Dec. 10, 2003
Cedar Falls, Iowa (Dec. 10, 2003) -- The Wyoming basketball team (0-5 overall) couldn't catch a break as they fell 53-46 to the Northern Iowa Panthers (1-4 overall) on Wednesday night in Cedar Falls.
Both teams struggled to get anything going in the first few minutes of the half until a three point field goal from Ashley Elliott gave Wyoming an early 3-0 lead. They would hit two more baskets while the Panthers would go almost seven minutes before getting their first points of the game. After the Cowgirls went up by the score of 11-2, the scoring drought continued for Northern Iowa as it was almost six minutes before an Alex Cook field goal broke the streak. It seemed from that point the Panthers seemed to get things going as an 10-2 run pulled them to within two, 16-14, and eventually tieing it up at 18 all. In the last several minutes of the half, it was the Cowgirls who went cold as they could only manage to score only two points to go in to the locker room down by the score of 25-20.
Wyoming shot extremely well out of the half as they went on a 12-7 run to even up the score at 32 all. They gained an even larger lead as a couple of three-point field goals gave the Cowgirls a 38-32 advantage. It was short lived as the Panthers responded with five unanswered to pull within one 38-37. Wyoming maintained the lead until a 5-2 run from UNI helped them regain a lead 42-41, but a quick three-point field goal from Ashley Elliott gave the Cowgirls a two point advantage. Unfortunately, it was something they couldn't maintain as another seven unanswered from the Panthers helped them take a 49-44 lead. The Cowgirls could only pull within three points as they would fall again by the final of 53-46.
The Cowgirls were led by Kristen Lenhardt who scored a career high 11 points in 34 minutes of play. She was 3-5 from the field and 2-3 from the free throw line. She was followed by Ali Camp and Sara Hippen with nine points each. Camp also chipped in a career high 12 rebounds on the night. Wyoming shot 17-46 (.370) from the field and out rebounded the Panthers 38-26.
"I was pleased with the effort the kids gave tonight," said head coach Joe Legerski. "We're still looking for that first win, but we took a huge step in order to compete the entire 40 minutes and play to the end of the game.
"Kristen Lenhardt and Sara Hippen stepped up and hit some big shots tonight for us that really kept us in the game, along with Ali Camp who finished with 12 rebounds and nine points off the bench. We just need to take care of the ball to help us win at the end of the game.
"Overall, I was disappointed for our players as they competed so hard tonight, but I think they learned that you have to play all out night in and night out."
The Cowgirls will return home tonight and then travel to Casper, Wyoming on Friday as they will host the Montana State Billings Yellowjackets, on Saturday night at 5:30 p.m., in the Wyoming Shoot-Out. The game will be a part of a double-header with the men, who will play the Montana State Bobcats at 8:00 p.m.