Cowgirl Basketball Falls Short Against Colorado State, 61-51

Jan. 28, 2005

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Ft. Collins, Colo. - The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (12-6 overall, 3-2 in the MWC) lost a disappointing game by the final of 61-51 against the Colorado State Rams (12-6 overall, 3-2 in the MWC) on Friday night in Ft. Collins.

The Cowgirls were led by senior Ashley Elliott who finished with a game high 28 points along with seven rebounds, six assists and four steals. She was followed by Hanna Zavecz with eight points and Lorissa Ewing with four. As a team, they were 17-61 (.279) from the field and a dismal 10-41 (.244) from beyond the arc.

Colorado State was led by Melissa Dennett who recorded 22 points, while Sara Hunter had 12 points off the bench. Guard Vanessa Espinoza had a team high ten rebounds, along with eight points. The Rams shot 21-46 (.457) from the field, while out rebounding the Cowgirls 42-31.

The Rams struck first with five straight points before an Ashley Elliott three-point field goal got the Cowgirls on the board. Colorado State increased their lead to six points with a 6-2 run, while Wyoming struggled from the field scoring only one basket in a four minute period. They kept their composure and scored eight straight points to even it up 11 and eventually taking their first lead of the game at 15-13. A couple of quick baskets gave the Rams a one point advantage, 19-18, but the Cowgirls responded with an 11-0 run over a three minute stretch to open up their largest lead of the game 29-19. Not to be out done, Colorado State closed out the half by out scoring Wyoming 14-2 to take a 33-31 advantage in to the locker room.

Senior Ashley Elliott led all scorers with 16 of the Cowgirls 31 points. She was followed by Hanna Zavecz with six and three players with three points. Elliott also led the way in rebounding with six. As a team, Wyoming was 11-32 (.344) from the field, but struggled shooting 7-22 (.318) from beyond the arc.

The Rams were led by Melissa Dennett who had 14 points followed by Vanessa Espinoza and Sara Hunter with six. CSU was 11-24 (.458) from the field, while out rebounding the Cowgirls 19-16.

Wyoming regained a three point lead right out of the break, 36-33, while the Rams went almost four minutes before hitting their basket of the second half. After that both teams went extremely cold as a three-point field goal by Ashley Elliott finally broke a five minute scoring drought by both teams. The Cowgirls would extend that lead to four points, but Colorado State answered back with a 9-0 to regain a 46-41 advantage. Wyoming pulled to within two unfortunately Colorado State made an 11-5 run to open up their largest lead of the game 57-46.

"Tonight's game was another tough game in the series history of Colorado State and Wyoming," said head coach Joe Legerski. "I'm only in my second year at Wyoming, and some of our newcomers learned the intensity that is needed to play in a game like this. I can't say enough about the play of Ashley Elliott. If you take a look at her numbers tonight, she really kept us in the game and gave us an opportunity to win. Unfortunately when you take her out of the equation, the other players on the team didn't step up and make some shots which could have kept us in the game."

The Cowgirls will continue play on the road next week as they travel to Albuquerque, N.M. to face the New Mexico Lobos, on Thursday night, and then over to Colorado Springs, Colo. against the Air Force Academy Falcons.