Feb. 12, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Behind 25 points from senior Ashley Elliott, the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (13-9 overall, 4-5 in the MWC) snapped a four-game losing streak with a 75-56 victory over the BYU Cougars (14-8 overall, 5-4 in the MWC) on Saturday afternoon in Laramie. It's the first time that the Cowgirls have swept the Cougars since the 1994-95 season and ties the largest margin of victory against BYU.
Elliott's 25 points came from shooting 5-13 (.385) from the field and 13-13 (1.00) from the free throw line in 37 minutes of play. She was followed by Kristen Lenhardt who recorded a season high 14 points and Sara Hippen with a career high 11 points. Junior guard Erin Hicks missed a double-double by just one point as she finished her night with 12 rebounds and nine points. The Cowgirls were 31-51 (.412) from the field and an impressive 22-25 (.880) from the charity stripe.
Ambrosia Anderson was the leading scorer and rebounder for the Cougars with 13 points and seven rebounds in the game. Julie Sullivan and Dani Kubik both chipped in ten points each. BYU was 26-58 (.448) from the field, but just 1-10 (.100) from beyond the arc.
The Cowgirls took the lead from the beginning with a three-point field goal from Kristen Lenhardt while the Cougars answered back with a Danielle Cheesman lay-up. Eight out of the next 12 points were scored by Wyoming as they increased the lead to 11-6. BYU pulled to within three, but an 8-4 run from UW opened up a nine-point advantage. The Cougars were determined as they made a 9-2 run of their own to close the gap to just two points with nine minutes left in the half. The Cowgirls responded with the next nine of eleven to regain a 30-21 lead, while BYU went over five minutes without a basket. Their lead increased to double-digits with a minute left to go in the half, but a late basket by the Cougars put the Cowgirls in the locker room with a 39-31 lead.
Ashley Elliott led all scorers in the first half with 14 points, while guard Erin Hicks finished with seven rebounds and nine points. Wyoming was 13-29 (.448) from the field and 8-14 (.571) from the three-point line.
The Cougars were led into the break by Ambrosia Anderson who had nine points and four rebounds. BYU shot 15-28 (.536) from the field, and out rebounded the Cowgirls, 16-15.
It was never close in the second half as Wyoming took a double-digit lead with just over 17 minutes to go in the game, 41-31. BYU didn't give up as they pulled to within seven, 44-37 with a good portion of the game left. Unfortunately, a four minute scoring drought and eight unanswered from the Cowgirls, which to put them up 59-41, didn't help the cause for BYU. Wyoming closed out the game with a slim 16-15 run to come away with the 19-point victory, 75-56.
"We knew coming in to this game that we needed to shoot the ball well," said head coach Joe Legerski. "As a team, we don't have a powerful inside game and when Kristen Lenhardt stepped out and made a couple of three's it really got things going. "
Wyoming will now head out next week on their final road trip. They will take on San Diego State, on Thursday night, at 8:00 p.m. MT in San Diego and then the UNLV Lady Rebels, on Saturday afternoon, at 4:00 p.m. MT in Las Vegas.