Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Falls Short Against Buffs, 73-62

Dec. 4, 2002

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Laramie, Wyoming -- The Wyoming CowgirlBasketball team (4-1 overall) suffered their first loss ofthe season against the Colorado Buffaloes (4-1 overall) bythe final of 73-62, on Wednesday night, in Laramie.

Wyoming opened the first half with seven straight points totake the early lead, which grew to 14-5. The Buffs ralliedto tie the score up, but a three-pointer by Carrie Bacon putthe Cowgirls back on top. It was short lived as CU tooktheir first lead, 18-17, and then went on a 10-0 run to goup by nine points. The Cowgirls struggled offensively goingalmost seven minutes without a basket, but rebounded with an11-4 run to close out the half and go into halftime down32-30. The leading scorer for the Cowgirls was Carrie Baconwith 11, while Darci Arsene led the team with threerebounds. Sabrina Scott led the way for the Buffs with 12points and four rebounds.

The Cowgirls scored the first four points of the secondhalf to regain the lead 34-32, which they would hold until a6-0 run gave CU a 45-41 advantage. Over the next severalminutes Colorado would take over the game and really openedup their lead after an 11-4 run made the score 56-45.Wyoming still had a lot of fight in them as they scoredseven of the next nine points to close within five points.Unfortunately, the Buffs and the score were to much toovercome as the Cowgirls fell 73-62.

"We played a great first half against Colorado," saidhead coach Cindy Fisher. "We were right in the game, butTera Bjorklund comes out in the second half and scores 20points. It was a great game, and I felt like the girlsworked hard, played hard and we had some nice runs. We haveto get to the point were we can control the offense, becauseat times I felt we were a little out of sync on theoffensive side of the ball. This will be a game that we'lllearn a lot from."

Wyoming was led by senior center Ann McColl, who finishedwith a team high 15 points and four rebounds. Two otherCowgirls were in double-figures including Carrie Bacon andAshley Elliott, who both finished with 13 points. As a team,the Cowgirls were 23-52 (.442) from the field.

CU was led by Tera Bjorklund, who scored a game high 23points. The leading rebounder was Randie Wirt with seven.The Buffs shot 60% (28-47) from the field.

The Cowgirls will now have ten days to prepare for theirnext game against Texas Tech. They will host the LadyRaiders at the Wyoming Shoot-out, on Dec. 14 at 5:30 p.m.,in Casper.