Cowgirls Nearly Upset No. 20 Colorado State, 64-62, In OT
Feb 23, 2002
*COLORADO STATE 64, WYOMING 62 (ot) - Box Score
LARAMIE, Wyo. - The Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team (12-13 overall, 4-8 in the MWC) suffered a heartbreaking 64-62 loss in overtime to the Colorado State Rams (21-5 overall 10-2 in the MWC), on Saturday night in Laramie.
The Rams opened up with the first basket of the game, but the Cowgirls came back by going on a 14-8 run to open up a four point lead. CSU answered back with an 11-0 run of their own to open up a seven point advantage, their largest of the game. Wyoming was kept in it by a couple of three-pointers, and would go down into half, 23-29.
Wyoming hit the first couple of buckets out of the break to close within two, but the Rams continued to answer and hold onto the lead. With the score 41-34 in favor of the Rams, the Cowgirls would score eight unanswered points to take their first lead of the game at 42-41. Each team traded baskets for the remaining ten minutes and so it ended up 50-50 at the end of regulation.
The Cowgirls jumped out quickly in the overtime and with two minutes remaining held a 60-54 lead. But the Rams never quit fighting, a three-point shot by Jackie Campbell and a couple of buckets by CSU put them up 63-62 and they would go onto the 64-62 victory.
The Cowgirls were led by Cherrith Wiersma, who finished with a team leading 13 points. She was 4-8 from the field and a perfect 4-4 from the free throw line. Carrie Bacon was the leading rebounder with ten along with her 12 points. As a team, the Cowgirls were 24-72 (.333) from the field, while outrebounding the Rams 46-40.
CSU was led by senior Angie Gorton, who finished with 18 points and eight rebounds. The Rams shot .42% (22-53) from the field.
"We had this victory tonight, it was just ours to give away," said head
coach Cindy Fisher. "We played an excellent basketball game. I thought
the girls fought hard, executed the game plan perfectly, it just
camedown to a couple of shots and that's all there is to it. At the end
of the game, we didn't execute as well, turned the ball over when it was
very important, other than that it's a fantastic basketball game and
they did everything we asked them to do."