March 10, 2004
MWC Tournament Session 1 attendance record today: 2,924
(breaks the mark of 2,486 in session 1 at the 2002 Tournament)
Colorado State and Wyoming met for the fourth time in MWC Championship play with the Rams winning the prior three meetings. Wyoming's win today over the Rams was the first for the Cowgirls in conference tournament play, snapping a nine-game drought. The Cowgirls will play No. 1 seed New Mexico Friday at noon (MT), marking the first time Wyoming will face a No. 1 seed at the MWC Tournament.
CSU had won 12 straight in the series before dropping three of the last six in series play, including two this season.
Wyoming's Ashley Elliott connected on three of her first four three-pointers vs. CSU today and finished the game 6-of-13 from downtown. Her 13 three-point attempts ties Erin Thorn's (BYU) MWC Tournament record from 2002 (vs. Wyoming). Elliott has drained 21 treys in her last five games.
Including today's 29-point performance, Ashley Elliott has scored 20-plus points in four of her last six games, averaging 21.8 points per game in the span.
As a team, Wyoming took 74 three-pointers vs. Colorado State in three meetings this season, making 23. On the flip side, Colorado State was 13-of-46 beyond the arc in three games vs. the Cowgirls this year.
Joy Jenkins and Vanessa Espinoza of Colorado State have each made a three-pointer in 12 straight games, including today. The duo accounted for all Colorado State's makes and attempts (4-of-10) from beyond the arc today vs. Wyoming.
Colorado State's Jasai Ferrucho posted a season-high six steals today, which is also an MWC Tournament single-game record.
Wyoming used a 21-5 run to take a 26-12 lead midway through the first half, but Colorado State closed out the half on a 13-5 run to move within 31-25 at intermission (The Cowgirls also led 31-25 in the last meeting vs. Colorado State Feb. 27, but CSU outscored Wyoming 35-18 in the second half to take the game 60-49.)
CSU continued the run in the second half with a 16-3 run, taking a 41-34 lead with 12:42 remaining. Wyoming then rattled off a 7-0 run to ties the game 41-41 with 10:56 left to play and eventually took the lead for good at 54-52 with 3:41 to play.