Dec 28, 2003
BOULDER, Colo. - In their first game following the Christmas break, the Cowgirl basketball team (1-7 overall) suffered a 71-39 loss to the 13th ranked Colorado Buffaloes (9-1 overall) on Sunday afternoon in Boulder.
After both teams scored three point field goals early in the game, Colorado went on a 14-0 run to open up a
17-3 lead. The Cowgirls struggled offensively going almost six minutes without a point. After Wyoming scored a couple of baskets to close the score to 22-7, the Buffaloes scored eight straight to widen their margin to 23 points, 30-7. The Cowgirls tried to hang tough but continued to have a hard time getting anything to drop. Finally, a Kristen Lenhardt three-point field goal would get Wyoming in to double-digits with 12 points unfortunately CU had an answer for everything. They would score the final ten points of the half to take a 43-12 lead in to the locker room.
Junior Kristen Lenhardt led all scorers as she tallied ten of Wyoming's 12 points. She also was the leading rebounder with four. As a team, they were 5-24 (.208) from the field, while committing 12 turnovers. Kate Fagan led the Buffaloes with nine points, while Randie Wirt had a team high six rebounds. CU was 17-31 (.548) from the field.
The Buffaloes scored quickly to start the second half, but the Cowgirls responded with their biggest run of the game, 10-2, as junior Ashley Elliott finally got on the board to make the score 48-22. In fact, she would score 12 points in a row for the Cowgirls. Despite being down, Wyoming continued to battle and never gave up working until the very end. For the final six minutes, both teams played pretty even but in the end the CU deficit was too much as they would come away with the 71-39 victory.
Junior guard Ashley Elliott led the Cowgirls in scoring with 12 followed by Kristen Lenhardt with ten, Tarah LaPar with eight and Brenda Pickup with seven. Lenhardt and freshman Ali Camp both finished with a team high seven rebounds. For the game, Wyoming shot 15-52 (.288) from the field and 7-23 (304) from beyond the arc. Colorado had two players in double-figures as Tera Bjorklund finished with 16 followed by Kate Fagan with 11. As a team, the Buffs shot 27-57 (.474) from the field and out rebounded the Cowgirls 36-34.
"Playing a team of the caliber of Colorado you have to be ready to compete from the start. The first 20 minutes CU won every phase of the game, and being down such a large margin at halftime not only talks about our problems with execution but what Colorado was able to take us out of.
"We talked about competing at a higher level and again trying to improve with this young group of players. Sometimes the improvements are small, but you have to take what you can from each and every game.
"I was pleased with the effort Kristen (Lenhardt) gave along with Lorissa (Ewing) off the bench in her first significant minutes of the season."
The Cowgirls will travel back to Laramie as they will host three home contests over the next week. They will welcome the Cal State Northridge Matadors on Tuesday night starting at 7:00 p.m., and then the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks, Friday, January 2 and the Navy Midshipmen, Sunday, January 4. Both of those games will begin at 2:00 p.m. in the afternoon.