Cowgirls Close Out Tournament With A Victory

Nov. 25, 2001

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Honolulu, Hawai'i -- In the final game of the PandaTravel Rainbow Wahine Classic, the Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team (2-2overall) closed out the weekend with a 75-71 win over the FloridaAtlantic Lady Owls (0-3 overall).

For the first time, the Cowgirls were able to gain the lead from thebeginning of the game, 15-4. They would hold that advantage for entirethe half at times maintaining a double-digit lead. The Lady Owls wouldmake a 13-6 run during the half to close the margin to four points, butthe Cowgirls would maintain their composure and go into halftime with a42-38 score.

In the second half, Florida Atlantic started off quickly by scoring thefirst seven of nine points to take their first lead of the game 45-44.Wyoming responded by going on a 15-6 run to regain an eight pointadvantage, 59-51. The Cowgirls would keep that lead, despite a comebackthat brought the Lady Owls within one point, to come out on top with a75-71 victory.

Florida Atlantic was led by Janka Deckerova, who finished the nightwith 16 points. Kristy Halvorsen led the team in rebounds with eight.The Lady Owls shot 38% (24-63) from the field.

Four individuals hit the double-figure mark for the Cowgirls, includingCarrie Bacon, who finished with a team leading and season high 21 pointsand ten rebounds. She was 10-16 from the field and 1-2 from the charitystripe. Darci Arsene also recorded her second double-digit scoring gamein a row with 18 points. As a team the Cowgirls were 32-68 (.471) fromthe field and 10-19 (.526) from the charity stripe.

"Overall, I thought we had a nice game in the post," said head coachCindy Fisher. "Darci Arsene had a really great game finishing with 18points. One of our focuses was to get our zone to work and make themforce the outside shot, which I thought we did a nice job with. Anotherthing was to get Cherrith Wiersma in the flow of the game and get hersome looks at the basket, and I felt like she accomplished her personalgoals that she set for herself. At this point in the season, we needed awin to get our confidence back up going home and allow us to get readyfor Nevada, and that's what we did. A team like Florida Atlantic istough to play, when they're very undersized and we have bad match-ups,but overall we played a great game and it feels good to get a win."

The Cowgirls will be back at home next week as they will host theNevada Wolfpack, on Saturday night, in the Arena Auditorium.