Feb. 8, 2003
San Diego, Calif. - The Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team (14-6 overall, 4-3 MWC) ended their road trip with a 66-52 victory over the San Diego State Aztecs (8-11 overall, 2-5 MWC), on Saturday night in San Diego.
After exchanging a three-pointer and a couple of free throws to start off the game, the Cowgirls took their first lead of the game 7-6 but not to be outdone by a Jamey Cox three-point shot that gave the Aztecs a two point advantage, 9-7. Wyoming responded with a 10-4 run to regain a 17-13 lead, but once again a Cox three-pointer brought SDSU within one. The two teams traded baskets over the next several minutes with Wyoming holding a lead no larger that two points. Up 22-21 with about nine minutes to go, the Cowgirls made an 8-0 scoring to open up one of their largest leads of the half 29-21, but after the Aztecs struggled offensively going over three minutes without a basket they would go on a an 8-0 scoring run of their own to tie it up 29 all. Wyoming quickly regained the lead with an Ann McColl basket and free shot, 32-29, and held on to that lead to take a 37-34 score into halftime.
Wyoming was led by Ann McColl, who led the team with ten points followed by Ashley Elliott with nine and two players with five. SDSU's Jamey Cox led all scorers with 14 points, while Ashlee Dunlap had a game high four rebounds. As a team, the Cowgirls were 11-20 (.550) from the field, 10-11 (.909) from the free throw line and outrebounded the Aztecs 13-8.
The Cowgirls opened up the second half strong by scoring eight straight points, which helped them take a 45-34 lead. San Diego State struggled offensively as they went four minutes into the half without scoring a basket, which was finally broken by Ashlee Dunlap. UW continued to build upon that lead behind the scoring of several individuals and going on a 9-5 run, as SDSU continued to struggle hitting only two field goals and scoring five points in the first ten minutes of the half. With the Cowgirls up 56-41, the Aztecs continued to battle by responding with a 10-2 run to close within seven points, 58-51. But it was senior Ann McColl that would help the Cowgirls pull away and seal the victory with five points in the final two minutes, as Wyoming would earn their 14th win of the season with a 66-52 win over the Aztecs.
"I thought we did a great job in the second half not turning over the basketball," said head coach Cindy Fisher. "We took care of the ball and did a nice job getting the ball into the hands of the people that needed it. Ann played a super game for us and played really hard, but I thought our bench effort was just phenomenal. Cherrith did a nice job coming in, scored some points and played great defense. They all got in there and were really focused when they stepped on the court and knew what they had to do to get done. Overall, I think our defense and taking care of the ball in the second half won this game for us."
Despite fouling out with 1:23 left in the game, Ann McColl led all scorers with 20 points. She finished the night 5-7 from the field, 9-10 from the charity stripe, along with three rebounds. Two other Cowgirls recorded double-figures including Ashley Elliott with 13 and Ann McColl with ten. As a team, Wyoming shot 20-42 (.476) from the field, 18-22 (.818) from the charity stripe, while outrebounding the Aztecs 33-26.
SDSU was led by Jamey Cox, who finished the night with 17 points. Ashlee Dunlap led the Aztecs with 13 rebounds and had 12 points. They struggled from the field shooting only 34% (16-47).
The Cowgirls will return home this week for two conference match-ups this week. They will host the BYU Cougars, on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m., and then the Utah Utes, on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. Both games will be played in the Arena Auditorium.