Cowgirl Basketball Loses Fourth Consecutive Game

Jan. 27, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. - *New Mexico at Wyoming - New Mexico 76-61 - Box Score

Led by senior Sonja Bryant, whofinished the night with 18 points, the New Mexico Lobos handed theWyoming Cowgirls their fourth consecutive loss, 76-61 on Thursday nightin Laramie.

The Cowgirls started off the contest strong gaining an 11-4 lead early,but the Lobos would make a 9-2 run to close the gap and tie the game at13. A three-point shot by Miranda Sanchez with 11:41 in the first halfwould give the Lobos the lead, which grew into a nine point halftimedeficit.

Out of the half, the Cowgirls would make a small 4-0 run to cut thelead to five, and that was a close as it would get. New Mexico wouldshoot 48% (23-48) from the field and 74% from the line to gain a 15point victory.

Junior forward Jessica Gibbs recorded her seventh double-double of theseason in leading the way for the Cowgirls with 18 points and tenboards. She was 6-9 from the field and 6-6 from the charity stripe.Wyoming shot 43% (22-51) for the game, but unfortunately were plagued bythe turnover bug with 29 on the night.

The Cowgirls are now 6-11 overall and 0-4 in the conference. They willhost the Air Force Academy Falcons on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.The Falcons come into the contest 4-13 overall and 1-3 in Mountain Westplay.

Quotes from head coach Cindy Fisher

"We just can't sustain a lead for a long time, and we're really lackingin work ethic right now, like getting down and playing solid defense. Wehave started out every game extremely strong, but players get into foultrouble and we have to sub off the bench. Until we get a solid post gamewe're going to struggle in this conference. When you have to playagainst strong kids like New Mexico has, we can't play with Carrie Baconand Jessica Gibbs in the post and that's what we're asking them to do,because they're getting it done. I felt like after the first fiveminutes it was going to be a great game, but we lack in sustaining thatcompetitive edge."

"Jessica was really focused tonight, and really aware of what sheneeded to do. She realizes that rebounding is her role, whether it beon the offensive or defensive end. I was very pleased with her effort,and thought she shot the ball very well."

"We just have to control our turnovers. Our post players are losing theball more than our perimeter, and we're making totally unforcedturnovers. We also knew the first four conference games would be anightmare, but we have to get the kids back on track and get ready forAir Force on Saturday."