Cowgirls Fall In Double Overtime Game

Jan. 5, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. - Nevada at Wyoming - Nevada 90-81 (2 ot) - Box Score

The Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball teamfell to the Nevada Wolf Pack in a marathon double overtime game, 90-81,in Laramie Wednesday night.

Down 70-75 with 42 seconds to go, Shelby Hoffman would hit a threepoint shot to bring the Cowgirls within two. Freshman guard Carly Stuckywould send the game into overtime with a layup at the end of regulation.

In the first overtime, each team would squander opportunities. Only sixpoints total were scored by each team, in turn sending the game into asecond overtime.

The Wolf Pack would strike first, scoring a layup in the first momentsof the overtime. Their lead would grow to seven, and the Cowgirlscouldn't regain any momentum eventually losing the game, 90-81.

Nevada was led by Jessica Larsen, who finished the night with a teamhigh 23 points and five rebounds. As a team, the Wolf Pack shot 31-66for 47% from the field, and ended the night with 48 rebounds.

The Cowgirls were led by junior forward Jessica Gibbs, who had a teamhigh 23 points and a career high 17 rebounds and four steals. She was7-12 from the field and 9-10 from the free throw line. Wyoming was 28-82for 34% from the field and 77% from the charity stripe.

The Cowgirls are now 5-7 overall. They will travel this weekend to faceTexas A&M-Corpus Christi in their final non-conference game of theseason. They open up conference play on Jan. 15 against Colorado Statein Ft. Collins.

Quotes from head coach Cindy Fisher

"I really felt like with a minute left in the first half we broke downand let them back into the game, when we could have put them away. Wehad a twelve point lead at the time, turn the ball over, foul and theyscore six unanswered points. It was a ball game again instead of usgoing up by more. I think that really killed our momentum and hurt usgoing into halftime. We made some good adjustments at halftime,unfortunately we came out flat. I feel like this team still reallydoesn't know how to win, they play not to lose, and I felt like weplayed 15-17 minutes of phenomenal basketball. But to fight back and putit into overtime, I was proud of them, but we need to win games likethese at home."

"For two games now, Jessica Gibbs has really stepped up big for us. Itwas really key for Jessica to do that, and we talked about it after thelast game that we need that kind of production out of her. She isshooting the ball really well, we just need to get her more involved inthe offense. Jessica is the one who will do the blue collar job, and shedoes it very well."