Cowgirls Lose Heartbreaker in Vegas

Feb. 3, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. - *Wyoming at UNLV - UNLV 69-61 - Box Score

Despite holding several double-digitleads in the game, the Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team fell to the UNLVLady Rebels, 69-61, in Las Vegas Saturday night.

The game opened up with junior Carrie Bacon scoring the first sixpoints for the Cowgirls, who would gain an early 9-4 lead going into thefirst timeout. With good defense from the Cowgirls, that lead would growto 18-8 with 13 minutes left in the half. The Rebels were kept in thegame by some slick shooting by Constance Jinks, who also scored sixpoints early in the half. The Cowgirls would continue to dominate eachtime down the court with great defense and offensive poise. Severalthree-point opportunities by Ann McColl would launch Wyoming into theirbiggest lead of the half of 14 points with 6:48, while the Rebels wentover three minutes without a basket. UNLV would make a really strong9-4 run to close out the half, but the Cowgirls would still take a 37-32lead into halftime.

UNLV came out shooting, as they would open up the half with a 15-3scoring run and take their first lead of the game, 47-40. The Cowgirlswould hold their down despite being plagued by foul trouble, as JessicaGibbs and Ann McColl both received their fourth fouled with over 14minutes left in the half. The Rebels would go up 54-47 with nineminutes left in the game and appeared to take control of the game, butthe Cowgirls fought back and tied the score at 56 all with 5:44remaining. Unfortunately, the Cowgirls didn't have enough left in thetank as they would fall 69-61 to the Rebels.

Four of five starters scored in double-figures, including juniorChristy Bacon, who finished 13 points and eight rebounds. Ann McCollalso chipped in 13 points. The Cowgirls shot 22-46 (.478) from the filedand 12-16 (.750) from the charity stripe.

"I thought the kids really played a great game," said head coach CindyFisher. "Shelby was extremely focused and showed great leadership. Theyfought their hearts out, and it just came down to depth. It came down tothe second half, when people were getting tired, we got short on ourshots and lost our focus. We needed to have some people come in off thebench and give somebody a rest, and we just didn't have anyone to dothat for us tonight. It hurt us that Heather Shaffner couldn't gotonight, because it forced Shelby and Brenda to play the entire game isa lot against a team like this that really wants to push and press. Iwas really proud of them, we just ran out of people."

The Cowgirls are now 9-11 overall and 1-6 in the conference. They willtravel to Ft. Collins next weekend to face the Colorado State Rams onSaturday afternoon.