SDSU Women's Basketball Drops MWC Home Opener To Wyoming, 71-60
Jan. 22, 2004
SAN DIEGO - Wyoming's consistent offense and 23 more trips to the free-throw line proved to be the difference, as San Diego State dropped its Mountain West Conference home opener, 71-60, Thursday in women's basketball action at Cox Arena. With the loss, the Aztecs fell to 5-10, 0-2 in conference play, while Wyoming improved to 6-10, 2-1 in the MWC.
Sophomore Veronica Shaw (Phoenix, Ariz.) tallied a season high in points for the second straight game, scoring 17, just one off her career high of 18. Freshman Michelle Elliott (Pasco, Wash.) scored 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting for her 14th double-figure scoring game this season.
Sophomore Ashlee Dunlap (Los Angeles, Calif.) also recorded 10 points and 10 rebounds for her 10th double-double of the season tying her season total in that category from a year ago. Aztec freshman Courtney Fritz (Newberg, Ore.) had five rebounds for a career high as SDSU out rebounded Wyoming 21-12 in the second half.
The Aztecs took their largest lead of the game early, jumping ahead 13-9 on a Lindsey Casey (Odessa, Texas) lay-up. Wyoming, after taking 11 of its first 12 shots from beyond the three-point stripe, then adjusted their game and converted their layup and free-throw opportunities, slowing chipping away at the SDSU lead. The Cowgirls would go up by four late in the first half before going on a 11-1 run encompassing halftime to take a 39-24 advantage with 17:51 remaining in the second half.
Wyoming's steady offense kept the SDSU offense at bay, as the Aztecs would get no closer than eight points, which they did on five occasions, including as late as 68-60 with 1:13 remaining. Three free throws in the final minute then secured the Cowgirl victory at 71-60.
Wyoming's Ashley Elliott, ranked second in the MWC in scoring, led both teams with 26 points, hitting eight of her 21 shots from the field and 10-of-14 at the line. The Cowgirls owned a 26-3 advantage in free-throw attempts in the second half.
San Diego State continues its two-game conference homestand by playing host to Colorado State Saturday at 5 p.m. at Cox Arena.