Feb. 12, 2004
Provo, Utah - The Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball team (8-13 overall, 4-4 in the MWC) opened up the second half of Mountain West Conference play with a 67-50 loss against the BYU Cougars (13-9 overall, 3-5 in the MWC) on Thursday night in Provo.
BYU started out the game strong with an 11-0 scoring run, while it took the Cowgirls over five minutes to score their first points. After two Ashley Elliott free throws got Wyoming on the board, UW would go on a 9-3 run to close the margin to five points, 14-9. A basket from the Cougars made the score 16-9, but then both teams struggled from the field going a combined ten minutes without a basket. A small run from UW again pulled them to within five, 18-13, but unfortunately the Cougars answered with 13 straight to open up a 31-13 advantage. The Cowgirls Sara Hippen hit a three-point shot that would break a five minutes scoring drought by UW, but BYU still took a 34-16 lead into the lockerroom.
Sara Hippen was the leading scorer in the half for Wyoming with seven followed by Brenda Pickup with five and Ashley Elliott with four. As a team, they were 5-25 (.200) from the field and 2-15 (.133) from beyond the arc.
Three Cougars finished with eight points, including Ashleigh Chamberlain. BYU shot 13-29 (.448) from the field and 5-11 (.455) from the three-point line.
The start of the second half didn't fair much better for the Cowgirls as the Cougars scored the first 13 of 16 points to open up 28 point lead, 47-19. Wyoming continued to battle despite being down and answered with a 12-4 run to pull within 20, 51-31. Unfortunately, BYU seemed to have a response for every basket by quickly retaking a 56-24 lead. There was still a little fight left in the Cowgirls as a 9-2 run brought them to within 17, 60-43, but in the end the deficit and the Cougars were too much. Wyoming would drop the contest by the final 67-50.
Senior guard Brenda Pickup led all Cowgirl scorers with 13 points, along with recording seven assists, four rebounds and three steals. She was followed by freshman Angiah Harris with a career high eight points and Sara Hippen with seven. Forward Michelle Lieber was the leading rebounder with seven. Wyoming finished the night shooting 15-48 (.313) from the field and 13-16 (.813) from the charity stripe.
The Cougars were led by Nancy Seljaas and Julie Sullivan with 11 points each. The leading rebounder was Ashleigh Chamberlain, who recorded ten points and ten rebounds. BYU shot 23-54 (.426) from the field and 7-15 (.467) from beyond the arc.
The Cowgirls will continue play on the road on Saturday with a match-up against the Utah Utes at 3:00 p.m. in Salt Lake City.