Dec. 28, 2002
Laramie, Wyoming - The Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team (6-3 overall) lost a heartbreaker on Saturday night by the final of 65-63 to the Weber State Wildcats (6-3 overall).
Both teams opened up the game trading baskets, but with the score tied up at eight the Cowgirls would go on a 6-0 run to take a 14-8 lead. The Wildcats continued to battle as they outscored Wyoming 10-4 to tie up the game and eventually took their first lead 20-19. After that neither team held an advantage larger than three points, as Weber State took a 30-29 lead into halftime.
Wyoming was led by Ann McColl, who finished with eight points and five rebounds, while the Wildcats were led by Crystal Howe with ten points and four boards. As a team, the Cowgirls were 11-29 (.379) from the field and brought down 19 rebounds.
In the second half, Weber State scored the first basket and then proceeded to go on a 10-2 run opening up a 42-31 lead, as the Cowgirls struggled offensively scoring only four points in six minutes. The Wildcats maintained a double-digit lead for a majority of the half until Wyoming closed it to within six points, 55-49. With the score 60-53 in favor of Weber State, the Cowgirls scored the next eight of ten to pull within two. A free throw by Weber State's Karsen Muller put them up 63-60 with 30 seconds to go, but a huge three-point shot by sophomore Ashley Elliott tied up the game and it looked like it would go into overtime. Unfortunately, the Wildcats had other plans as a two-point basket by Crystal Howe with six seconds left gave Weber State the 65-63 victory.
"We should have never gotten ourselves in that deep of a hole tonight, which was the really disappointing part," said head coach Cindy Fisher. "I thought we played great in the first half and if we could have kept in going in the second half, it would have been a different game in the end. I don't know why we got so far down. I think we're still lacking a little bit of emotion and just getting after it at times, and really haven't put together a good 40 minute game. Overall, I thought we had good production from different people like Chassie Wiersma and Ashley Elliott had a big night. We just have to get everyone in their to give us productive minutes."
Elliott led the Cowgirls with 17 points, along with five assists. Seniors Carrie Bacon and Ann McColl were also in double-digits with 14 and 13 respectively, while McColl also led the team in rebounds with nine. As a team, the Cowgirls were 23-58 (.397) from the field but struggled from the charity stripe shooting only 15-23 (.652).
Weber State was led by Sheila Robertson, who led all scorers with 19 points. Crystal Howe was the teams leading rebounder with eight, while chipping in 18 points. The Wildcats shot 48% (24-50) from the field and 81% (13-16) from the free throw line.
Up next for the Cowgirls is a trip to Flagstaff, Arizona, as they will take on the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks on Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.