Cowgirl Hoops Earn First Conference Win

Jan. 27, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. - *Air Force at Wyoming - Wyoming 58-54 - Box Score

With 19 points from senior ShelbyHoffman, the Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team defeated the Air ForceAcademy, 58-54, in their first conference win of the season.

Defense was the key for both teams in the first half, as each teamcombined for only 13 field goals in the half. The Cowgirls would holdseveral leads in the half including their largest of nine points, andwould take a 21-17 advantage into halftime.

In the second half, the Cowgirls looked poised to run away with thegame, as they took an 11 point lead with 13 minutes left in the half.But, the Falcons would be saved by the three-point shot. They wouldclose the gap to one point after a three-pointer by ShaNekia Peebleswith a little over a minute in the game. Fortunately for the Cowgirls,several free throws at the end of the game would seal the 58-54 victory.

Air Force was led by guard Morgan Bennett, who finished the night witha team high 11 points and five assists. ShaNekia Peebles led the team inrebounds with seven. As a team, the Falcons were 20-49 (.408) from thefield and 12-30 (.400) from the three-point line.

Shelby Hoffman registered her 11th double-figure scoring game of theseason, finishing the night with 19 points. Forward Christy Bacon ledthe Cowgirls in rebounding with ten. Wyoming improved their shootingfrom the field with an 18-43 (.419) showing, along with outreboundingthe Falcons 38-22.

"I feel great about this win today," said head coach Cindy Fisher."Maybe I felt this way a little more than girls did, but I felt NewMexico really took a lot out of us, and to recover from that in 24 hoursshows a lot of character. We started off a little slow, but we came backand held on. A team like this is extremely hard to guard and it's not agood match up for us. We pull our posts out and ask them to playperimeter defense. Overall, I feel really good, because a wins a win atthis point. We haven't had a win in over a month, so I feel great aboutit."

The Cowgirls even their record at 9-9 overall and 1-4 in theconference. They will travel next week to face San Diego State and UNLV.