Cowgirls Close Out Road Trip With Loss

Feb. 2, 2002

*NEW MEXICO 56, WYOMING 41 - Box Score

Albuquerque, N.M. -- The Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team(10-9 overall, 3-4 in the MWC) closed out their weekend road trip with a56-41 loss to the New Mexico Lobos (17-5 overall, 6-2 in the MWC), onSaturday afternoon, in Albuquerque.

The Cowgirls would open up with the first bucket of the game, but theLobos would score the next nine points in a row to go up 9-2. Wyomingstruggled from the field, scoring only eight points in the first tenminutes of the game. In that time, UNM would run the score to 17-8 andeventually up to 27-14, their largest lead of the half. But despitetheir poor shooting effort, the Cowgirls would only go into halftimedown 27-18.

Scoring for both teams seemed tough coming out in the first few minutesof the second half, with each team scoring only a combined five points.At the 11 minute mark, the Lobos seemed to gain control of both the gameand the Cowgirls, taking a 15-point advantage, their largest of the halfand the game. But the Cowgirls never gave up by going on a 14-7 run toclose the lead to six points, 46-40. Unfortunately, two many missedopportunities and the Lobos proved to be too much for the Cowgirls toovercome, as they would fall 56-41.

With her third double-double of the season, junior Carrie Baconfinished with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore Carly Stucky alsofinished the day in double-digits with ten. As a team, the Cowgirlsstruggled from the field and free throw line shooting only 22% (14-65)from the field and 65% (11-17) from the charity stripe. The 41 points byWyoming was also their lowest point total of the year.

For New Mexico, junior Jordan Adams was the leading point getter with17 points, along with six boards. Freshman Chelsea Grear was the leadingrebounder with nine, while chipping in 11 points.

"Early in the season, we were shooting lights out and weren't doing avery good job on the defensive end," said head coach Cindy Fisher. "Butnow we've taken an about face, doing a good job defensively, butstruggling with shooting the ball. I thought New Mexico did a nice jobof shutting down areas we wanted to go to, but on the other hand to get65 looks at the basket and not be able to shoot better than 20% isunacceptable. We have to figure out how to finish in a criticalsituation and score. Everything we ran tonight worked, we just couldn'thit a basket."

The Cowgirls will be at home this week as they host Brigham Young, onThursday night, at 7:00 p.m., and Utah, on Saturday afternoon, at 2:00p.m. in the Arena Auditorium.