March 6, 2002
LAS VEGAS - The Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team(13-15, 5-9) wrapped up their season at the MWC Tournament with a 82-69loss to the BYU Cougars (20-8, 10-4), on Wednesday afternoon in LasVegas.
The Cougars started the scoring early to take a 5-1 lead, but athree-point shot by Carly Stucky pulled the Cowgirls to within one. Butdespite the Cowgirls keeping it close a 9-0 run by Brigham Young wouldopen up a 33-22 advantage, their largest of the half. Wyoming hung toughscoring the next five of six points to close the lead to four points,but they would still go into halftime down 40-33.
The second half opened up with BYU hitting a couple of baskets to openup a 12-point lead. With the score 46-34 in favor of the Cougars,Wyoming would go on a 21-10 run to close within one point, 56-55.
Unfortunately, there was too much Erin Thorn and the BYU Cougars as theyclosed out the game on a 23-14 run to go on to the 82-69 victory.
"The one thing we asked the girls tonight was to leave it all on thefloor. BYU is a tough basketball team and physically for us it's a verydifficult match-up. For us to play straight man is difficult for us, andthey pretty much out-sized us in every single category and that's onething we have to work on. I just thought our girls left in all out onthe floor and that's just what we asked of them."
Wyoming had five players in double-figures, including Carrie Bacon andDarci Arsene, who finished the game with double-double's. Bacon recorded18 points and ten boards, which was the sixth time this season she hasdone that. Arsene finished the night with ten points and 11 rebounds.Ann McColl, Carly Stucky and Ashley Elliott also reached thedouble-figure mark. As a team the Cowgirls were 26-66 (.394) from thefloor and outrebounded the Cougars 36-35.
Erin Thorn finished the night with a game high 28 points for theCougars, as she went 10-16 from the field and 8-13 from beyond the arc.Brigham Young finished the night shooting 52% (28-54) from the field andan amazing 48% (12-25) from the three-point line.