Cowgirls Win Thriller In Overtime

Dec. 1, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. - WYOMING 82, Nevada 78 - Box Score

The Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team(3-2 overall) defeated the Nevada Wolfpack (3-2 overall) in overtime,82-78, on Sunday afternoon in Laramie.

Nevada jumped out early to a 6-2 lead in the first half. The Cowgirlswould comeback not only to tie the score 6-6, but took the lead thatwould grow to 13-8. They maintained that advantage until the four minutemark of the half as the Wolfpack hit a couple of baskets to regain thelead, 31-29, and would go into halftime up 37-33.

The Cowgirls would fight back point by point from the beginning of thesecond half closing in on the Wolfpack. At the 13 minute mark, theywould tie Nevada at 47 all and from that moment on it was back and forthbetween the two teams. After going on an 8-2 run, Wyoming would seem totake control up 62-56, but Nevada had other ideas going on a 9-0 run oftheir own to gain a one point lead. It would go down to the wire at theend of the half as two big three-point shots by each team forced a 74-74tie and into overtime.

Wyoming dominated the overtime scoring the first eight points, whichwas enough for them to hold on for the 82-78 victory.

Nevada was led by Ashley Bastain and Kate Smith, who finished with ateam high 22 points. Katie Golomb led the way with a team high sevenrebounds. As a team, they were 31-74 (.419) from the field.

Junior Carrie Bacon was the highlight show for the Cowgirls, as shefinished with a season high 31 points, plus had a team nine boards. Shewas 11-18 from the field and 9-15 from the charity stripe. Darci Arsenealso had a good night with her third double-figure point game in a rowwith 13. The Cowgirls shot 27-54 (.500) from the field, along withoutrebounding the Wolfpack 41-38.

"I was really proud of the kids today," said head coach Cindy Fisher. "I thought they did a good job holding on in the overtime, stepping theirdefense up, getting key rebounds when we needed and executing on theoffensive end. I was pleased and felt freshman Ashley Elliott did a nicejob at the point guard position. She's definitely getting better everyday. Overall, our all-around effort was outstanding. We cameback andoutrebounded them in the second half and it was just the little things,the fundamentals, that were keys in this game."

The Cowgirls will hit the road this week as they will face MontanaState, on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m., in Bozeman.