Cowgirl Basketball Earns First Conference Victory

Jan. 29, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

*Air Force at Wyoming - Wyoming 86-72 - Box Score

The Wyoming Cowgirls earned theirfirst Mountain West Conference win against the Air Force AcademyFalcons, 86-72, on Saturday afternoon.

The Cowgirls jumped out to an early 7-0 lead on the Falcons, whicheventually grew to a 20-5 score. But Air Force bounced back going on a14-0 run to take the lead 22-20 at the 4:49 mark. Two free throws and athree-point shot by Shelby Hoffman would give the Cowgirls the leadback, and they would take a three point advantage into the half.

In the second half, Wyoming looked like they would pull away from AirForce, and with 9:00 minutes left held a 16 point advantage. The Falconshad an answer though in the form of the three-point shot and closing thegap back to seven. Fortunately, the Cowgirls had enough to hold onto thelead and win by 14.

Wyoming had four players in double figures, including Shelby Hoffman,who finished the night with 23 points. She was 6-10 from the three-pointline and 5-6 from the charity stripe. Carrie Bacon had her seventhdouble-double of the season, as she finished the afternoon with 13points and 11 boards.

The Cowgirls are now 7-11 overall, tieing their win total from the1998-99 season, and 1-4 in the Mountain West Conference. They willtravel to San Diego State and UNLV next week.

Quotes from head coach Cindy Fisher

"This is a big weight off of our shoulders getting this win. Air Forceis a much improved team, and I knew this was going to be a battle cominginto the game. We did a lot of different things to prepare for thisgame, and my pregame talk was much different than usual. I think thebiggest key for me is just to relax and let this young team grow, whichis hard. The kids needed a win, it really helps our confidence and itwill be good for us when we go back on the road.

"I think it was a big factor for us to take a lead into halftime. Whenyour confidence is down, and it's happened two or three games in a row,you think here we go again. The fact that they came out and playedreally well in the last couple minutes of the first half was a goodsign. We did a great job of executing when we needed to and then cameout in the second half strong."