Cowgirls Earn First Victory of the Season, 61-43

Nov. 21, 2004

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Laramie, Wyoming - The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team improved their record to 1-1 overall with a 61-43 win over the Colorado-Colorado Springs Mountain Lions (0-1 overall) on Sunday afternoon in Laramie.

After UCCS scored the first basket of the game, the Cowgirls ran off eight unanswered to take an 8-2 lead. A three-point field goal by the Mountain Lions broke a long scoring drought, but Wyoming responded with a 10-0 run to increase their lead to 18-5. UCCS continued to struggle on the offensive end of the court as they managed to score only four points in that time span, and didn't reach double-digits until six minutes left in the half. The Cowgirls continued to score at will and built a significant lead at 28-14. Both teams closed out the half scoring a combined 16 points as Wyoming took a 35-23 lead in to the locker room.

Ashley Elliott led all scorers with ten points in the first half, while freshman Hanna Zavecz brought down seven boards to lead all players. As a team, the Cowgirls were 12-32 (.375) from the field and 7-11 (.636) from the charity stripe. UCCS was led by Julie Richards and Janine Ota with six points. The Mountain Lions were 10-20 (.500) from the field.

Out of halftime, the Cowgirls scored two quick baskets to go up 39-23, while the Mountain Lions went six minutes without scoring a point. They would make a small 5-2 run to pull within 14, but UW came back and scored the next seven of nine to take a 51-31 advantage. UCCS hung in there and tried to make it interesting with another 8-2 run, which made the score 53-40, but free throws at the end of the game would seal the 61-43 victory for the Cowgirls.

"I'm a little concerned with our offense right now," said head coach Joe Legerksi. "We're not necessarily taking bad shots, we're not making open shots and we need to go back and take a look the film and figure out what's going on. We did come out and were very aggressive on defense and made it difficult for the other team to score, but we need to take advantage of that on the offensive end.

"Erin Hicks did a great job for us tonight," he added. "To get almost a triple-double out of your point guard in 39 minutes of play shows the heart she has and the effort that she gives every night. She bounced back from the game the other night and I was pleased with the effort."

Two Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures, including junior Erin Hicks. She finished with a career high 19 points, eight rebounds and eight steals. She was also 5-8 from the field and 8-8 from the charity stripe. Her eight steals was a new Arena-Auditorium record, and second on the single game list. Senior Ashley Elliott also chipped in 13 points, three assists and three steals in 32 minutes of play. As a team, the Cowgirls shot 18-54 (.333) from the field and 20-26 (.769) from the free throw line.

The Mountain Lions were led by center Julie Richards, who finished her night with nine points and nine rebounds. She was followed by Lindsay Arnoldus with eight points. UCCS shot 15-42 (.357) from the field, but committed 31 turnovers.

The Cowgirls next game will be Friday afternoon as they host the Denver Pioneers at 2:00 p.m. in the Arena Auditorium.