Dec. 17, 2002
Laramie, Wyo. (Dec. 17, 2002) -- The Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team improved their record to 5-2 overall after defeating the Mesa State Mavericks (6-3 overall) by the final of 75-47, on Tuesday night in Laramie.
The Cowgirls opened up the game scoring nine unanswered before Mesa State scored their first two points, off of free throws, almost four minutes into the game. Scoring was scarce over the next several minutes as the two teams combined for eight points as Wyoming took a 15-4 lead, but a 5-0 run by the Mavericks helped them close to within six points. UW answered back with a 15-5 run of their own to go up 30-14, and went on to outscore Mesa State 10-7 in the final three minutes to take a 40-21 lead into the half.
Ann McColl led all scorers with 17 points, while the Mavericks Natalie Rogers recorded nine rebounds to lead the way. As a team, the Cowgirls were 13-32 (.406) from the field and 14-17 (.824) from the free throw line compared to 7-37 (.182) from the field by the Mavericks.
After Wyoming scored the first couple of baskets to begin the half, Mesa State ran off six straight to close the score to 45-31. The Cowgirls responded with a run of their own to regain a 20 point margin. The Mavericks hung tough and battled the entire game, but the Cowgirls were too much to handle. They would outscore Mesa State 19-7 over the final eight minutes to go onto the 75-47 victory.
"Mesa State did exactly what we thought they would do and at this point we probably needed to go against a team like that," said head coach Cindy Fisher. "I thought a few of our kids got tight in the early part of the game, shots weren't falling and they got flustered a bit. We started to attack inside, changed our offense up and tried to get it into the post, which the kids did a good job of executing. We started out this game a little flat, but I'm proud of the kids as they continued to push through and worked very hard tonight."
Three Cowgirls finished in double-figures, including Ann McColl. She led all scorers with 17 points, while chipping in seven boards, three blocks, two assists and one steal. Senior Carrie Bacon finished the evening with a 13 points and ten rebounds, along with forward Darci Arsene, who also chipped in 13 points. Wyoming finished the night shooting 25-59 (.424) from the field and a season high 23-27 (.852) from the charity stripe.
Mesa State was led by Lori Eddy, who led her team in scoring with 11 points. Natalie Rogers finished the night with a game high 11 rebounds, along with seven points. The Mavericks were 15-63 (.238) from the field and struggled committing 24 turnovers.
The Cowgirls will now travel to California over the weekend to face the Cal State Northridge Matadors, on Sunday afternoon, at 3:00 p.m. in Northridge.