Cowgirl Hoops' Open Regular Season With A Victory

Nov. 18, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Chadron State at Wyoming - Wyoming 95-77 - Box Score

The University of Wyoming Women'sBasketball Team opened up the 2000-01 season with a 95-77 victory, overthe Chadron State Lady Eagles, on Saturday afternoon in Laramie.

The game started off slowly for both teams with only 15 points scoredin the first five minutes. Eventually, the Cowgirls would pick up theirplay and take a 47-38 score into halftime. Despite being down, the LadyEagles hung tough closing the gap to 56-52 with 15 minutes left to go inthe game. But, Wyoming pulled away with their largest margin of 18points and would go on to win the game 95-77

Chadron State was led by Janelle Hutt, who finished the game with 17points and four rebounds. The Lady Eagles were 22-59 (.373) from thefield and 60% from the free throw line.

Four out of five starters were in double-figures for the Cowgirls,including sophomore guard Carly Stucky. She finished the game with 20points, eight rebounds, eight steals and eight assists. She was 5-9 fromthe field and a perfect 8-8 from the free throw line. Senior JessicaGibbs also chipped in 19 points and a team high 11 rebounds. TheCowgirls were 34-72 (.472) from the field and 22-27 (.815) from the freethrow line.

"It wasn't our best performance, but the thing about this team is thatthey're scrappy and they'll work hard. We just need to do a better jobof keeping our key people on the floor," said head coach Cindy Fisher."But, I was really happy with Heather Shaffner coming in and running thepoint for us. She hasn't run it all year for us, and I was proud of hercoming in and keeping it under control."

"Carly is a competitor, highly motivated and knows what it takes. She'sso unselfish, and when you see her with double-figure field goalattempts you know she's going to have a big game. I thought her emotionwas great and she did a good job of leading the team."

The Cowgirls run their record to 1-0 overall. They will hit the roadnext week as they play in the Oregon State Classic with an opening roundmatch-up with Kansas State.