Cowgirls Fall In Close One To Rams, 57-49

Jan 25, 2002


Ft. Collins, Colo. -- Despite a great second halfcomeback, the Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team (9-8 overall, 2-3 in theMWC) lost the Colorado State Rams (16-3 overall, 5-0 in the MWC) by afinal of 57-49, on Friday night in Ft. Collins.

Despite a fast pace start to the beginning of the game, it was lowscoring as both teams only combined for 22 points through the first nineminutes of the half and an 11-11 score. But with the score all tied upat 15, a 10-2 run by the Rams and an almost eight minute scoring droughtby the Cowgirls would give CSU a 25-17 advantage going into halftime.The Cowgirls struggled from the field shooting only 28% (7-25) from thefield, which led to a season low 17 points in a half.

The second half started out much like the first ended for Wyoming witha four and a half minute scoring drought before a bucket by CarrieBacon. Unfortunately, while the Cowgirls weren't scoring the Rams were,as they opened up a 13-point lead during that time, 32-19. But despitebeing down by double-digits, Wyoming continued to fight as they would goon a 6-0 run to close the gap to six points, the closest they had beensince the eight minute mark in the first half. With all the Cowgirlseffort, Colorado State seemed to have an answer for every shot. But withtwo minutes left in the game, a basket by Chassie Wiersma put the scoreat 47-50, but a huge three-point basket by Katie Borton gave the Rams asix-point cushion. It would prove to be too much of a deficit toovercome as Colorado State would come out on top with the 57-49 victory.

Wyoming was led by junior Carrie Bacon, who finished the night with ateam high 17 points and seven rebounds. Darci Arsene also finished witha team high seven rebounds, along with chipping in eight points. As ateam, they shot 40% (21-52) from the field and 7-10 (70%) from thecharity stripe.

"Colorado State did a nice job on us defensively," said head coachCindy Fisher. "They took away our post-game early , sagged people off,and we just couldn't hit an outside shot. I also thought we struggledrebounding in the first half and our focus wasn't as good as it neededto be coming out of the gates. But, I felt they came out in the secondhalf, rebounded well and fought hard, but you get down 15 points to aColorado State and it's hard to comeback on their home court. Our teamis getting better everyday and we're still building and learning abouteach other, so we're going to be fine and take several things from thisgame."

The Cowgirls will be on the road next week as they will face the AirForce Academy, on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m., and New Mexico, onSaturday afternoon, at 1:00 p.m.