Nov. 30, 2002
Fairbanks, Alaska - In the opening roundof the Mt. McKinley North Star Invitational, the WyomingCowgirl Basketball Team (3-0 overall) defeated theAlaska-Fairbanks Nanooks (2-1 overall) by the final of76-55, on Friday afternoon in Fairbanks.
The Cowgirls opened up the first half taking the early 14-7lead after going on a 6-0 run. They would maintain and buildupon that lead, along with holding the Nanooks scoreless foralmost a four minute stretch. With the score 23-11,Alaska-Fairbanks would make a run at the Cowgirls and scorethe next six of eight points to close within eight. It wasas close as they would get, as an 8-0 run by Wyoming wouldopen up their lead to 33-19. The Cowgirls closed out thehalf by making a 13-10 run to take their largest lead of46-29 into the half. The leading scorer for the Cowgirls wassophomore guard Ashley Elliott, who had 17 points, while theleading rebounder was Brenda Pickup with four. As a team,they shot 52 percent (16-31) from the field and 78% (7-9)from beyond the arc.
It was all Cowgirls to start the second half as they wenton a 12-3 run to open up their biggest lead of the game58-32, but Alaska-Fairbanks answered back with a 13-2 run toclose within 15 points, 60-45. Wyoming rallied with eightunanswered to regain a 25 point lead, 70-45, which would beall they needed as they went on to the 76-55 victory.
The Cowgirls were led by sophomore guard Ashley Elliott,who finished with a team and career high 20 points, alongwith having three rebounds and two assists. She was 6-7 fromthe three-point line and 7-10 from the field. The leadingrebounder was Carrie Bacon, who finished with eight, whileequalling that with eight points. As a team, they shot 42percent (28-67) from the field and 9-15 for 60 percent frombeyond the arc.
Alaska Fairbanks was led by Cody Burgess, who finished thenight with 24 points and nine rebounds. The Nanooks shot 37percent (17-46) from the field, while committing 27turnovers.
"It was really helpful that Ashley was on her gametonight," said head coach Cindy Fisher. "I thought ourpost players, even though they probably didn't score aswell, they were definitely a threat inside so in turn openedup the outside shot. I was really happy the whole teameffort and team chemistry. We played a lot of players, whichin turn will keep everyone fresh for the game tomorrow withthe quick turn around I was just really pleased with theeffort."
Wyoming will close out their weekend tomorrow in thechampionship game of the Mt. McKinley Invitational againstthe Rice Owls at 4:00 p.m. MT.