March 7, 2001
LAS VEGAS - The Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team (11-17, 3-11 MWC) ended their season with a 70-59 loss to the Colorado State Rams (22-6, 10-4 MWC) at the Mountain West Conference Tournament in Las Vegas.
The Cowgirls opened up the first half with a great deal of intensity, as they would take the 11-2 lead and only allow the Rams to score those two points in the first seven minutes of the game. But, the Rams would go on a run of their own, scoring the next 11 of 14 points to close the gap to 14-13. It stayed close throughout the rest of the half, and the Rams would take their first lead of the half with a Jackie Campbell three-point shot, 24-22. The Cowgirls would come back and tie the score with a jumper by Lisa McCann, but Colorado State quickly score two baskets off of Wyoming missed shots to regain their advantage. They would take a 34-30 lead into halftime. The Cowgirls were led by sophomore Darci Arsene, who score nine in the half, despite being plagued by two fouls.
Each team started the second half trading baskets with each other, but then the Rams would make a run. They would score nine of 12 points to take a lead of the half of ten points. The Cowgirls would manage to keep it close, but with four minutes in the game, two big shots by CSU put them up 13. After that the Cowgirls started to fatigue and the Rams took advantage going onto the 70-59.
Colorado State was led by Jackie Campbell, who came off the bench to score a team high 19 points, while Lisa Narkiewicz finished with 11 rebounds. The Rams shot 28-54 (.519) from the field and 7-21 (.333) from beyond the arc.
Wyoming was led by sophomore Darci Arsene, who finished with a career high 18 points. Senior Jessica Gibbs finished with her 21st double-figure knotching ten points and a team high five rebounds. The Cowgirls shot 25-54 (.463) from the field.
"Obviously, it's always a disappointment when you lose, but this team has been through so much adversity, through so many injuries, through so many sicknesses. I couldn't be prouder. I am so proud to coach this basketball team, with their heart, their commitment, and their dedication. There was never a day of practice that the team didn't come focused, there was never a game that they didn't give 100% effort. Though you hate to lose, we have learned a lot and grown as a group."