Cowgirl Basketball Comes Up Short Against Utah, 66-53

Feb. 9, 2002

*UTAH 66, WYOMING 53 - Box Score

Laramie, Wyo. -- The Wyoming Cowgirls Basketball Team(10-11 overall, 3-6 in the MWC) fell to the Utah Utes (11-10, 4-5 in theMWC) by the final of 66-53, on Saturday afternoon, in Laramie.

After Utah hit the first basket of the game, the Cowgirls would rallyback with a 15-2 run to take the 11-point lead. But, the Utes wouldfight right back scoring 11 unanswered to tie the game at 15 all. Thegame stayed close for the remainder of the half with five lead changesand four ties, but a basket by guard Ashley Elliott with a minute leftin the half would allow the Cowgirls to take a 25-23 score intohalftime.

The Utes seemed to be the team that came out fired up in the secondhalf, as they would open up with a 14-3 scoring run to gain a 37-28lead. The Cowgirls would fight back and at the 12-minute mark a basketby Darci Arsene would close the margin to two points, but that's asclose as they would get in the half and the game. Over the next tenminutes, the Utes would build a double-digit lead, which included theirlargest of 15 points, and go on to defeat the Cowgirls by the final of66-53.

Junior Carrie Bacon led the Cowgirls and all scorers with 21 points,along with four rebounds for the game. With a team leading eightrebounds, Darci Arsene also chipped in 12 points. As a team, theCowgirls struggled shooting only 35% (20-58) from the field andcommitting 19 turnovers, despite outrebounding Utah 40-29.

Utah was led by center Lauren Beckman, who finished with 17 points andten rebounds. Two other Utes finished with double-figures, includingguard Lindsey Stireman, who finished with a season high 15 points. TheUtes finished the night shooting 48% (27-56) from the field.

"The one thing that is important to remember is that the Utah's andBYU's of the world have dominated the Cowgirls and until you get a winover one it's hard to believe that you can, and that's what we're stillstruggling with," said head coach Cindy Fisher. "I thought we playedoutstanding in the first half and coming out in the second half westarted to doubt ourselves. When you start to doubt, your confidencewavers and you don't shoot the ball as well. This game really came downto seven shots, they hit seven shots that we didn't. But, if we hit acouple of shots to keep it close at home then we have a chance, but wejust struggled shooting the ball in the second half."

The Cowgirls will hit the road next week, as they take on San DiegoState, on Thursday night, at 8:30 p.m., MST and UNLV, on Saturday night,at 8:35 p.m., MST.