Cowgirl Basketball Drops Heartbreaker To BYU

Feb. 19, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. - *BYU at Wyoming - BYU 70-69 - Box Score

The Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball teamlost a heartbreaking 70-69 game against the Brigham Young Cougars onSaturday afternoon. The Cougars are now 17-7 overall and 7-4 in theconference, the Cowgirls fall to 8-15 and 2-8 in the MWC.

The Cowgirls started the game off very strong and continued throughoutthe first half. They gained the early led, even taking a nine pointadvantage with 2:31 let in the half. They would hold off a BYU half totake a 32-30 led into halftime.

In the second half, the Cowgirls continued to be aggressive and had ananswer to every Brigham Young basket. The score would continue to goback and forth, and there were ten ties in the half. With 11 seconds,BYU's Erin Thorn was fouled by Carrie Bacon. She missed the first oneand made the second, which gave the Cougars a one point lead. TheCowgirls had three looks at the basket, but the shots didn't fall andthey were defeated by one.

Thorn led the way for the Cougars finishing with 20 points. She was7-14 from the field and 5-10 from the three-point line. As a team, BYUwas 27-61 for 44% from the field and 38% (8-21) from beyond the arc.

Carrie Bacon finished the night with a team high 20 points, plus addedsix rebounds. She was 8-14 from the field and a perfect 4-4 from thecharity stripe. Jessica Gibbs had her sixth double-double of the seasonwith 14 points and ten rebounds for the game. The Cowgirls were 24-52(46%) from the field and 7-14 (50%) from the three-point line.

The Cowgirls will now travel to Albuquerque and Colorado Springs toface New Mexico and Air Force next week.

Quotes from head coach Cindy Fisher

"Obviously, I'm very proud of this team, and I don't know why a youngteam like ours can't get a break. We grew up a lot today, some keypeople showed up and did some good things for us. They're very young,have a lot to learn and I'm very proud of the way they played."

"The girls had great focus in practice yesterday and today in shootingpractice. It's unfortunate, because no one wants to win more than thisgroup of kids. You can see it in their faces, and one of these days itwill be us instead of them. But I thought they really focused in ontheir rebounding, kept them from going to the foul line and us gettingto the foul line more, and kept the turnovers low. It really comes downto one three, they hit eight and we hit seven, we went to the free throwline more, outrebounded them."