Cowgirls Fall To Lobos, 70-61

Feb. 28, 2002

*NEW MEXICO 64, WYOMING 48 - Box Score

Laramie, Wyo. -- The Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Teamcame up short to the New Mexico Lobos, 70-61, Thursday night in Laramie.The Cowgirls now fall to 12-14 overall and 4-9 in the conference, whilethe Lobos up their record to 21-6 and 10-3 in the conference.

Wyoming opened up the game by scoring the first basket of the game, butthen the Lobos would score the next six to open up a 6-2 lead. But theCowgirls rallied right back scoring the next nine out of 12 points totake their first lead of the game 11-9. Over the next several minutesthat lead would grow to nine points, the largest lead of the game forthe Cowgirls. New Mexico would go on a 10-3 run of their own to tie thescore at 27 all. The two teams would trade baskets until the threeminute mark of the half, the Lobos would take the lead 33-31 and a 37-33advantage into the break.

Each team would hit several baskets out of the break, as New Mexicocontinued to hold onto a lead, but the Cowgirls would close that gap to42-40 with 15 minutes to go in the half. Unfortunately, that was asclose as they would get in the game. Despite all efforts by theCowgirls, the Lobos would continue to answer each basket, even holding a12-point lead in the half and go onto the 70-61 victory.

Wyoming was led by junior forward Darci Arsene, who finished with ateam high 13 points and eight rebounds. Guard Carly Stucky also finishedwith night in double-figures with 11. The Cowgirls were 23-59 (.390)from the field, but were outrebounded by the Lobos 43-32.

New Mexico had four players in double-digits, including sophomoreMelissa Forest, who finished with a team high 14 points off the bench.Center Jordan Adams led the way in rebounds with seven, while chippingin 12 points. As a team, the Lobos were 26-59 (.441) from the field and12-17 (.462) from beyond the arc.

"I don't really know what happened," said head coach Cindy Fisher. "Wecame out really flat in the second half and seemed to really not be init. Our kids came off the bench and gave us a little spark, and then thestarters came back in and did a nice job, but for Carrie Bacon to haveonly one rebound it's just not like her. Overall, we struggledrebounding the ball, but we got some nice looks at the basket and had agood shooting percentage, we just didn't get a lot of second shotopportunities."

The Cowgirls will close out the regular season, on Saturday afternoon,following the Cowboy game, approx. 3:30 p.m. It will be the last game athome for the only Cowgirl senior Christy Bacon.