March 13, 2003
Las Vegas, Neb. - The Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team (17-11 overall, 7-7 MWC) lost a disappointing game by the final of 59-56 to the CSU Rams (18-11 overall, 8-6 MWC) on Wednesday night in Las Vegas.
Colorado State opened up the game with an early 6-1 lead, but the Cowgirls responded with six straight to take their first lead of the game, 7-6. Over the next several minutes play was very even as both team traded baskets until a 6-0 scoring run by the Rams gave them a 16-12 advantage. Four unanswered from Wyoming tied things up and then each team played pretty even combining for eight points in a three minute period. Colorado State seemed gained a little momentum with a 7-0 run, but the Cowgirls kept it close going into halftime down 34-27.
Wyoming was led by Sophomore Sara Hippen, who finished the half with seven, while several Cowgirls recorded two rebounds. As a team, they shot 11-19 (.579) from the field. Colorado State was led by Jackie Campbell with eight, as the Rams were 12-23 (.522) from the field.
The momentum quickly shifted over to the Cowgirls to begin the second half as they scored on their first six possessions, which included nine from Carrie Bacon to tie the game up at 41 all. Colorado State would respond with a 10-2 run to open up one of their largest leads of the game 51-43. The Cowgirls answered with a 6-2 run to close the margin to four points and eventually tied it up at 53 all with a Carrie Bacon basket. There wasn't a lot of scoring over the next several minutes, but the Cowgirls would take their first lead of the second half 56-53 with almost four minutes remaining. A three-point shot from Katie Borton tied it up at 56 all and it was a defensive battle from that point on. It would come down to free throws by Joy Jenkins with six seconds remaining for the Rams to come away with a 59-56 victory.
"It was a great game," said head coach Cindy Fisher. "Obviously it came down to the wire and it was a battle from start to finish. I thought our defense played outstanding, unfortunately we couldn't finish it at the end. Colorado State played a good game and really battled as did both teams."
Senior Carrie Bacon led all scorers with a season high 26 points. She was 9-15 from the field and 7-9 from the charity stripe. Other Cowgirl scorers included Brenda Pickup with eight and Sara Hippen with seven. Sophomore Ashley Elliott recorded seven rebounds and five assists to lead the team. The Cowgirls were 20-41 (.488) from the field.
Four Rams finished in double-figures, including Joy Jenkins with 11. Three other Rams finished with ten, while Lindsey Thomas was the leading rebounder with seven. As a team, CSU was 12-23 from the field.