Women's Basketball

Cowgirls Basketball To Host Mesa State, Travel To Northridge

Wyoming Head Coach Cindy Fisher.

Wyoming Head Coach Cindy Fisher.

Dec. 16, 2002

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

Cowgirls Picked Sixth in MWC Preseason Media Poll: The Mountain West Conference announced its preseason media poll and allconference team at the MWC Basketball Media Day held at the J.W. Marriott in Las Vegas. With 49 points, the Wyoming Cowgirl Basektball Team was picked to finish sixth, and senior Carrie Bacon was picked on the MWC pre-season All-Conference Team. With eight first place votes, the Brigham Young Cougars were picked to finish first in the MWC.

A Recap of the Week: In front of a sell-out crowd of over 8,000, the Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team (4-2 overall) fell to the tenth ranked Texas Tech Lady Raiders (4- 1 overall) by the final score of 84-64, on Saturday night, at the Casper Events Center. The Cowgirls struggled from the beginning under a tough Texas Tech defense going almost four minutes before scoring a basket. The Lady Raiders also poured it on offensively by taking the lead 11-2 to start the game, which grew to 25-5 after a 14-3 scoring run. UW pulled within 12 points, but it was short lived as another Texas Tech run allowed them to take a 44-20 lead into halftime. Wyoming was led in scoring by sophomore Ashley Elliott, who had 14 points, while the Lady Raiders leading scorer was Cisti Greenwalt with 18. The Cowgirls struggled from the field shooting only 16 percent (5-31) for the half, but for Texas Tech it was a different story as they shot 61 percent (19-31) from the field. Despite never pulling closer than 18 points in the second half, the Cowgirls never gave up in the game. 14 second half points from Carrie Bacon and a significant improvement shooting from the field (.484, 15-31), the Cowgirls continued to hang tough as they outscored the Lady Raiders 44-40 in the half. Unfortunately, it was too much Texas Tech and Cisti Greenwalt as she scored eight more points in the game. The Lady Raiders went on to win the game 84-64 to improve their record to 4-1 as the Cowgirls dropped to 4-2 on the season. Three Cowgirls were in double-figures for the night including sophomore guard Ashley Elliott. She finished the night with a team high 18 points, seven assists and two steals. Senior forward Carrie Bacon recorded a team high six rebounds, along with chipping in 16 points, while Ann McColl ended the night with ten points. As a team, the Cowgirls finished the night shooting 32 percent (20-62) from the field and 83 percent (20-24) from the charity stripe. For the Lady Raiders it was Cisti Greenwalt, who finished 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 and outrebounded the Cowgirls 42-35.

About Mesa State: In their first game of the week, the Cowgirls will host the Mesa State Mavericks, on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., in the Arena Auditorium The Mavericks are currently 6-2 overall. They return two starters and ten letterwinners to a team that went 26-4 overall and 17-2 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference last season. This is only the second meeting between the two schools, Wyoming leads 1-0. The last time the two teams met was Jan. 9, 1979 in Laramie, as the Cowgirls won the game by a final 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 game before the Christmas break, the Cowgirls will face the Cal St. 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 that went 2-24 overall and 2-14 in the Big West last season. This is the first meeting between the two schools. Cal State Northridge is coached by Tammy Holder, who is in her first season 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 team like Texas Tech in the second half, and for the kids to come out and execute the way they did, I feel we can only improve as a team,? said head coach Cindy Fisher. ?This was a great opportunity for us to get better, especially against this kind of competition, it's only going to make us a better basketball team. There were some games in this pre-season that we knew were going to be tough, but from this point on we should be able to take care of business. We just need to move on from here, learn from this game and get ready for the conference.

Sister Act: The Cowgirls are making it a habit out of fielding a family atmosphere. 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 sister Christy from the squad.

The Cowgirl Record Watch: Senior Carrie Bacon moved into several categories during the 2001-02 season including points and rebounds. With 17 points in the victory against Northern Arizona, Bacon moved into the Top 10 in school history in scoring. She now looks to move 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 all the 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 from Stockton, Calif., Ewing was an Honorable Mention All-Area selection at St. Mary's High School. She was a member of the California Division 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 points and 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 her career 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 free throws and attempts.
  • Several other Cowgirls stand to make a jump into the record book, including senior Ann McColl in field goal percentage, free throws 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 the team in points (13.3 ppg), ranking seventh in the conference, and blocks (0.4 bpg), while senior Darci Arsene paced the Cowgirls in rebounds 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 most honorees in the conference. ( Darci Arsene, Carrie Bacon, Christy Bacon, Ashley Elliott, Sara Hippen, Lisa McCann, Ann McColl, Kelly McRee, Brenda Pickup, Chassie Wiersma, Cherrith Young). Five of those individuals, Darci Arsene, Christy Bacon, Lisa McCann, Ann McColl, 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 sister Christy from the squad.


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