Nov. 22, 2002
Pullman, Wash. - The Wyoming CowgirlBasketball Team (1-0 overall) opened up the 2002-03basketball season with a huge 82-51 victory over theWashington State Cougars (0-1 overall) on Friday night inPullman, Wash.
The Cowgirls opened up the game on a hot streak and nevertrailed in the opening game of the season. A 22-0 run in thefirst half really widened the margin for Wyoming as theytook a 50-23 lead into the lockeroom. As a team, theCowgirls were 20-35 for 57 percent from the field comparedto 8-28 for 29 percent for the Cougars.
It was much the same in the second half, as the Cowgirlscontinued to dominate Washington State. For the nightWyoming created 27 turnovers and held the Cougars to under31 percent shooting for the game.
"It was a great team effort tonight," said head coachCindy Fisher. "Our defense was phenomenal. We pressuredthe ball, caused 27 turnovers and did a great job of playingposition defense. They worked well together as a team, whichallowed us to get out and run especially in the first half.I thought we jumped out early in the game, which is what youwant to do on the road. I felt everyone contributed in thegame, Chassie did on nice job rebounding and Ann McColl,even though her stats don't show it, had a nice game inthe post. Overall, it was a good effort and I'm proud ofthem."
Three Cowgirls were in double-figures including sophomoreAshley Elliott. She finished the night with a career tieing19 points and a career high seven rebounds, which was topson the team. She was also 6-14 from the field and 5-8 frombeyond the arc. Senior forward Carrie Bacon also finishedthe night in double-digits with 12 points and six boards. Asa team, the Cowgirls were 33-71 for 47 percent for the game.
Washington State was led by junior Bianca McCall, whofinished with a game high 18 points and 19 rebounds. TheCougars struggled hitting 17-56 (.304) from the field.
"I was really pleased with the play of Ashley Elliotttonight," said Fisher. "She was 5-8 from the three pointline and finished with 19 points, which is prettyoutstanding"
The Cowgirls will close out their road trip with a gameagainst the Eastern Washington Eagles, in their home opener,on Sunday afternoon at 3:05 p.m. in Cheyney, Wash.