Cowgirls Earn First Conference Victory

Jan. 17, 2002

*WYOMING 75, UNLV 58 - Box Score

Laramie, Wyo. (Jan. 17, 2002) -- In dominating fashion, the WyomingCowgirl Basketball Team (8-7 overall, 1-2 in the MWC) handed the UNLVRebels (14-2 overall, 2-1 in the MWC) their first conference loss by thefinal of 75-58, on Thursday night, in Laramie.

The Cowgirls opened up the first half with a fiery determination. Withthe score tied at 13, Wyoming would go on a 20-3 run to make the score33-16, a lead that would grow to its largest of 18 in the half. A 7-2run by the Rebels closed the margin to 11 points, but the Cowgirlsmanaged to take a 40-27 score into the half.

That same grit and determination continued in the second half forWyoming, as they would comeout and go on a 14-8 run to take theirlargest lead of the game 54-35. Despite several efforts by the Rebels,who could only close the gap to 11 points, the Cowgirls would hold on toa 75-58 victory.

UNLV forward Linda Frohlich continued to dominate as she scored a gamehigh 25 points, along with six rebounds despite fouling out of the game.Dishawn McCracklin and Constance Jinks also chipped in a team high sixboards. The Cowgirls held the Rebels to only 34% (22-65) shooting fromthe field and outrebounded them 48-34.

All five starters finished in double-figures for the Cowgirls includingsophomore Carly Stucky. She finished with a team leading 16 points,along with six boards and four assists. Carrie Bacon chipped in 13points, while Darci Arsene, Ann McColl and Cherrith Wiersma finishedwith ten. Arsene also finished the night with a double-double has sherecorded a team high ten boards. The Cowgirls shot 24-56 (43%) from thefield and where 7-16 (44%) from beyond the arc.

"This is a great win for us, because UNLV has been a team that we'vealways struggled with," said head coach Cindy Fisher. "They are a greatbasketball team, and I thought the effort and heart that our kids showedwas tremendous. I didn't think their was one time that we let down, theyobviously were going to have their runs during the game, but we did agood job of keeping them in check. Our bench also did a nice job ofcoming in and contributing regardless of how long they were on thecourt."

"I thought Cherrith Wiersma did a nice job defensively on ConstanceJinks tonight. She kept her in front and not letting her have easybaskets. The one thing about Jinks is she will get steals and easylayups, but I felt we did a tremendous job with defensive transition andreally whoever switched out on her did a nice job."

The Cowgirls will now host San Diego State, on Saturday afternoon, at2:00 p.m. in the Arena Auditorium. The Aztecs are 8-7 overall and 0-2 inconference play after falling to Colorado State, 49-58, tonight in Ft.Collins.