Cowgirls Dropped By BYU, 81-65

Jan. 12, 2002

*BYU 81, WYOMING 65 - Box Score

PROVO, Utah - The Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team (7-7overall, 0-2 in the MWC) ended their weekend road trip with a 81-65 lossto the Brigham Young Cougars (10-5, 1-1 in the MWC), on Saturdayafternoon, in Provo, Utah.

The Cowgirls came out fired up in the first half jumping out to anearly 6-2 lead, but the Cougars made a 7-3 run to tie the score at nine.A three-point shot would put Wyoming up 12-9 but only for a short timeas BYU scored eight straight points to take a 17-12 advantage. Theywould hold onto that lead until the three minute mark when the Cowgirlswould tie the score at 27-27. But despite a great effort by theCowgirls, the Cougars would score the final eight of ten points in thehalf to take a 35-29 lead into halftime.

Brigham Young would be the team to jump out in the second half as theywould go on a 11-4 run to up their lead to 46-35. That lead would growto 16 points, as BYU would score the next ten of 14 points, 55-39.Despite several tries by the Cowgirls, the Cougars and the lead werejust too tough overcome as they would fall by the final of 81-65.

Wyoming was led by junior Darci Arsene, who finished with a team high 19points and five rebounds. Junior Ann McColl also finished indouble-figures with 15 points and five boards. As a team, the Cowgirlsshot 20-60 (.333) from the field.

"I just thought we really struggled shooting the ball," said head coachCindy Fisher. "We had some good opportunities, but we just couldn't hitan outside shot and BYU took our post-game away. Our girls need to bemore confident and know they can hit some shots. Darci and Ann playedwell, and I was happy with Kristen Lenhardt's effort. She was given anopportunity to start as a freshman and she used that to it's fulladvantage."

The Cowgirls will open up their home conference season next week asthey will host UNLV, on Thursday night, and San Diego State, onSaturday.