Women's Basketball

Cowgirl Basketball Opens Up Exhibition Season With A Big Win

Junior Brenda Pickup finished with a team high 15 points and seven steals.

Junior Brenda Pickup finished with a team high 15 points and seven steals.

Nov. 9, 2002

Laramie, Wyoming -- The Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team opened up the 2002-03 exhibition season with a dominating 97-30 victory over the Colorado School of Mines, on Saturday afternoon in Laramie. The Cowgirls opened up the game by scoring the first 13 points, holding the Colorado School of Mines without a basket until the 12:30 mark in the first half. Over the next several minutes, Wyoming went on a 13-0 run to open up a 26-2 lead. After a quick couple of baskets by the Orediggers, the UW defense didn't allow a basket for almost four minutes. The Cowgirls would go into the half with a 50-13 lead as they out scored the Orediggers 27-7 over the remaining six minutes of the half. The leading scorer for the Cowgirls in the half was Darci Arsene, who finished the half with nine points, while Colorado School of Mines was led by Heather Angel with four points.

The second half was much of the same as it was extremely difficult for the Orediggers to score, as they were held to only 17 points in the half. The Cowgirl offense really turned it on as they went on two huge runs to go up at one point by 68 points, while the defense held the opposition to a ten minute scoring drought. Wyoming would run away with the game easily 97-30.

"We really tried to do a lot of things defensively today," said head coach Cindy Fisher. "We wanted to see how much pressure we could apply and I was very surprised, because I felt we're a little ahead of what we expected at this point. With Brenda, Ashley, Chassie and Cherrith, who is one of our top defenders, it really gives us that depth in order to play that pressure defense."

"At this point we trying to evaluate where we are, and confidence is really important at the early stages of the season. Some individuals came in off the bench and contributed, as everyone got to play, and the freshmen came in and showed some nice things. Overall, I thought the team played well together, had good communication going and there are certain things you want to evaluate at this point of the year."



Wyoming had four of five starters in double-figures, including junior Brenda Pickup. She finished with a team high 15 points and seven steals. Sophomore Ashley Elliott was also in double-digits with 14 points, seven assists and one blocked shot. Forward Carrie Bacon was the leading rebounder with six, while chipping in 13 points. As a team, the Cowgirls shot .581 (36-62) from the field and .840 (21-25) from the charity stripe.

Colorado School of Mines was led by Heather Angel, who was the leading scorer with eight points. Several players led the team with three rebounds. The Orediggers finished the night shooting only 23% (11-48) from the field and turned the ball over 36 times.

The Cowgirls will play one more exhibition game before they begin regular season play. They will host Metro State, on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. in Laramie.

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