Cowgirl Basketball Closes Out Weekend With a Loss to the Cougars

Feb. 17, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

*BYU at Wyoming - BYU 83-59 - Box Score

Despite being down only four athalftime, the Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team lost to the Brigham YoungCougars, 83-59, on Saturday afternoon in Laramie.

The Cowgirls led almost the entire first half behind ten points andfour rebounds from sophomore Ann McColl. It would be the 1:28 mark, whenthe Cougars would tie the score at 26 all and go on to score the nextfour unanswered. They would take the 30-26 lead into the half.

Unfortunately for the Cowgirls in the second half, the Cougars startedto pour it on. Brigham Young played 12 people compared to theCowgirls seven, and that lack of depth caught up with Wyoming. Five players playedin 30 minutes or more in the game, which proved to be too much. TheCougars went on to the 83-59 victory.

Sophomore Erin Thorn was the leading scorer for the Cougars with 19points, while Jennifer Leitner finished with a team high eight rebounds.The Cougars finished the night 30-60 (.500) from the field and 10-21(.476) from beyond the arc.

Jessica Gibbs was the leading scorer and rebounder with 18 points and11 rebounds for her seventh double-double of the season. She was 7-16from the field, along with three assists and a steal. Sophomore centerAnn McColl also finished the night with 18 points and five rebounds. TheCowgirls were 20-53 (.377) from the field and 14-18 (.778) from thecharity stripe.

"I was really happy with our effort today," said head coach CindyFisher. "I told the kids going into the game that there were noexpectations, play has hard as you can as long as you can and make suresomething positive comes out it. I also said work on one area that is aweakness right now and make sure you come out stronger and feelingbetter about it. I thought there were some positives, but we just ranout of steam. It was tough to get out on shooters quick enough, theywere passing the ball and getting fresh players in there, but the effortwas phenomenal. Jessica and Ann did a great job in the post, and Christycame out in the second half and made some better decisions. I could gothrough everyone of the kids, because they played hard until the end andthat's all you can ask for."

The Cowgirls drop to 9-14 overall and 1-9 in the conference. They willbe on the road next week with games against the Air Force Academy andNew Mexico.