Feb. 14, 2002
San Diego -- After falling behind early, theWyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team (11-11 overall, 4-6 in the MWC) pulledout a 53-43 victory over the San Diego State Aztecs (9-13 overall, 1-8in the MWC), on Thursday night, in San Diego.
Despite six early chances at a basket, the Cowgirls fell behind 10-0 tothe Aztecs, and it wouldn't be until the 13:39 mark, when a free throwby Carrie Bacon would put the Cowgirls on the board. Over the next sixminutes, the Aztecs would go on a 10-6 run to open up a 13-point lead,which was their largest of the half. But, the Cowgirls hung tough andoutscored San Diego State 12-4 in the final eight minutes of the half togo into the break down only 24-21.
It was tough to get a bucket to begin the second half, as only fivepoints would be scored in four minutes, all by the Cowgirls, which gavethem their first lead of the game 26-24. The margin would build to 34-28for Wyoming, but the Aztecs answered with a 8-0 run of their own toregain the lead 36-34. For Wyoming, they would have their own answer ina form of a 9-0 run to open up a 45-36 advantage. It would be a leadthat they would hold onto, despite a small run by SDSU, and coming awaywith a 53-43 victory.
The Cowgirls were led by junior Carrie Bacon, who finished with a 16point, ten rebound night, her third double-double of the season.Sophomore Carly Stucky also scored in double-figures with 11 points. Asa team, the Cowgirls were 18-48 (.375) from the field, whileoutrebounding the Aztecs 44-31.
San Diego State was led Ashonda Williams, who led her team with 12points. Senior Atim Otii was the Aztecs leading rebounding with seven.The Aztecs shot 20-66 (.303) from the field and just 3-24 (.125) frombeyond the arc.
"I was really impressed how we cameback on the road tonight," said headcoach Cindy Fisher. "We dug ourselves out of a hole to get it to withinthree points at the half, the kids would comeout in the second half,refused to lose and did whatever they needed to win. I have to creditthis game to Christy Bacon, she's really played San Diego State toughtwice this season. But overall, I thought we had a good team effort thesecond half. Christy and Carrie played well, Carly hit some big shotsfor us and we did a great job on the boards. The girls just played hardand knew we had to get this win no matter what."
The Cowgirls will travel to Las Vegas tomorrow, as they will take onthe UNLV Rebels, on Saturday night, at 8:35 p.m. MST.