Cowgirl Basketball Falls Short Against Rebels

March 4, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. - *UNLV at Wyoming - UNLV 96-81 - Box Score

Despite a career night by sophomoreCarrie Bacon, the Wyoming Cowgirls fell in their final game before thetournament, 96-81, to the UNLV Lady Rebels on Saturday afternoon. TheRebels are now 16-11 overall and 8-6 in the conference, while theCowgirls fall to 10-17 overall and 4-10 in the MWC.

The Cowgirls got off to a good shooting night in the first half, asthey were 15-31 for 48%. With the scored tied at 24 all, they would makea run that would start off from a Carrie Bacon three-point shot. Theiradvantage would grow to ten points, but a small UNLV run towards the endof the first half would cut the lead to 44-41 going into halftime.

In the second half, the Lady Rebels strength really showed, especiallyfrom beyond the arc. They were 5-9 (.556) in the half and 9-19 (.500)for the game. They would take the lead at the 15:12 mark and never lookback. Despite outrebounding 33-29 the Rebels, the Cowgirls couldn't geta comeback going.

Linda Frohlich led the Rebels, who had five players in double figures,with 29 points and five rebounds. She was 11-21 from the field and 6-6from the charity stripe. The Rebels shot 56% (35-63) for the game.

For the Cowgirls, forward Carrie Bacon finished the night with a careerhigh 34 points, plus five rebounds. She was 13-19 from the field and 7-8from the free throw line. Shelby Hoffman also chipped in 24 points inthe loss. The Cowgirls finished the game 29-61 (.475) from the field and16-19 (.842) from the line.

The Cowgirls will now move onto the Mountain West Conference tournamentin Las Vegas, Nev. They will likely play in the first game on Wednesday,March 8 at noon. No opponent has been set.

Quotes from head coach Cindy Fisher

"It disappointing obviously, I thought we played a great first half, wereally did some things that we wanted to do and really took them out oftheir game. I was really confident, even at halftime when we gave ussome points near the end of the half, I felt good about the second half.Their athleticism really took over in the second half, and against ateam like this your only hope is to control their penetration and playthem in a zone to make them shot the ball. They shot the ball, and ErinJohansson makes her shots, they're very good. She was on tonight, and itwas a huge game for her. It was a struggle, but they're a good andathletic team. I thought we played 20 good minutes of basketball, wejust couldn't put two halves together."