Cowgirl Basketball Wins Thriller In Overtime

Nov. 24, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Oregon State Tournament (Corvallis, Ore.)
WYOMING vs. Kansas State - Wyoming 73-70 (OT) - Box Score

In a thrilling opening game in theOSU Beaver Classic, the Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team (2-0 overall)defeated Big 12 opponent Kansas State (2-1 overall), in overtime 73-70on Friday night in Corvallis, Ore.

The Wildcats opened up the game on fire taking an early 8-0 lead. Itwould take the Cowgirls over four minutes to finally score their firstbasket as Shelby Hoffman would hit a three-point basket. Both teamsreally battled throughout the rest of the half, with no team gainingmore than a three point advantage, although Kansas State would take a33-30 lead into halftime.

Wyoming continued to hang tough in the second half. With 16:25 left, athree-point shot by Brenda Pickup tied the score at 36 all and themomentum seemed to sway the Cowgirls way. They would take the lead 46-43and build on their advantage, and at one point had an eight point lead.But the Wildcats wouldn't give up and with 3.5 seconds left in the game,they hit a two-point shot to send it into overtime.

Overtime was very crucial, as the Cowgirls had only seven players onthe bench with sophomores Ann McColl and Lisa McCann fouling out late inthe second half. Wyoming jumped out with the two point lead, 67-65, andwould never let it go. With two free-throws, Carly Stucky would seal thegame for a 73-70 victory.

"I was really proud of this team, because they executed as well as I'veseen them all season," said head coach Cindy Fisher. "The other thing Iwas most happy with was Kansas State went on an 8-0 run to start thegame and I took the time out and told them to calm down and executebetter, and that's what they did. They came out of that time out relaxedand we got right back in it. We kept working at it and in the end it allcame together for us."

Despite being outrebounded 53-36, the Cowgirls only committed 15turnovers compared to the Wildcats 28. But the big story was thethree-point line, as Wyoming finished 10-27 for 37%, while Kansas Stateshot a dismal 2-22 for 9%. Senior Shelby Hoffman had the hot hand forthe Cowgirls, as she finished with 23 points and two assists. She was8-20 from the field and 7-18 from the three-point line. Jessica Gibbsalso added 11 points and 12 rebounds.

"The thing I'm most proud about with Shelby is that she's showing greatleadership on the floor. She makes sure we know what we're in at alltimes, plus really talking and communicating. If she can go 7-18 fromthe three-point line that's all we need to do and be consistent withthat. Overall, I think she worked hard on the both sides of the ball."

The Cowgirls are now 2-0 overall, while the Wildcats drop to 2-1 on theseason. Wyoming will face the winner of the Princeton/Oregon Statewinner on Saturday night at 8:00 p.m., MST.