Dec. 17, 2004
Laramie, Wyoming - The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team had their six game winning streak, which included a 5-0 mark at home, snapped on Friday night with a 71-58 loss to the Weber State Wildcats. The Cowgirls drop to 6-2 overall while Weber State improves their record to 5-3.
Wyoming gained a very early 5-2 lead, but Weber State ran off eight straight to go up by five, 10-5. The Cowgirls responded with a 9-4 run of their own to even it up at 14 all. WSU quickly scored the next basket to regain the lead, but UW kept it close until an Ashley Elliott three-point field goal put them up by one, 19-18. It was short lived as the Wildcats out scored the Cowgirls 11-6 to take a 29-24 advantage. In fact, Wyoming struggled to score in the final minutes of the half as they went in to the locker room down by the score of 35-28.
Senior Ashley Elliott led all scorers in the first half with 16 points, while Becky O'Neil led the Wildcats with 14. The Cowgirls struggled from the field shooting 12-32 (.375) compared to 15-28 (.536) by Weber State.
The Wildcats picked up where they left off in the first half by scoring nine of 14 points to take a double-digit lead, 44-33, while the Cowgirls continued to struggle on the offensive end. With about ten minutes left in the game, Wyoming went on an 8-3 run to close the gap to eight points, but that was quickly answered by a Weber State three-point field goal to put them back up by 11, 54-43. The Cowgirls once again pulled to within seven unfortunately Weber State scored the next 13 of 17, which seemed to put the game out of reach with three minutes to go in the game. Wyoming didn't give up and made one final push and pulled to within ten, but their comeback fell short as the Wildcats took the contest 71-58.
"I give a great deal of credit to Weber State," said head coach Joe Legerski. "You can not be in a ball game when you allow a team to shoot 55 percent from the field and 42 percent from the three-point line. We looked mentally fatigued out there tonight and just didn't seem to know what we needed to do defensively. Weber State had all the energy and every time we tried to make a run they always had an answer."
Three Cowgirls finished the night in double-digits, including freshman Hanna Zavecz. She scored 18 of her 20 points in the second half, along with bringing down a team high nine boards. She was followed by Ashley Elliott with 19 and Erin Hicks with 16 points. As a team, Wyoming shot 23-64 (.359) and a disappointing 5-18 (.278) from beyond the arc.
Weber State was led by center Becky O'Neil who recorded 20 points and six rebounds. Sara Tuomi finished with 14 points and eight rebounds followed by Julie Gjertsen with ten points and a team high nine rebounds. The Wildcats shot 27-49 (.551) from the field and 12-14 (.857) from the charity stripe, while out rebounding the Cowgirls 41-25.
Wyoming will play their final game before the Christmas break on Monday night against the Northern Colorado Bears in Greeley.