Cowgirls Fall In Double Overtime To Utah

Feb. 10, 2005

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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For the second time in as many games, the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (12-9 overall, 3-5 in the MWC) lost a heartbreaker, 82-79, in double overtime to the Utah Utes (18-5 overall, 7-1 in the MWC) on Thursday night in Laramie.

Wyoming was led by senior Ashley Elliott who finished with a game high 30 points along with seven rebounds. She was 11-18 from the field, 3-4 from beyond the arc and 5-7 from the charity stripe in 50 minutes of play. Guard Erin Hicks followed with a career high 26 points and seven boards, while Sara Hippen recorded a career high 11 points in the contest. As a team, the Cowgirls shot 25-55 (.455) from the field, 9-17 (.529) from beyond the arc and 20-28 (.714) from the free throw line.

Junior Kim Smith led the way for the Utes with 28 points and 13 boards. She was followed by Shona Thorburn with 24 points and eight rebounds, along with Lana Sitterud's 17 points. Utah shot 30-63 (.476) from the field and out rebounded the Cowgirls 38-35.

After the Cowgirls scored the opening basket, the Utes scored six straight to take the early 6-2 lead. Wyoming responded with an 8-2 run to regain a two-point advantage. The two teams traded baskets until another Cowgirl scoring run put them up 19-14. Utah stormed back and scored the next 11 of 15 to go back up 25-23. A three-point field goal by Erin Hicks gave the Cowgirls a one point advantage unfortunately Utah quickly took the lead back, 30-26. UW kept their composure and closed out the half on a 9-5 run to go in to the locker room with a 35-35 tie.

Wyoming came out strong in the second half and scored five unanswered along with 12 of the first 17 points to take their largest lead of the game, 47-40. The Utes came back with seven straight of their own to tie it up, but the Cowgirls went on a 6-2 run to regain a 53-49 advantage. Unfortunately Utah came back with six unanswered of their own to take back the lead, 55-53. Once again, the Cowgirls responded to take a four point lead with a little over two minutes to go in the game. It wouldn't be enough as Utah scored the last seven of ten to force the overtime, 65-65.

In the first overtime, Wyoming took the early lead which was answered by four straight from the Utes to go up 69-67. Another Erin Hicks three-point field goal gave the Cowgirls a one point lead, but Utah ran off five straight to open up a 74-70 lead with about 1:35 to go. This time it was Wyoming's turn as two Erin Hicks free throws and an Ashley Elliott lay-up forced a second overtime, 74-74.

It looked like the two teams would trade baskets until a Sara Hippen three-pointer gave the Cowgirls a 79-76 lead. Unfortunately from the two minute mark of the second overtime, they wouldn't score another point as the Utes went on a 6-0 run to close out the game and earn the 82-79 victory.

The Cowgirls will continue their week with a match-up against the BYU Cougars, on Saturday afternoon, beginning at 2:00 p.m. in the Arena Auditorium.