Cowgirl Basketball Falls To Montana State, 68-53

Dec. 4, 2001
Montana State 68, WYOMING 53 - Box Score

The Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team(3-3 overall) was defeated by the Montana State Bobcats (4-3 overall),68-53, on Tuesday night in Bozeman, Montana.

Points were hard to come by in the first five minutes of the game withthe score tied 6-6, but with a couple of quick buckets Montana Statewould go on a 17-4 run to take the 23-10 advantage. After a four minutescoring drought, a bucket by freshman Sara Hippen would finally get theCowgirls back on the board. Unfortunately, the Lady Cats continued topour it on by extending their lead to18 points, their largest of thehalf. For the Cowgirls, baskets by Ann McColl and Kelly McRee kept themclose as they went into halftime down 37-25.

The beginning of the second half didn't fair much better for theCowgirls, as they continued to struggle from the field and withturnovers. They could only manage to score four points in the firstseven minutes. For Montana State, they continued to light it upoutscoring Wyoming 10-4 in the same time. The Cowgirls tried to hangtough after going on a 13-4 run to close the lead to 12, but it wasn'tenough as they would fall 68-53.

The bright spot for the Cowgirls was center Ann McColl, who finishedthe night with a season high 19 points and 12 rebounds in her firstdouble-double of the season. As a team, the Cowgirls shot 32% (18-57)from the field and committed 30 turnovers.

"Right now as a team I feel we really have a condfidence problem," saidhead coach Cindy Fisher. "When we don't start off strong and thingsaren't going well for us we tend to breakdown. I thought some peoplecame in off the bench and gave us quality minutes and a good effort, wejust need to get eveyone else on the same page doing the same things.Unfortunately when you turn the ball over 30 times on someone else'scourt it's hard to win game, so we just need to go back and getrefocused and start doing the little things better."

The Cowgirls will continue their play on the road, as they will facethe Colorado Buffaloes on Dec. 12, and then up to Casper, Wyo., Dec. 15,with a match-up against Oregon State.