Cowgirls Lose Tough One Against Aztecs

Feb. 1, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. - *Wyoming at San Diego State - San Diego State 58-50 - Box Score

Despite holding the lead for almostthe entire game, the Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team fell to the SanDiego State Aztecs, 58-50, on Thursday night in California.

It was a scrappy first half, as each team really battled for eachbasket and point scored. With knotted up at nine, the Cowgirls wouldtake a two point lead with a basket from Ann McColl, a lead that wouldgrow to eight. San Diego State made a couple of runs at the Cowgirls toclose the gap, but Wyoming would still take a 29-25 score into halftime.The Cowgirls lead the entire half that contained only four ties.

The Cowgirls came out shooting to begin the second half, as they onceagain regained an eight point lead with 14:21 left in the half. ButCowgirl turnovers and patient shooting allowed the Aztecs back into thegame and take their first lead, 39-37, with 12 minutes to go into thegame. The Cowgirls were also plagued by poor shooting, as they wentalmost six minutes without a basket. The Aztecs lead would grow to theirlargest of eight with 2:08 in the game, and seemed poised to run awaywith the game. Unfortunately, it was too much for the Cowgirls toovercome, and they fell by the final of 58-50. San Diego State was ledby Claire Swinbank, who finished the night with 17 points and threesteals. Anita Bundage led the team in rebounds with eight.

Shelby Hoffman finished the night leading the Cowgirls with 15 points,while senior Jessica Gibbs tallied a team high nine rebounds.Unfortunately, Wyoming committed 25 turnovers, while shooting only 38%(19-50).

"We just didn't take care of the basketball tonight," said head coachCindy Fisher. "We went on a stretch for about six minutes that we letthem score at will, and we came down and turned the ball over and didn'texecute. I think when it gets down to crunch time, you really need tohave a scorer, people are afraid to step up and score for us. Ann McCollcan't shoot the ball for us one time in the second half, so we needdevelop our post play inside and that will open up our game on theperimeter. If we're tentative inside we will never getting goingoutside."

Wyoming falls to 9-10 overall and 1-5 in the conference. They will nowtravel to Las Vegas, Nevada to take on the UNLV Lady Rebels on Saturdaynight.