Dec 6, 2003
Lubbock, Texas - The Wyoming basketball team (0-4 overall) had a tough day as they struggled with the fifth ranked Texas Tech Lady Raiders (8-0 overall) in a 77-26 loss, on Saturday afternoon, in Lubbock.
It took the two teams almost three minutes to score, but an Ashley Elliott three-point field goal gave the Cowgirls the first lead of the game 3-0. The Lady Raiders responded with six straight to take a 6-3 advantage, and then both teams went on another four minute scoring drought before a couple of free throws from Texas Tech broke that streak. Wyoming continued to struggle on the offensive end as it wouldn't be until the nine minute mark when Ashley Elliott hit a field goal to make the score 15-5 in favor of the Lady Raiders. It didn't get any better for the Cowgirls as Texas Tech went on a 13-2 run to open up an even larger lead, 28-7. Despite being down, they answered back with five unanswered in the final minute to go in to halftime down by the score of 33-16. Junior Ashley Elliott led the Cowgirls with eight points and four rebounds in the half. They struggled shooting only 6-23 (.261) from the field and 2-10 (.200) from beyond the arc. Texas Tech was led by Jia Perkins, who also finished with eight points, while several Lady Raiders recorded three rebounds.
The second half didn't start out all that well for Wyoming as it wasn't until the 12:46 mark of the half before two Ali Camp free throws gave them 17 points, while a 9-0 run from the Lady Raiders opened up a 42-17 lead. Unfortunately it didn't get any better for the Cowgirls as they managed to score eight points in a seven minute span as Texas Tech continued to pour it on by taking a 61-26 lead. Unfortunately for the Cowgirls, they also wouldn't score a point in the final six minutes of the game, while the Lady Raiders had 16 unanswered to go on to the 77-26 victory.
Wyoming was led in scoring by junior guard Ashley Elliott, who managed to gain her third double-double of the season with 12 points. She also led the team with seven rebounds. Freshman forward Ali Camp also chipped in a career high eight points. The Cowgirls were a dismal 10-49 (.204) from the field and 2-16 (.125) from the three point line. They were also out rebounded 47-27 by the Lady Raiders.
Texas Tech was led by LaToya Davis as she finished her night with 14 points and five rebounds in just eleven minutes of play. The leading rebounder was Erin Grant with seven. As a team, they shot 31-60 (.517) from the field.
"It was a great opportunity to come in here and play a program the caliber of Texas Tech," said head coach Joe Legerski. "I have the up most respect for their staff and the program they have in place. We are very young and still learning how to compete in certain situations. This was no doubt a difficult situation to play so many young players.
"We really needed everyone to come up and make a couple of shots so that we could relax. We shot the ball poorly and with that everyone starts pressing a little bit more, which makes it more difficult as the game goes on. Everything starts to snowball on you and the score starts to jump because of their transition and we weren't coming up with baskets."
The Cowgirls will continue play on the road this week as they will travel to Cedar Falls, Iowa to face Northern Iowa, on Wednesday at 6:05 p.m. MT, and then up to Casper for the Wyoming Shoot Out as they will host the Montana State Billings Yellowjackets, on Saturday night at 5:30 p.m.