Feb. 22, 2003
Colorado Springs, Colo. - In dominating fashion, the Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team (16-8 overall, 6-5 MWC) downed the Air Force Academy Falcons (7-16 overall, 1-9 MWC) by the final of 78-49 on Saturday afternoon in Colorado Springs.
It was all Wyoming to start off the game as they opened up with ten straight points after two big three-point shots by Carrie Bacon, while the Falcons struggled with eight turnovers in the early going. In fact, the Cowgirls would take a 14-0 lead and it would be almost seven minutes before the Falcons scored their first two points off the free throw line and eight before they scored a field goal. The Cowgirls continued to put on the defensive pressure and the points with a 13-7 run to open up one of their largest leads of the half, 27-11. Air Force continued to struggle with scoring points, as Wyoming dominated to close out the half with another 12-4 run to go into halftime with a 39-15 lead.
Scoring was extremely balanced for the Cowgirls as all five starters scored in the first half. Ashley Elliott led the way with nine, followed by Darci Arsene and Carrie Bacon with eight, and Brenda Pickup had six. Arsene and Bacon also led the team with three rebounds. Wyoming shot 16-31 (.516) from the field and 6-11 (.545) from beyond the arc.
For the Falcons, Dana Pounds was the leading scorer with four, while Gwen Grove had a team high three rebounds. Air Force struggled shooting only 5-15 (.333) from the field and committed 20 turnovers.
The Cowgirls picked up were they left off to begin the second half by scoring the first nine of 15 points to take a 48-20 advantage. A 6-0 scoring run and a four minute Wyoming drought helped the Falcons pull within 23 the closest they'd been since the first half. Despite not shooting well from the field, Air Force continued to stay in the game from the free throw line closing the margin to 19 a couple of times, but the Cowgirls held on to their double-digit lead. An 11-1 run by the Cowgirls over several minutes helped Wyoming regain total control of the game, 71-42, and eventually on to the 78-49 victory.
"I thought our defensive effort was phenomenal tonight," said head coach Cindy Fisher. "We took advantage of opportunities and weaknesses that they had and I was proud of the way we responded. Carrie Bacon showed a lot of character and leadership on the floor and Brenda Pickup on the defensive side of the ball. Overall, it was a great team win, the chemistry was awesome and people were positive with each other. After a loss like we had the other night, it just shows the character of what this team is made of."
Four of five starters finished the game in double-figures including senior Carrie Bacon. She recorded 18 points, along with four boards and five assists. Ann McColl chipped in 17, while Ashley Elliott had 13 and Darci Arsene had 11. Arsene also had a team high five rebounds. The Cowgirls shot 29-57 (.509) from the field and 7-18 (.389) from beyond the arc.
The Falcons Jennifer Roesch had a game high 19 points, while Briana Thomas and Alison Butler finished with a team high five rebounds. As a team, Air force shot 12-35 (.343) for the game, but committed 37 turnovers.
The Cowgirls will be on the road next week with one game against the Colorado State Rams. They will face the Rams on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. in Ft. Collins.