Nov. 13, 2004
Laramie, Wyoming --
The Wyoming basketball team wrapped up the 2004-05 exhibition season with an 68-39 victory over the Colorado School of Mines Orediggers, on Friday night, in Laramie.
It was a low scoring game through the first five minutes as the two teams managed to score a combined 11 points. Up 6-5, the Cowgirls went on a 10-0 run to go up 16-5 as the Orediggers went almost five minutes without a basket. After a Colorado School of Mines basket, Wyoming continued to dominate with a double-digit lead. In fact, it took the Orediggers until the seven minute mark of the half to reach double-digits in scoring. Unfortunately for them, the Cowgirls scored at will and went in to the locker room up 35-22. Ashley Elliott led the way with 12 points for Wyoming, while Kim Kilmer finished with seven for the Orediggers.
Right out of the half, the Cowgirls went on an 11-2 run to extend the lead to 46-24. The Orediggers continued their struggle to score points as they managed to only record eight points in the first 12 minutes of the second half. It would be all Cowgirls as they closed out the game and ran away with a 68-39 final.
"I'm pleased with our effort on the offensive end tonight," said head coach Joe Legerski. "I wasn't excited about the fact that we went 3-15 from the three-point line in the first half, but we really made an effort to get the ball inside, getting our post players inside and more importantly going to the free throw line 25 times. We were definitely the aggressor and that's what we needed to be.
"It was good to see Ashley Elliott come back tonight," he added. "Every now and then she's going to have a glitch in her game, for whatever reason the ball doesn't go in the basket, but all I can tell her is to continue shooting the ball. She did that tonight and scored 19 points."
Three Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures, including senior guard Ashley Elliott. She finished the night with a game high 19 points, along with three assists and two steals in 22 minutes of play. Both Sara Hippen and Hanna Zavecz recorded ten points each, while Kristen Lenhardt and Erin Hicks brought down eight rebounds. As a team, the Cowgirls were 22-55 (.400) from the field and 19-25 (.760) from the charity stripe.
The Orediggers were led by Ashley Gronewoller, who ended her night with ten points and four rebounds.
The Cowgirls will open the regular season on the road next weekend as they will face the Kansas State Wildcats, on Friday night in Manhattan, Kansas. The game is set to begin at 5:00 p.m. MT, and can be heard on www.wyomingathletics.com.