Cowgirls Earn Weekend Sweep
Jan. 19, 2002
*WYOMING 86, SAN DIEGO STATE 51 - Box Score
Laramie, Wyo. -- In decisive fashion, the Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team (9-7 overall, 2-2 in the MWC) earned their second conference win of the season and a sweep of the week by defeating the San Diego State Aztecs (8-8 overall, 0-3 in the MWC), 86-51, on Saturday afternoon in Laramie. Their wins over the Aztecs and UNLV Rebels over the week marked the first conference sweep for the Cowgirls since the 1997-98 season, when they defeated UNLV and Air Force.
Both teams opened up the game on pace for an exciting up and down the court match-up with each team trading baskets. San Diego State seemed to take control by opening up a 19-15 lead with eight minutes to go in the half, but the Cowgirls had other ideas. A 17-5 run to close out the half by Wyoming would give them a 36-26 advantage going into halftime.
San Diego State was the team that seem to open up the second half with
more intensity as they scored the first two baskets to close the margin
to six points, but that would be as close as the Aztecs would get.
Several huge runs during the half by the Cowgirls and a seven minute
scoring drought by SDSU proved to be the enough for the 86-51 victory
for Wyoming. They would outscore the Aztecs 50-25 in the second half,
despite being outrebounded 38-36 in the game.
Junior Carrie Bacon led the Cowgirls in scoring finishing with a team high 19 points, along with seven boards, three assists, two blocks and two steals. Forward Darci Arsene also chipped in 14 points in the winning effort. As a team, the Cowgirls shot a season high 52% (30-58) from the field and 78% (21-27) from the charity stripe.
Claire Swinbank led the Aztecs in scoring with 16 points, while Atim Otii finished with a team high eight boards.
"I think the big turning point in this game was the defense of Christy Bacon," said head coach Cindy Fisher. "Claire Swinbank came out in this game with a lot of confidence, shooting the ball and had 12 points before we put Christy on her defensively and she went scoreless the rest of the half. Honestly, I feel that our defensive effort was the biggest thing tonight. When you can depend on people to come in off the bench and stop their key player, that's huge."
The Cowgirls will now hit the road again as they will travel to Ft. Collins to take on the Colorado State Rams, on Friday night. The Rams are currently 15-3 overall and 4-0 in the conference.