Feb. 19, 2004
Laramie, Wyoming -- The Wyoming basketball team (8-15, 4-6 in the MWC) lost a disappointing game 66-55 against the UNLV Lady Rebels (18-4 overall, 7-2 in the MWC) on Thursday night in Laramie.
UNLV opened up the game by taking a 10-2 lead, while the Cowgirls went over three minutes before scoring a basket. Down by that same score, they would battle back with a 10-2 run to even things up at 12 all. The Lady Rebels responded by scoring the next twelve of fourteen to regain a ten point lead, 24-14. That UNLV margin increased to 14 points but another small run by UW brought them to within eight, 28-20, unfortunately they would still go into the locker room down 31-22.
UNLV guard Sheena Moore led all scorers at the half with 11. She was followed by RanDee Henry with seven points and five rebounds and Sherry McCracklin with six. The Lady Rebels were 13-23 (.565) from the field and 3-6 (.500) from beyond the arc.
Wyoming was led by Ashley Elliott who recorded eight points and three rebounds in the half. Tarah Lapar chipped in five points followed by several players with two points. The Cowgirls shot 10-28 (.357) from the field and a dismal 1-12 (.083) from the three-point line.
The Lady Rebels quickly increased their lead to double-digits out of the halftime break while the Cowgirls struggled on the offensive end. With the score 40-26 in favor of UNLV, Wyoming battled back with an 11-2 run to pull within five, 42-37, but the Lady Rebels stormed back by scoring the next seven of nine to regain a 49-39 lead. Despite being down, the Cowgirls put up a good fight and made a final push behind Ashley Elliott as a three-point play closed the margin to seven points, 59-52. Unfortunately in the end the physical play, deficit and the Lady Rebels were too much for them to overcome as they would fall by the final of 66-55.
"The game of basketball is about match-ups," said head coach Joe Legerski. "Some nights when you step on the floor your strengths can attack their weaknesses, but when you play a team like UNLV, who is 18-4, there are no weaknesses with that group. We had to work extremely hard just to be able to come up with the offense that we had. I was pleased with the effort. Everyone talks about how hard we play, but we have to play that way to be competitive. I give credit to our young kids because we keep growing we just can't rush it.
"We got off to a poor start shooting to begin with. When we miss our first four or five shots, I take a look at it and see if they're good shots or difficult shots and they were good shots. We need to step up from the start."
Junior guard Ashley Elliott was the leading scorer in the game while recording her third 30-point game of the season as she finished with 31 points. She was 11-27 from the field and 6-9 from the free throw line in 39 minutes of play. Guard Brenda Pickup finished the night with six points, four assists and four steals. As a team, the Cowgirls were 21-59 (.356) from the field but got out rebounded 35-29 by the Lady Rebels.
Three UNLV players finished the night in double-figures, including RanDee Henry. She recorded 21 points and ten rebounds to lead the way for the Lady Rebels. Sheena Moore recorded 15 points followed by Sherry McCracklin with 13. UNLV shot 27-48 (.563) from the field.
The Cowgirls will play their final home game of the season on Saturday as they host the San Diego State Aztecs at 2:00 p.m.