Cowgirls Win Big Over Chicago State, 70-44
Feb. 19, 2002
WYOMING 70, Chicago State 44 - Box Score
LARAMIE, Wyo. - With offense from some unexpected places, the Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team (12-12 overall), by a 26-point margin, defeated the Chicago State Cougars (8-17 overall) by the final of 70-44, on Tuesday night, in Laramie.
The Cowgirls opened up the scoring early with two three-point shots by Carly Stucky, which would grow to a 19-9 advantage. Defense was a big part of the game, as it wouldn't be until the seven-minute of the half before Chicago State would get into double-digits, and Wyoming continued to pour it on defensively as they only allowed the Cougars to score six points in the remaining five minutes of the half and a 26% shooting percentage from the field. They would take a 37-15 margin into the half. Offensively, the bright spots were freshman Ashley Elliott and Tara Rimsky, who finished with 12 and eight points respectively, as the Cowgirls were 44% (11-25) from the field and 50% (6-12) from beyond the arc.
In the second half, the Cowgirls continued to dominate with their young freshmen, as head coach Cindy Fisher had the opportunity to play her younger kids. They would maintain anywhere from a 21 to 30-point lead throughout the half, going onto the 70-44 victory.
Four Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures, including Ashley
Elliott and Tara Rimsky, who both notched career high nights. Elliott
finished with 19 points and six steals, while hitting 5-9 from the field
and a perfect 6-6 from the charity stripe. Rimsky, in just seven minutes
of play, had a career high 15 points, shooting 3-4 from the three-point
line and 6-6 from the free throw line. Senior Christy Bacon also
finished with a season high 12 points, while freshman Sara Hippen led
the Cowgirls with a career high seven rebounds. As a team, the Cowgirls
shot 45% (23-51) from the field and 15-19 (.429) from beyond the arc.
Despite being outrebounded by the Cougars, the Cowgirls finished the
evening with 16 assists and 17 steals.
For Chicago State, they were led by Michelle Allen who finished with 13 points, along with nine boards. Krisey Sanders led the team with ten rebounds, plus chipped in ten points. As a team, the Cougars were held to 30% (16-54) from the field, while committing 26 turnovers.
"I thought our young kids came off the bench and did a great job," said head coach Cindy Fisher. "They have a lot of confidence and took advantage of their time to play. I always tell them when they get on the floor make sure you make the most of it, and I felt that they all did that tonight. They all really stepped up and played hard, some scored or played defensive better than others, but as a group for them to really compete against an experienced team like Chicago State to compete the way they did I was very happy."
Wyoming will now host the Colorado State Rams, on Saturday night, at 7:00 p.m.