Cowgirls Come Up Short In Texas

Jan. 5, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

WYOMING at Texas-Pan American - Texas-Pan American 66-61 - Box Score

In a bid to win four games in a row,the Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball team fell short with a 66-61 loss to theTexas Pan AM Lady Broncs on Friday night in Edinburg.

After the Lady Broncs scored the opening basket of the game, theCowgirls would take over the lead from there with a couple of earlythree-point shots by Shelby Hoffman and Jessica Gibbs. With 7:58 to go,the Cowgirls would gain their biggest advantage of the half with a 30-20score. But Texas Pan AM would not go away as they would go on a 13-4 toclose the gap to 34-33. Fortunately for the Cowgirls, they would stilltake a 39-35 lead into halftime.

Texas Pan AM came out early and tied the score at 40-40, but Wyomingquickly regained the lead, 48-40, with a couple of baskets from AnnMcColl and a three-pointer by Shelby Hoffman. The Cowgirls advantagewould grow to 56-46, but the Lady Broncs had other thoughts. Texas PanAM was helped by a eight minute scoring drought by the Cowgirls and a15-0 run of their own. With the score at 61-57, a three-pointer byHeather Shaffner would make it 61-59, but a basket and a foul shot byNaima Williams would seal the 66-61 victory for the Lady Broncs.

"It's like I told them at halftime, that the second half is reallyimportant," said head coach Cindy Fisher. "We've got to execute, bereally patient, get second effort on the boards and we didn't do that.We really struggled to score, after we went on an eight minute scoringdrought, and people needed to step up and score and that wasn'thappening tonight. We should have dominated in the low post and wehardly go any looks down low. Overall, I think we struggled to get theball in the basket, and you don't want to do that on the road."

"I was disappointed, because I don't think we take any real positivesfrom this game in getting read for Colorado State. But I think up tothis point we'd played good basketball, and had a lot of confidence inwhere we were headed. We've got to get back and regroup and just realizethat one game doesn't make a season, and we've got to pick it up fromhere."

The Cowgirls fall to 8-5 overall in their final non-conference game ofthe season. They will open up conference play at home against ColoradoState on Sat., Jan. 13 at 2:00 p.m.