Lobos Shoot Down Cowgirls

Feb. 24, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. - *Wyoming at New Mexico - New Mexico 65-54 - Box Score

The Wyoming Cowgirl BasketballTeam fell to the New Mexico Lobos, 65-54, on Saturday night inAlbuquerque.

The game started off with New Mexico quickly jumping out to a 5-0 lead,but the Cowgirls kept their composure and tied the score at five all andthen eight all. Wyoming gained their first lead with 14 minutes left inthe half at 14-10, and they maintained a lead for almost fourminutes. A 10-2 run by the Lobos then gave them a lead of seven at25-18. Sophomore Ann McColl tried to help close that gap with her 12points in the half, but the Lobos still took a 35-30 lead into thehalf.

The Cowgirls managed to keep the score under double-digits in the firstpart of the second half. Unfortunately, foul trouble and fatigue reallystarted to set in for the Cowgirls as both Shelby Hoffman and BrendaPickup had to sit out most of the half with four fouls. With almosteight minutes left in the game, the Lobos took one of their largestleads of the game at 57-41. They continued to overpower theCowgirls the rest of the game onto a 65-54 victory.

New Mexico was led by Chelsea Grear with 12 points.Nikki Heckroth and Molly McKinnon finished the night with a team leadingfive rebounds. The Lobos were 24-51 (.471) from the field and 6-16(.375) from beyond the arc.

Wyoming was led by Ann McColl with 18 points and sixrebounds. Jessica Gibbs also tallied 14 points and seven rebounds. TheCowgirls were 19-52 (.365) from the field, but struggled from the threepoint line (3-17).

"I thought we did a very good job defending them in the first twentyminutes of the game," said head coach Cindy Fisher. "For about fiveminutes, we were getting people we wanted to take shots in the zone,they were just getting second and third chances to score. We talked alot in the lockerroom that we forced some shots that we really wanted.Unfortunately when you struggle defensively, you start to tighten up onthe offensive end and we turn the ball over and our shot selection isn'tthe best. But, I felt like the last three or four minutes of the game,we played really hard and the people that finished the game played untilthe end. Our posts played well with Jessica finishing with 14 points andseven boards and Ann with 18 points and six rebounds, and they battledas hard as they could."

The Cowgirls are now 10-15 overall and 2-10 in the Mountain WestConference. They will host their final two regular season games nextweek against San Diego State and UNLV.