March 5, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (16-11 overall, 7-7 in the MWC) closed out the regular conference season with a disappointing 65-48 loss against the New Mexico Lobos (23-4 overall, 12-2 in the MWC) on Saturday afternoon in Laramie.
Three Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures including junior Erin Hicks. She finished with a team leading 15 points and eight rebounds while shooting 6-11 from the field. Senior Ashley Elliott ended her night with 12 points and six rebounds, while Hanna Zavecz added ten points and five rebounds. Wyoming ended the game shooting 17-53 (.321) from the field
Freshman Dionne Marsh finished the game with 16 points and nine rebounds to lead the way for the Lobos, while senior Lindsey Arndt chipped in 14 points. New Mexico shot 23-48 (.479) for the game and 10-23 (.435) from beyond the arc.
Wyoming jumped out to an early 7-0 lead to begin the game while New Mexico went almost three minutes before scoring a basket. The Cowgirls extended their lead to double-digits as they went on an 11-2 run including nine unanswered to go up 18-4. UNM came back and scored the next eight of ten to pull within eight, 20-12, as the Cowgirls went several minutes without scoring. A three-point field goal by Erin Hicks broke the scoring drought, but the Lobos closed out the half on a 10-5 run. Despite that, Wyoming still managed to take a 28-22 in to the locker room.
Guard Erin Hicks led all scorers with eight points followed by Hanna Zavecz and Ashley Elliott with seven points each. Elliott and Zavecz also finished the half with four rebounds. The Cowgirls were 10-26 (.385) from the field. The Lobos were led by Katie Montgomery with six points, while guard Mandi Moore brought down six rebounds in the half. New Mexico shot 8-24 (.333) from the field.
New Mexico continued their hot hand as they opened up the second half with a 13-5 run to take their first lead of the game 35-33. They would extend that lead to six and eventually double-figures, 48-38, as the Cowgirls struggled on the offensive end. Wyoming tried to battle their way back in to it to pull within seven, but New Mexico quickly came back and scored eight straight to make the score 58-43. One final push by the Cowgirls brought the score to within ten but it wouldn't be enough as they came up on the short end of things 65-48.
"I thought we started out the game we played with a lot of emotion," said head coach Joe Legerski. "This New Mexico group is very talented and continued to hang in there and ended up getting it done. When you look at the stat sheet and see that they were 62 percent from the field and 60 percent from the three-point line in the second half, there is not else that you can do. We still have some basketball left to play and this team will bounce back again and get after it on Monday."
The Cowgirls will now travel to Denver, Colo. for the MWC Tournament which begins Wednesday, March 9 at the Pepsi Center. It will be determined later this evening who UW will play in the tournament with the bracket coming out at approximately 8:15 p.m. The game time the Cowgirls will likely play in is the four-five seed game at 2:30 p.m.