 lead, one of their largest of the game. Wyoming hung tough and scored the next nine of fourteen to pull within seven, 41-34, unfortunately the Lady Rebels had other ideas with a 13-5 run to regain a 54-39 advantage. Despite battling until the end, the Cowgirls couldn't overcome the deficit along with an overpowering Lady Rebel team as they would fall 67-47.
Two players finished the night in double-figures, including true freshman Michelle Lieber. She recorded 12 points and four rebounds while shooting 6-7 from the field. Senior guard Brenda Pickup also finished with 12 points and eight assists. Wyoming shot 16-40 (.400) from the field, but were out rebounded by the Lady Rebels 41-21.
UNLV forward RanDee Henry finished the night with a double-double recording 33 points and 11 rebounds. The other Lady Rebel in double-figures was Sherry McCracklin with 11. As a team, they were 27-60 (.450) from the field.
Wyoming will now head home to host the Colorado State Rams on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. in the Arena Auditorium.