Feb. 20, 2003
Albuquerque, N.M. - The Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team (15-8 overall, 5-5 MWC) dropped their road opener by the final of 70-37 to the New Mexico Lobos (15-7 overall, 5-4 MWC) on Thursday night in Albuquerque.
The Lobos came out with the intensity in front of the home crowd to start the game by taking a 13-2 lead through the first four minutes, while the Cowgirls struggled offensively going 0-6 from the field and their only two points coming from the free throw line. It didn't fair much better for Wyoming over the next several minutes as another 12-2 run by New Mexico opened up a 25-4 advantage for the Lobos. The Cowgirls went nine and a half minutes into the game before even scoring a field goal from Lisa McCann. While Wyoming couldn't seem to find the basket, the Lobos were firing on all cylinders shooting 5-7 from beyond the arc in the early going to open up one of their largest leads of the game, 36-10. An 8-0 Cowgirl run in the final couple of minutes helped close the margin, but the Lobos would still take a 36-18 lead into the half.
The Lobos Cristal Garcia led all scorers with ten, while Chelsea Grear was the top rebounder with 11 in the half. For the Cowgirls, three individuals finished the half with four points and sophomore Ashley Elliott had a team high four rebounds. New Mexico shot 15-38 (.395) from the field, while Wyoming struggled shooting only 7-27 (.259).
There wasn't a lot of scoring to start the second half as both teams combined for just five points in the first six minutes. The Lobos would hit their stride again and go on a 9-2 run to regain a 24-point margin, 45-21. A small 5-0 by the Cowgirls closed that margin to 19, but another UNM run gave them the 51-26 lead. Despite the Cowgirls continuing to battle until the very end, the point margin was just too much for them to overcome. The Lobos would wrap up the victory by the final of 70-37.
Wyoming was led by Ashley Elliott, who had a team high ten points, along with five rebounds. Senior Ann McColl was the leading rebounder with six, while chipping in four points. The Cowgirls struggled from the field with a season low 24% (13-54) from the field, while being outrebounded 51-31 by the Lobos.
"You can't get outrebounded the way we did and give up second and third chances to a team at home and expect to win," said head coach Cindy Fisher. "If we would have come out as the aggressors and defended the way they came out on us, I think it would have been a great game. But we came out really flat, didn't check out and weren't where we needed to be."
The Cowgirls will continue play on the road Saturday afternoon against the Air Force Academy Falcons, at 2:00 p.m., in Colorado Springs.