Cowgirls Get Back to Winning Ways

Jan. 31, 2002

*WYOMING 70, AIR FORCE 66 - Box Score

Colorado Springs, Colo. -- In thrilling fashion, theUniversity of Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team (10-8 overall, 3-3 in theMWC) defeated the Air Force Academy Falcons (4-15 overall, 0-6 in theMWC) by the final of 70-66, on Thursday night in Colorado Springs.

The game opened up slowly with each team trading baskets and no one teamseeming to want to take control. But with the score 9-8 for theCowgirls, they would go on an 8-0 run to open up a nine point margin.The Falcons would hit a couple of baskets to close it to four, butWyoming would get the lead back up to eight. Another small four pointrun by Air Force would once again close the margin to three, but theCowgirls answered back with an 8-0 scoring run. Despite a couple ofFalcon baskets in the last minute, UW would still take a 30-26 lead intothe half.

The Falcons continued to play with a lot of fight and determination tostart the second half as they opened up the half with a 9-5 run to tiethe score at 35 all. They would take their first lead of the secondhalf, 39-38, with 13:47, but it was answered by a Carly Stuckythree-point shot, which was in turn answered by an Amoy Jackson basketto regain the lead. Each team continued to trade buckets until theCowgirls would take a 61-57 lead with four minutes to go in the game,but Air Force continued to stay hot on the heels of Wyoming. It wouldn'tbe until two free throws by freshman Ashley Elliott and the final buzzerbefore the Cowgirls would come away with a 70-66 victory.

The Cowgirls were led by Ann McColl, who finished with a career high 24points, along with a team high nine boards. She was 10-15 from the fieldand a perfect 4-4 from the charity stripe. Junior Carrie Bacon alsochipped in 15 points and eight rebounds. As a team, the Cowgirls shot50% (24-48) from the field and outrebounded the Falcons 35-22.

Guard Latoya Howell finished with a game high 25 points for theFalcons, along with six assists and six steals. Air Force shot 27-56(48%) from the field.

"It was just good to get out of here with a victory tonight," said headcoach Cindy Fisher. "We didn't take care of the ball and come out of thegate with the intensity we needed to. But, you can tell them all youwant in the scouting report that Latoya Howell leading the conference insteals, you have to take care of the ball. Our girls dug in and AnnMcColl just came through in the second half like I knew she could. It'sjust a great feeling to come out of here with a victory and feel goodabout it."

The Cowgirls will now travel to Albuquerque to take on the New MexicoLobos, Saturday afternoon, at 1:00 p.m.