Cowgirl Basketball Falls Short Against Utes

Feb. 17, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

*Utah at Wyoming - Utah 85-66 - Box Score

The University of Wyoming Cowgirlbasketball team fell short of the Utah Utes, 85-66, on Thursday night inLaramie. The Utes are now 18-5 overall and 9-1 in conference play.

The Cowgirls looked much improved as they jumped to the early 10-4lead. But, cold shooting for Wyoming and the hot hand for Utah allowedthem to regain the lead, and take a 38-24 score into the half.

In the second half, the Cowgirls hung around cutting the lead at onetime to nine. A two or three point answer by the Utes wouldunfortunately leave the Cowgirls coming up on the short end on thescoreboard.

Senior guard Tiana Fuertes lead the way for the Utes, finishing thenight with 23 points and five assists. She was six of six from the fieldand five of five from the three-point line. As a team, Utah shot 46%(24-55) from the field and 62% (8-13) from beyond the arc.

For the Cowgirls, freshman Carly Stucky totaled 14 points. Carrie Baconled the way with 11 rebounds, but was held to a season low four points.Wyoming shot 36% (22-62) from the field and 42% (8-19) from thethree-point line.

Wyoming is now 8-14 overall and 2-7 in the Mountain West Conference.They will host the Brigham Young Cougars on Saturday afternoon at 2:00p.m. in the MultiPurpose Gym.

Quotes from head coach Cindy Fisher

"I knew coming into the game that we would have to shoot the ball wellfrom the outside. The sagging man defense they run was really effectivetonight. I thought we shot the ball better than we have prior totonight, but still that is a really tough defense to play against. Wetried some different things, and did get 60 shots off tonight. They areholding team to 51 points a game and we had 66 points. Overall, I feltlike we did a better job offensively, even though at times it was verystationary. But, defense is still our problem and I thought we couldhave done a better job of defending. They are a tough team, and havegreat heighth, quickness and experience, and against that your defensehas to be clicking."

"I think Ann McColl has been able to get in there with some consistencyand do some stuff for us. She got into some foul trouble early, whichhurt us, but fortunately we were able to sub Darci (Arsene), Lisa McCannand Jessica (Gibbs) and had a good effort from them. Probably sinceshe's been here, tonight was by far Darci's best game. She reboundedwell for us, she had five offensive boards, scored for us, took care ofthe ball, and those are the kind of things we've been asking for fromher all year. It's just going to take time, and her improving everyday."