Cowgirl Basketball Falls To Cougars On The Road

Jan. 18, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

*Wyoming at BYU - BYU 78-57 - Box Score

Despite a great effort on the night, theWyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team lost by the score of 78-57, on Thursdaynight in Provo.

The first twenty minutes was a real half of runs with neither team really taking advantage ofa lead. The Cowgirls opened the game with the hot hand scoring the firstsix points unanswered. The Cougars would answer back and eventually takethe lead at 12-10, which would only grow to a four point advantage forthem. With ten minutes left in the half, Ann McColl would hit four freeshots in a row to give the Cowgirls a 21-19 advantage. Despite losingthe lead for only a few minutes, they would take a 30-29 score intohalftime. Ann McColl led all scorers for the Cowgirls with nine points,while the Cowgirls shot 11-29 (.379) from the field in the half.

The second half wasn't much different from the first with each team notreally taking advantage of any scoring opportunities. But with 13minutes left in the half, the Cougars went on a 12-5 run to take a 55-49lead. The only scoring from the Cowgirls came from Shelby Hoffman fromthe free throw line. That lead would grow to 12, as Wyoming would go ona three minute scoring slump. Unfortunately, it was too much to overcomefor the Cowgirls as the Cougars were victorious, 78-57.

The leading scorer for the Cougars was guard Erin Thorn, who finishedthe night with 20 points and three rebounds. As a team, they were 28-60(.467) from the field and 10-25 (.400) from beyond the arc.

Sophomore Ann McColl was the leading scorer for the Cowgirls with 15points along with five rebounds. Shelby Hoffman also chipped in 11points. Unfortunately, the Cowgirls shot only 17-55 (.309) from thefield and only 3-16 (.188) from the three point line, despiteoutrebounding the Cougars 41-38.

"I was really proud of the team's effort for about 30 minutes of thisbasketball game," said head coach Cindy Fisher. "I thought we playedreally hard, and the efforts been there all year. They just need torealize that the effort has a purpose and you can be out there doingsome good things, it just has to have a purpose. I thought we reallybroke down defensively, we were getting beat on penetration and it washard to recover. I don't really understand why, but we sometimesbreakdown. When they went on a roll, we started to press and on theoffensive end we started to struggle. I feel once our defense picks up,we can control penetration, and our offense will pick up."

The Cowgirls now fall to 8-7 overall and 0-2 in the conference. Theywill face the University of Utah on Saturday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.