Cowgirl Hoops Falls In Conference Opener

Jan. 15, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

With 24 points from juniorHeather Haanen, the Colorado State Rams defeated the Wyoming Cowgirls,86-69, in their Mountain West Conference opener.

Down by ten at the half, the Cowgirls would come out in the secondperiod and go on a 6-0 run to close the gap to four. The Rams wouldstill hold the lead until the 12:31 mark, when Jessica Gibbs hit ajumper to tie the game at 50. But a three-pointer and foul shot byfreshman Elizabeth English would put Colorado State up for good.

The Cowgirls had good play from both their starters and off the bench.Sophomore forward Carrie Bacon led the way with 23 points and sixrebounds. She was 11-18 from the field. Freshman Ann McColl added acareer high 13 points and two rebounds in 24 minutes of play. As a team,they shot 48% from the field, and had four players in double figures.

The Cowgirls are now 6-8 overall and 0-1 in the conference. They willcontinue conference play next week, when they face Utah and BrighamYoung.

Quotes from head coach Cindy Fisher

"I thought it was a great game. The last four minutes of the ball gamewe really struggled, and once Ann McColl went out the post game stoppedbeing established. We really made that a factor early, Ann came off thebench, played some good minutes, which we?ve been hoping for all year.She was 6-6 from the field, nobody could stop her, and we just need toget her more playing time."

"Like I thought it would be, it was a battle. Colorado State is a goodteam, and can shoot the ball from the three-point line as well asanyone. We just did a poor job defending it and we have to work on that.Overall, I was really proud of how the girls played, they played untilthe very end and we're getting better everyday."

"I'm very excited about this year, especially with some of our youngkids, like Carly, Ann, Christy and Carrie. We have young players, whoare expected to get out there and play against good teams. The mostexciting thing for me as a head coach is that they work harder everydayand want to get better. As long as they continue to do that it makes myjob easy, and I'm pleased with where we are. Obviously, I would likesome more wins, but it was a great game."