Cowgirls Basketball To Host Mesa State, Travel To Northridge

Dec. 16, 2002

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Coming Up For the Cowgirls: The Cowgirls will host a game this week and then head outon the road for one game. They will host the Mesa State Mavericks, on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., andthen will play the Cal State Northridge Matadors, on Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. MT, inNorthridge, Calif.

Cowgirls Picked Sixth in MWC PreseasonMedia Poll: The Mountain West Conferenceannounced its preseason media poll and allconferenceteam at the MWC Basketball MediaDay held at the J.W. Marriott in Las Vegas. With 49points, the Wyoming Cowgirl Basektball Team waspicked to finish sixth, and senior Carrie Bacon waspicked on the MWC pre-season All-ConferenceTeam. With eight first place votes, the BrighamYoung Cougars were picked to finish first in theMWC.

A Recap of the Week: In front of a sell-out crowd ofover 8,000, the Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team (4-2overall) fell to the tenth ranked Texas Tech Lady Raiders (4-1 overall) by the final score of 84-64, on Saturday night, atthe Casper Events Center.The Cowgirls struggled from the beginning under atough Texas Tech defense going almost four minutesbefore scoring a basket. The Lady Raiders also poured it onoffensively by taking the lead 11-2 to start the game,which grew to 25-5 after a 14-3 scoring run. UW pulledwithin 12 points, but it was short lived as another TexasTech run allowed them to take a 44-20 lead into halftime.Wyoming was led in scoring by sophomore AshleyElliott, who had 14 points, while the Lady Raiders leadingscorer was Cisti Greenwalt with 18. The Cowgirls struggledfrom the field shooting only 16 percent (5-31) for the half,but for Texas Tech it was a different story as they shot 61percent (19-31) from the field.Despite never pulling closer than 18 points in thesecond half, the Cowgirls never gave up in the game. 14second half points from Carrie Bacon and a significantimprovement shooting from the field (.484, 15-31), theCowgirls continued to hang tough as they outscored theLady Raiders 44-40 in the half. Unfortunately, it was toomuch Texas Tech and Cisti Greenwalt as she scored eightmore points in the game. The Lady Raiders went on to winthe game 84-64 to improve their record to 4-1 as theCowgirls dropped to 4-2 on the season.Three Cowgirls were in double-figures for the nightincluding sophomore guard Ashley Elliott. She finished thenight with a team high 18 points, seven assists and twosteals. Senior forward Carrie Bacon recorded a team highsix rebounds, along with chipping in 16 points, while AnnMcColl ended the night with ten points. As a team, theCowgirls finished the night shooting 32 percent (20-62)from the field and 83 percent (20-24) from the charitystripe.For the Lady Raiders it was Cisti Greenwalt, whofinished with a game high 26 points and seven boards,while Jia Perkins and Plenette Pierson both chipped in 14.Texas Tech shot 56 percent (35-63) for the game andoutrebounded the Cowgirls 42-35.

About Mesa State: In their first game of the week, theCowgirls will host the Mesa State Mavericks, on Tuesday at7:00 p.m., in the Arena Auditorium The Mavericks arecurrently 6-2 overall. They return two starters and tenletterwinners to a team that went 26-4 overall and 17-2 inthe Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference last season. Thisis only the second meeting between the two schools,Wyoming leads 1-0. The last time the two teams met wasJan. 9, 1979 in Laramie, as the Cowgirls won the game by afinal of 75-57. Mesa State is coached by Steve Kirkham,who is entering his 15th season with the program.About Cal State Northridge: In their final gamebefore the Christmas break, the Cowgirls will face the CalSt. Northridge Matadors, on Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.MT, in Northridge. The Matadors are currently 0-5 overall.They return no starters or letterwinners to a team thatwent 2-24 overall and 2-14 in the Big West last season.This is the first meeting between the two schools. Cal StateNorthridge is coached by Tammy Holder, who is in her firstseason with the program and her ninth as a head coach.Quotes from the Head Coach:

On Texas Tech: ?To play as well as we did against a teamlike Texas Tech in the second half, and for the kids to comeout and execute the way they did, I feel we can only improveas a team,? said head coach Cindy Fisher. ?This was a greatopportunity for us to get better, especially against this kind ofcompetition, it's only going to make us a better basketballteam. There were some games in this pre-season that weknew were going to be tough, but from this point on weshould be able to take care of business. We just need to moveon from here, learn from this game and get ready for theconference.

Sister Act: The Cowgirls are making it a habit out offielding a family atmosphere. For the 11th consecutive year,Wyoming will have a set of sisters on the team with seniorsChassie Wiersma and Cherrith Young. They are the only set ofsisters on this years' team, as forward Carrie Bacon will flysolo this season with the departure of her sister Christy fromthe squad.

The Cowgirl Record Watch: Senior Carrie Bacon moved into several categories duringthe 2001-02 season including points and rebounds. With 17 points in the victory againstNorthern Arizona, Bacon moved into the Top 10 in school history in scoring. She now looks tomove up in those categories this season and currently ranks seventh with 1317 career points.She also moved into tenth place in the Top 10 in rebounds with 605.

2002-03 Cowgirl Quick Notes

  • The Cowgirls return four starters, along with seven other returning letterwinners, who saw significant playing time in 2001-02. In allthe Cowgirls return 11 letterwinners, while only losing four.
  • 9 of the 11 returning letterwinners played in 15 games or more in 2001-02, which included three freshmen and one sophomore.
  • Fiveunderclassmen played a combined 95 games in 2001-02, including all 28 by true freshman Ashley Elliott.
  • The Cowgirls welcome two newcomers to this year's team, freshmen Lorissa Ewing and Michelle Taylor. A 6-2 forward fromStockton, Calif., Ewing was an Honorable Mention All-Area selection at St. Mary's High School. She was a member of the CaliforniaDivision II State Championship Team that went 33-3 overall during the 2001-02 season.
  • Senior Carrie Bacon returned to her old form last season, as she earned Second Team All-MWC honors, after averaging 13.3 pointsand 6.3 rebounds per game. Bacon also garnered Academic All-MWC, Scholar Athlete and Second Team Verizon Academic All-District VII honors during the 2001-02 season.
  • During the 2001-02 season, she also continued her climb into the Cowgirl record book as she surpassed the 1,000 point mark in hercareer in the game against Texas Pan American (12,21/01). She currently ranks eighth with 1,248.
  • She stands to move up or into several career categories, which include rebounding, steals, assists, field goals and attempts and freethrows and attempts.
  • Several other Cowgirls stand to make a jump into the record book, including senior Ann McColl in field goal percentage, freethrows and free throw attempts.
  • One other Cowgirl, Darci Arsene, earned Honorable Mention All-Conference honors last year.
  • Wyoming returns three of five major statistical category leaders to the team from the 2001-02 season. Senior Carrie Bacon led theteam in points (13.3 ppg), ranking seventh in the conference, and blocks (0.4 bpg), while senior Darci Arsene paced the Cowgirls inrebounds with 6.9 per game. All three ranked among the best in the conference during the season.
  • Wyoming had a record number 11 Academic All-MWC selections in the conference this past season, which led with the mosthonorees in the conference. ( Darci Arsene, Carrie Bacon, Christy Bacon, Ashley Elliott, Sara Hippen, Lisa McCann, Ann McColl, KellyMcRee, Brenda Pickup, Chassie Wiersma, Cherrith Young). Five of those individuals, Darci Arsene, Christy Bacon, Lisa McCann, AnnMcColl, and Brenda Pickup, are all repeat selections.
  • For the 11th consecutive year, Wyoming will have a set of sisters on the team with seniors Chassie Wiersma and Cherrith Young.They are the only set of sisters on this years' team, as forward Carrie Bacon will fly solo this season with the departure of her sisterChristy from the squad.