Cowgirls End Road Trip With Loss

Feb. 14, 2004

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Salt Lake City -- The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (8-14 overall, 4-5 in the MWC) finished their two game road trip with a 59-45 loss to the Utah Utes (19-4 overall, 9-0 in the MWC) on Saturday afternoon in Salt Lake City.

It was a low scoring affair to begin the game as Utah took the early 8-4 lead through the first eight minutes of the half. That lead would grow to seven points but the Cowgirls responded with a 7-2 run to bring them to within two points, 13-11. Five unanswered from Utah gave them another seven point advantage, but another 13-5 run from Wyoming gave them their first lead of the game 24-23. It was short lived as a Shona Thorburn three-point field goal helped the Utes regain a 26-24 lead. In fact, Utah would score the final seven of nine points to take a 33-26 advantage into the locker room.

Senior guard Brenda Pickup was the leading scorer at the half for the Cowgirls with eleven. She was followed by Michelle Lieber with six and Kristen Lenhardt with four. Lieber was also the leading rebounder for UW with three. As a team, they were 10-18 (.556) from the field, but committed 11 turnovers in the half.

Utah was led by Lana Sitterud with 11 points off the bench, along with Kim Smith and Carley Marshall with six each. The Utes shot 13-26 (.500) from the field and 5-8 (.625) from beyond the arc.

The Utes extended their lead to double-digits to begin the second half with seven unanswered to go up 40-26. After a Michelle Lieber basket broke that streak, Utah continued to score at will with a 9-2 run to increase the lead to 19, 49-30. The Cowgirls scored the next four of six to pull within 17, but that would be as close as they would get. The Utes pulled away while Wyoming's offensive struggles continued, going almost six minutes without a basket. In the end Utah and the deficit would be too much as the Cowgirls would fall by the final of 59-45.

Two Cowgirls finished the game in double-digits, including Brenda Pickup. She led the team with 15 points and six rebounds, while shooting 4-8 from the field and a perfect 5-5 from the free throw line. Freshman Michelle Lieber also finished the game with ten points and five rebounds. As a team, they were 18-42 (.429) from the field, but committed 19 turnovers in the game.

Utah was led by Kim Smith who led the way with 13 points and five rebounds. She was followed by Shona Thorburn and Lana Sitterud with 11. The Utes were 21-44 (.477) from the field and 7-12 (.583) from beyond the arc.

The Cowgirls will return home to play their final two home Mountain West Conference games of the season as they host the UNLV Lady Rebels, on Thursday night, at 7:00 p.m., and the San Diego State Aztecs, on Saturday afternoon, at 2:00 p.m.