Nov. 30, 2002
Fairbanks, Alaska - The Wyoming CowgirlBasketball Team moved to a perfect 4-0 record to start theseason after a 82-64 victory over the Rice Owls (1-3overall), on Saturday afternoon at the Mt. McKinley BankNorth Star Invitational.
The Cowgirls opened up the game by taking a 10-4 lead, sixof those points coming from forward Carrie Bacon. Ricestormed back with six unanswered to tie it up at ten, butWyoming quickly regained the lead 15-10. Despite theCowgirls maintaining a lead, the Owls kept it close withintwo, 19-17. A 12-6 run by Wyoming opened up one of thebiggest leads of the half at eight points, but Rice hadsomething else in mind with eight straight of their own totie it up at 31 all, and then taking their first lead 34-33.It was a defensive battle from that moment as only fourpoints were scored over the final two minutes and theCowgirls taking a 38-34 into the half. The leading scorerfor the half was Carrie Bacon with 14 points, while theleading rebounder was Johnetta Hayes of Rice with six.
Rice came out quickly in the second half and tied it up at38, but Wyoming ran off 12 straight points to open up a50-38 lead. The Owls closed within seven points, but thatwas as close as they would get. The Cowgirls maintained adouble-digit cushion for the remainder of the game,including their largest lead of 20 points. The Cowgirls notonly won the game, 82-64, but the Mt. McKinley Bank NorthStar Invitational Tournament.
Four of five starters finished in double-figures includingjunior guard Brenda Pickup. She finished with 19 points,five assists and four steals, which earned her MVP honorsfor the tournament. Darci Arsene and Ashley Elliott alsoearned All-Tournament Team honors. Arsene finished the nightwith 19 points, while Elliott had ten on the evening. Theleading rebounder for the Cowgirls was Carrie Bacon, whofinished with six, along with chipping in 18 points. As ateam, the Cowgirls shot 56 percent (28-50) from the field.
"I thought we played great team basketball tonight,"said head coach Cindy Fisher. "Our defense wasoutstanding, they worked hard and made things happen.Overall, we had an outstanding tournament. This was a hugewin for us tonight and gives us a lot of confidence headinginto this week's game against Colorado. If we can keepthis great balance and hard work going we're going to havea great year. I'm just excited about how well they workedtogether as a team."
The Cowgirls will now host the Colorado Buffaloes, onWednesday night, in Laramie at 7:00 p.m.