Cowgirls Pull Out Victory Against Wildcats

Dec. 6, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Weber State at Wyoming - Wyoming 71-66 - Box Score

The University of Wyoming CowgirlBasketball Team (4-2) pulled out a 71-66 victory over the Weber StateWildcats (1-5) on Wednesday night in Laramie.

The Cowgirls started off slowly falling behind 22-12 in the first half.But behind great defense and shot selection, Wyoming would go on a 23-2run to take a 35-24 lead into the locker room.

"I think we did some nice things in the first half. The defense issomething we hadn't worked a whole lot on, but I was really pleased withthe way the kids came out and ran the half court trap. I think wecreated a lot of turnovers, which helped a lot to really get CrystalHowe off the block and doing what she does best."

In the second half, the Cowgirls continued to build on that lead, andat one point would hold a 20 point advantage with 10:46 left in thehalf. Weber State would give the Cowgirls a scare as they closed the gapto four, but it wouldn't be enough with Wyoming holding onto the 71-66victory.

An unfortunate incident happened to the Cowgirls in the secondhalf, as sophomore guard Carly Stucky went down with a knee injuryafter a hard hit by Jamie Peterson. She would not return, and will bere-evaluated today.

"The situation with Carly really doesn't look good. I haven't actuallyasked specifically because I don't want to know but by the faces of thedoctors and the trainers it doesn't look good."

"It's like I told them in the locker room. We either rise to theoccasion or we fall and fold. I know this team has been through so muchadversity, and with their strong character and will I think they'll dothe best they possibly can. Obviously it's going to hurt us tremendouslywith the injury to Carly. We said from the very beginning we're onemajor injury away. If that's the case it's going to be a struggle but Iknow they'll fight and fight, and we'll win some ball games."

Stephanie Stanger led the way for the Wildcats finishing the night with23 points and six rebounds. She was followed by Crystal Howe with 18points and 11 rebounds.

Once again, four of five starters scored in double figures, includingsophomore Ann McColl. She led the team with a career high 20 points inaddition to 11 rebounds. She was 7-10 from the field and 6-11 from thecharity stripe. Senior Shelby Hoffman also added 15 points to the cause.The Cowgirls shot 48% (25-52) from the field and an almost equalling 43%(6-14) from beyond the arc.

"I think Ann really stepped it up. She knew that it was crunch time,and knew we needed somebody on the floor that was going to make up forCarly. Carly was really on a good steak there with 12 at half time. Ithink she just knew how important she was and she came to play thesecond half and did a great job for us."

"You don't lose your best player in the middle of a game like that andexpect the team to stay focused on every aspect. You wish could but withthis team and everything we've been through there's no way you can dothat. I was just proud that we could hold on and win the game because wecould have easily folded."

The Cowgirls now move to 4-2 overall on the season. They will travel toFlagstaff, Ariz., for a Saturday match up with Northern Arizona.