Cowgirls Pull Out Close Victory

Jan. 2, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Wyoming - Wyoming 72-70 - Box Score

A last second shot by junior ChristyBacon was the key to a 72-70 victory for the Wyoming Cowgirl BasketballTeam, on Tuesday afternoon, against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

The Cowgirls led from the start of the first half, and two three-pointshot in a row by Shelby Hoffman gave the Cowgirls a 19-9 lead. But, theIslanders hung tough as they would fight their way back to only a onepoint defecit, 23-22. A couple of quick shots by the Cowgirls would onceagain give them a nine point lead, and they would take a 43-36 advantageinto halftime.

The Cowgirls maintained their lead in the second half, but at the 14:46mark and the score at 50-43, both teams would go into a terribleshooting slump. Neither team would score until the 10:17 mark with alayup by Jessie Monlux of the Islanders. It would then continue to be abattle for both teams. With the first tie of the half and the score at70-70, the Cowgirls had 14 seconds left to run the last play of thegame, and with four second left Christy Bacon hit a running layup tolead the Cowgirls to the 72-70 victory.

Detra Johnson was the leading scorer for the Islanders, finishing thegame with 22 points and five rebounds. As a team, they were 26-56 fromthe field and 16-21 from the charity stripe.

Shelby Hoffman was the leading scorer for Wyoming with 18 on the night.Senior Jessica Gibbs also had her fifth double-double of the season with14 points and 12 rebounds. The Cowgirls struggled a little from thefield shooting only 40% (26-66), but outrebounded the Islanders by ten.

"That last play, I just told them to look at any open gap and look atany play," said head coach Cindy Fisher. "Christy's strong point isprobably middle penetration and really taking it to the rim. She didexactly what we said, if there was a space to take the shot go for itand finish the play, and that's what we need to win today."

"This was a really good team for us to face before heading intoconference. They're a very athletic team, and a well-rounded team thatcan do a lot of things. Jessie Monlux had to be very inspired to well upher in Wyoming, with her being from Gillette, so I was happy to comeaway with this win. I knew it was going to be a tough battle, and in theback of my mind I knew that we needed a game like this before theconference schedule. I was really proud of how we turned it up, eventhough we didn't play our best defensive basketball game."

The Cowgirls are now 8-4 overall on the season They will close outtheir non-conference schedule on Friday night against Texas Pan AM at6:00 p.m., MST.