Cowgirls Win Big Over Chicago State, 70-44

Feb. 19, 2002

WYOMING 70, Chicago State 44 - Box Score

LARAMIE, Wyo. - With offense from some unexpectedplaces, the Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team (12-12 overall), by a26-point margin, defeated the Chicago State Cougars (8-17 overall) bythe final of 70-44, on Tuesday night, in Laramie.

The Cowgirls opened up the scoring early with two three-point shots byCarly Stucky, which would grow to a 19-9 advantage. Defense was a bigpart of the game, as it wouldn't be until the seven-minute of the halfbefore Chicago State would get into double-digits, and Wyoming continuedto pour it on defensively as they only allowed the Cougars to score sixpoints in the remaining five minutes of the half and a 26% shootingpercentage from the field. They would take a 37-15 margin into the half.Offensively, the bright spots were freshman Ashley Elliott and TaraRimsky, who finished with 12 and eight points respectively, as theCowgirls were 44% (11-25) from the field and 50% (6-12) from beyond thearc.

In the second half, the Cowgirls continued to dominate with their youngfreshmen, as head coach Cindy Fisher had the opportunity to play heryounger kids. They would maintain anywhere from a 21 to 30-point leadthroughout the half, going onto the 70-44 victory.

Four Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures, including AshleyElliott and Tara Rimsky, who both notched career high nights. Elliottfinished with 19 points and six steals, while hitting 5-9 from the fieldand a perfect 6-6 from the charity stripe. Rimsky, in just seven minutesof play, had a career high 15 points, shooting 3-4 from the three-pointline and 6-6 from the free throw line. Senior Christy Bacon alsofinished with a season high 12 points, while freshman Sara Hippen ledthe Cowgirls with a career high seven rebounds. As a team, the Cowgirlsshot 45% (23-51) from the field and 15-19 (.429) from beyond the arc.Despite being outrebounded by the Cougars, the Cowgirls finished theevening with 16 assists and 17 steals.

For Chicago State, they were led by Michelle Allen who finished with 13points, along with nine boards. Krisey Sanders led the team with tenrebounds, plus chipped in ten points. As a team, the Cougars were heldto 30% (16-54) from the field, while committing 26 turnovers.

"I thought our young kids came off the bench and did a great job," saidhead coach Cindy Fisher. "They have a lot of confidence and tookadvantage of their time to play. I always tell them when they get on thefloor make sure you make the most of it, and I felt that they all didthat tonight. They all really stepped up and played hard, some scored orplayed defensive better than others, but as a group for them to reallycompete against an experienced team like Chicago State to compete theway they did I was very happy."

Wyoming will now host the Colorado State Rams, on Saturday night, at7:00 p.m.