Cowgirl Basketball Opens Up Exhibition Season With A Big Win

Nov. 9, 2002

Laramie, Wyoming -- The Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Teamopened up the 2002-03 exhibition season with a dominating 97-30 victoryover the Colorado School of Mines, on Saturday afternoon in Laramie. The Cowgirls opened up the game by scoring the first 13 points, holdingthe Colorado School of Mines without a basket until the 12:30 mark inthe first half. Over the next several minutes, Wyoming went on a 13-0run to open up a 26-2 lead. After a quick couple of baskets by theOrediggers, the UW defense didn't allow a basket for almost fourminutes. The Cowgirls would go into the half with a 50-13 lead as theyout scored the Orediggers 27-7 over the remaining six minutes of thehalf. The leading scorer for the Cowgirls in the half was Darci Arsene,who finished the half with nine points, while Colorado School of Mineswas led by Heather Angel with four points.

The second half was much of the same as it was extremely difficult forthe Orediggers to score, as they were held to only 17 points in thehalf. The Cowgirl offense really turned it on as they went on two hugeruns to go up at one point by 68 points, while the defense held theopposition to a ten minute scoring drought. Wyoming would run away withthe game easily 97-30.

"We really tried to do a lot of things defensively today," said headcoach Cindy Fisher. "We wanted to see how much pressure we could applyand I was very surprised, because I felt we're a little ahead of what weexpected at this point. With Brenda, Ashley, Chassie and Cherrith, whois one of our top defenders, it really gives us that depth in order toplay that pressure defense."

"At this point we trying to evaluate where we are, and confidence isreally important at the early stages of the season. Some individualscame in off the bench and contributed, as everyone got to play, and thefreshmen came in and showed some nice things. Overall, I thought theteam played well together, had good communication going and there arecertain things you want to evaluate at this point of the year."

Wyoming had four of five starters in double-figures, including juniorBrenda Pickup. She finished with a team high 15 points and seven steals.Sophomore Ashley Elliott was also in double-digits with 14 points, sevenassists and one blocked shot. Forward Carrie Bacon was the leadingrebounder with six, while chipping in 13 points. As a team, the Cowgirlsshot .581 (36-62) from the field and .840 (21-25) from the charitystripe.

Colorado School of Mines was led by Heather Angel, who was the leadingscorer with eight points. Several players led the team with threerebounds. The Orediggers finished the night shooting only 23% (11-48)from the field and turned the ball over 36 times.

The Cowgirls will play one more exhibition game before they beginregular season play. They will host Metro State, on Thursday night at7:00 p.m. in Laramie.