The Cowgirls Fall to the Colorado State Rams 73-51

Ft. Collins, Colo (Feb. 28, 2003) --

The Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team (16-9 overall, 6-6 MWC) fell to the Colorado State Rams (15-11 overall, 6-6 MWC) by the final of 73-51, on Friday night in Ft. Collins.

It would be the Rams who opened up the game with an early 5-2 lead, but five straight points from the Cowgirls gave them their first lead of the game 7-5. Unfortunately, it was short lived as CSU went on a 7-0 scoring run to take a 12-7 advantage, but five unanswered points from Carrie Bacon tied it all up at 12. There wasn't a lot of scoring over the next several minutes as each team combined for nine points and CSU regained an 18-15 lead. Another 8-5 scoring run from the Rams opened up a six-point lead 26-20, but the Cowgirls continued to battle pulling to within three. But it was all Colorado State to close out the half with seven unanswered to take a ten point lead, 35-25, into the half.

Senior Carrie Bacon led the Cowgirls with ten points and three rebounds. She was followed by Brenda Pickup with six and Darci Arsene with four. The Cowgirls struggled shooting only 9-27 (.333) from the field and 4-10 (.400) from beyond the arc.

Colorado State's Ashley Augspurger led all scorers in the half with 11 points and four rebounds. The Rams were 13-22 (.591) from the field and 3-7 (.429) from three.

The two teams traded baskets in the first few minutes of the second half, but then seven straight from the Rams opened up one of their largest leads of the game 45-30. As the Cowgirls continued to struggle offensively, hitting only two field goals in eight minutes, CSU scored at will by taking a 54-38 advantage. Pulling within 15, Wyoming seemed to gain a little momentum but the Rams ran off ten straight points to regain a 25-point advantage. The Cowgirls continued to battle until the end, but the deficit was too much to overcome as the Rams went onto the 73-50 victory.

Senior Carrie Bacon led the Cowgirls with 13 points and seven boards. She was followed by Brenda Pickup with 12 and Ashley Elliott with nine. Wyoming struggled from the field shooting only 16-53 (.302) for the game.

Ashley Augspurger led all scorers with 23 points, while chipping in six rebounds. Shannon Strecker finished the night with a double-double with 14 points and ten boards. As a team, the Rams shot 26-44 (.593) from the field, while outrebounding the Cowgirls 38-28.

"CSU played extremely well tonight," said head coach Cindy Fisher. "They did everything they needed to do in order to win, and the play of Ashley Augspurger tells you why she's an all-conference player. We just have to stay positive, regroup and get two victories next week before heading into the tournament."

Wyoming will be back in action at home next week as they close out regular season play. They will host the San Diego State Aztecs, on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m., and then the UNLV Lady Rebels, on Friday night, at 7:00