Nov. 22, 2003
Denver, Colo. - Head Coach Joe Legerski and the Wyoming basketball team (0-1 overall) opened up the 2003-04 season with a 62-39 loss to the Denver Pioneers (1-0 overall) on Saturday night in Denver.
Denver jumped out quickly with a 5-0 lead, but the Cowgirls responded with four straight points to pull within one. Wyoming hung around with the Pioneers until the 12-minute mark of the first half when DU would go on an 11-0 run to take a 22-9 advantage. Despite being down, the Cowgirls kept their composure and scored the final seven of eleven points of the half to go in to the locker room down 26-16. Two Cowgirls finished the half with a team leading five points, while junior forward Sara Hippen led the way with four rebounds. As a team, UW struggled shooting 5-18 (.278) from the field compared to 10-21 (.476) by the Pioneers.
Unfortunately for the Cowgirls things didn't fair much better in the second half as they never could chip away at the Pioneers double-digit lead. They improved their shooting percentage, but struggled to really get any offense going. Denver and the deficit were just too much to handle as they would go on to the 62-39 victory.
The Cowgirls were led by Brenda Pickup, who was the only Wyoming player to finish in double-digits with ten. She was followed by Ashley Elliott with eight and Kristen Lenhardt with six. Junior Sara Hippen and Michelle Lieber both finished the contest with five rebounds. As a team, they were 13-39 (.333) from the field, but committed 31 turnovers on the night.
Denver was led by Tasha Jones, who recorded 20 points, while two Pioneers finished with a team leading three rebounds. DU was 23-41 (.561) from the field, plus picked the Cowgirls pockets 16 times.
"Our inexperience showed in the fact that we turned the ball over 31 times tonight," said head coach Joe Legerski. "It was a typical first game with only two players with Division I experience. They played hard and I was especially pleased with the play of Annie Gorenstein and Tarah LaPar. Like I said earlier this season, we just need to continue to improve everyday."
The Cowgirls will open up the 2003-04 home season on Monday by hosting the Washington State Cougars at 7:00 p.m. in the Arena Auditorium.