Cowgirls Earn Second Conference Win Of The Season

Feb. 22, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

*Wyoming at Air Force - Wyoming 68-63 - Box Score

With a thrilling ending tothe game, the Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team pulled out a 68-63 victoryover the Air Force Academy Falcons, on Thursday night, in ColoradoSprings.

Senior guard Shelby Hoffman opened up the game for the Cowgirls scoringthe first eight points. With the score in favor of the Cowgirls 8-6,they went on 15-4 run to take a 15 point lead. The Falcons wentalmost seven minutes between their first and second field goals, as mostof their points came from the free throw line. The Cowgirls largest leadof the half, 29-12, came with 6:10 left after a three-pointshot by Shelby Hoffman. Air Force could only manage to go 5-16 from thefield in the half, as Wyoming took a 33-21 advantage into the break. TheCowgirls were led by Shelby Hoffman, who finished with 13 points, plusoutrebounded the Falcons 28-12.

The Falcons came out fired up in the second half, as they went on a19-6 run to begin the half, and take their first lead of the game40-39. That lead grew to as large as seven for the Falcons withabout five minutes left in the game. But the Cowgirls never gaveup, with the score 58-53 they went on a 7-0 run to take the lead60-58. They sealed the victory with five huge points by Christy Baconand free throws by Jessica Gibbs in the last 40 seconds, 68-65.

Air Force was led in scoring by Rozalyn Russ and Amoy Jackson, who bothfinished the night with 17. Russ also led in rebounding with seven. Theywere 23-45 (.511) from the field and 5-14 (.357) from beyond the arc.

The Cowgirls had four of five starters in double-figures on the night.Shelby Hoffman finished up with a team high 16 points after her two gamelayoff, while Jessica Gibbs added 14 points and a team leading 15rebounds. It was her eighth double-double of the season. Wyomingstruggled a bit from the field finishing 21-60 (.350).

"I thought our defensive effort really broke down in the second half,"said head coach Cindy Fisher. "But at the very end of the game, we wentinto a full court press and played it as well as we ever have. Air Forcedid a good job hitting their three's and had the momentum, but you haveto give our kids credit they did a good job on the rebounding and bluecolor things. But you have to give to Christy Bacon, we're down sevenwith three minutes left in the game, and she hits five points to pull uswithin two. I thought her effort of shooting the ball and sevenoffensive boards in 39 minutes of play"

The Cowgirls are now 10-14 overall and 2-9 in the conference. They willnow face the New Mexico Lobos on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. inAlbuquerque.