Cowgirl Basketball Falls To Gophers, 92-66

Nov. 24, 2001

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Honolulu -- In the second game of the PandaTravel Rainbow Wahine Classic, the Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team (1-2overall) lost to Big Ten opponent Minnesota Golden Gophers, 92-66, onSaturday in Honolulu.

Minnesota started the scoring early by taking a 7-2 lead, but theCowgirls would comeback with a couple of three-point plays by CarlyStucky and Carrie Bacon. Wyoming would take their first lead at the 14minute mark, 16-14. It would be a lead that they would hold for almostfive minutes until the Gophers would take a one point advantage and thenproceed to go on a 9-0 run to take a ten point lead 35-25. Unfortunatelyfor the Cowgirls, a couple of scoreless minutes and some good shootingby the Gophers put them down 46-36 going into the half.

The second half didn't start off well for Cowgirls, as their coldshooting continued and the Gophers still lighting it up allowed them togo on an 22-9 run to take a 68-45 lead. Wyoming would continue to fightthroughout the rest of the half, at one point going on a 7-2 closing themargin 15, but it was too big of a hill to climb. The Cowgirls wouldfall to Minnesota by the final of 92-66.

The Cowgirls were led by junior Darci Arsene, who finished with a teamleading 16 points, along with six rebounds. Carly Stucky and Ann McCollwere also in double-figures with 16 points respectively.

"We have a lot of people who are playing as individuals right now,"said head coach Cindy Fisher. "We're not rebounding back from lossesand I think we need to get to the point that we're playing as a team,playing team basketball and that's what's going to win games. I feltDarci, Carly and Ann really stepped up and tried to do their best,unfortunately we had others come in and turn the ball over. We need totake care of the basketball and people need to come off the bench andcontribute."

The Cowgirls will close out the tournament with a match-up against theFlorida Atlantic Lady Owls, on Sunday afternoon, at 11:30 Hawai'i Timeand 2:30 Mountain Time.