Cowgirl Hoops' Routs N. Colorado in Opening Exhibition Game

Nov. 9, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming women'sbasketball team opened up its exhibition season Thursday with an easy97-71 rout over Northern Colorado at the MultiPurpose Gymnasium inLaramie.

The Cowgirls jumped out to a 21-4 lead and never looked back, taking a53-38 advantage with them into halftime.

Five Wyoming players scored in double-figures, led by sophomore centerAnn McColl, who had a team high 21 points. Senior Jessica Gibbs cleanedthe boards for UW, pulling down 11 rebounds to go with her 17 points.Senior Shelby Hoffman added 15 points followed by sophomore Carly Stuckywith 12 and junior Christy Bacon with 10.

For the game the Cowgirls shot 43 percent from the field. DefensivelyWyoming caused 33 turnovers and recorded 21 steals.

"I was very pleased, the whole team played very hard," said UW headwomen's basketball coach Cindy Fisher. "We tried a lot of differentcombinations that let everybody play a lot of minutes.

"I thought the first ten minutes our defense was as good as I had seenit in a long time, and I figured that might happen because your defenseis usually ahead of your offense at this time of the season. We stillhave a lot to work on but we did see a lot of positives out of this gamewhich was very pleasing." Fisher said.

The Cowgirls next play Metro State on Monday, Nov. 13, at StoryGymnasium in Cheyenne, Wyo. Game time will be at 7:00 PM. The gamewill be the final exhibition tune-up for the Cowgirls before theirregular season opener Nov. 18 at home against Chadron State.