Cowgirls Lose Close One To Rebels, 66-61

Feb. 16, 2002

*UNLV 66, WYOMING 61 - Box Score

LAS VEGAS - The Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team(11-12 overall, 4-7 in the MWC) lost a close one to the UNLV Rebels(19-4 overall, 8-3 in the MWC) by the final of 66-61, on Saturday night,in Las Vegas.

UNLV opened up the game by jumping out to an 8-2 lead, but the Cowgirlsrebounded with four unanswered points to close the score to 8-6. Wyomingwould keep it to within three points until a 6-0 run by the Rebels wouldopen the lead to 11 points. They maintained a double-digit lead for theremainder of the half, despite a small run by the Cowgirls to close itto nine, and would take a 37-27 advantage into halftime.

The Cowgirls were fired up out of the half as they would go on a 19-8run to open up the half, and take their first lead of the game 46-45. Itwould be short lived as the Rebels would score the next five points totake a 50-46 advantage that would grow to as much as six. With fourminutes to go in the game, a three-point shot by Carly Stucky closed themargin to one, but once again the Rebels knocked down a few buckets toup their lead to five. With the score 62-58, another big three-pointshot by Carly Stucky closed the margin to one point, unfortunately itwould be as close as they would get. The Rebels went on to win the game,66-61.

The Cowgirls were led by Carly Stucky, who finished with a team high 23points, including hitting 7-12 from the three-point line. Junior CarrieBacon finished the night with a team high six rebounds, along with 13points. As a team, the Cowgirls were 20-50 (.400) from the field and8-17 (.471).

Four Rebels finished in double-figures, including senior Linda Frohlichwho finished with a team high 18 points and eight rebounds. UNLV shot44% (28-64) from the field.

"Tonight's game was a great battle," said head coach Cindy Fisher. "Wedid things in the second half that we've wanted to do all year and Ithought we executed and hit some big shots. Carly cameout and strokedthe ball tonight, like we know she can, it just came down to executionin the end. But overall, I felt it was a great battle. We did a goodjob on the road, we attacked the basket, got to the foul line andrebounded well, unfortunately we had too many turnovers that allowedthem to get easy buckets."

The Cowgirls will head home as they host Chicago State, on Tuesdaynight, and then conference rival Colorado State, on Saturday night, at7:00 p.m.