Cowgirls Fall In Tournament Opener

Nov. 24, 2001

Box Score

Honolulu -- The Wyoming Cowgirl BasketballTeam (1-1 overall) opened up the Panda Travel Rainbow Wahine Classicwith a close 69-61 loss to the University of Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine (3-0overall).

The Rainbow Wahine jumped out early in the first couple of minutestaking a 7-0 lead until Carrie Bacon would score the first bucket forthe Cowgirls. Carly Stucky would also get in the scoring column early byhitting two three-point shots to close the gap to 13-8. With the score13-10, Hawai'i would go on a 14-4 run as the lid went on the basket forWyoming. The Cowgirls would go scoreless for almost four and a halfminutes until a three-point shot by Lisa McCann, who would score thenext five points to keep Wyoming close 31-22. The Cowgirls closed themargin to 35-31, but a four point run at the end of the half sent theRainbow Wahine into the lockeroom with a 39-31 advantage.

The second half started out quickly with both teams picking up the paceup and trading baskets in the process. The scoring was so limited thatboth teams combined for five baskets in the first six and a halfminutes. Hawai'i would be the first to strike with two quick buckets,but the Cowgirls would respond with a Kelly McRee three-point shot tomake the score 47-41. Good defense and a small run by Wyoming allowedthem to close the margin to 49-47. Once again, the Rainbow Wahine wouldopen it back up to a 59-51 margin. The Cowgirls would try to fight back,but foul trouble and some cold shooting down the end plagued them, asthey would fall 69-61 to the Rainbow Wahine.

Hawai'i was led by Natasja Allen, who finished the night with a teamleading 16 points, along with 13 rebounds. April Atuaia finished thenight with 15 points and a team leading 14 boards. As a team, theRainbow Wahine shot 41% (24-59) from the field.

Redshirt sophomore Carly Stucky was the leading scorer for the Cowgirlswith 16 points, along with recording three rebounds and two steals. AnnMcColl was the leading rebounder for Wyoming with ten. The Cowgirlsstruggled from the field shooting only 30% (23-78).

"I thought we really came out and played well in the second half," saidhead coach Cindy Fisher. "Unfortunately, it was tough to get a call andthat was difficult, but on someone's home court you have to come up withthe big plays and make some plays and it wasn't happening."

"Defensively, I thought we did a good job. It's early in the season andwe're trying some things we haven't worked on a lot, but the effort wasthere. We just got a little outmanned on the boards and you can't expectto get outrebounded by 20 and win a game, but overall the second halfeffort was good."

They will continue play tomorrow at the Rainbow Wahine Classic with amatch-up against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at 11:00 a.m. Hawai'i Timeand 2:00 p.m. Mountain Time.