Cowgirls Come Up Short Against Lumberjacks

Dec. 9, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. - Wyoming at Northern Arizona - Northern Arizona 77-55 - Box Score

The Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team(4-3) plagued by poor shooting in the second half came up short againstthe Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (3-6), 77-55, Saturday night inFlagstaff.

The first half was close with neither team taking more than a two orthree point lead. But with only a few minutes left in the half, theLumberjacks Kara Kleinhenz hit two big three-point shots to allowNorthern Arizona to take a 33-25 into halftime. Jessica Gibbs led theCowgirls in the first half with ten points and four rebounds. Wyomingshot 39% from the field, but struggled from beyond the arc, hitting onlyone three-point shot in the half.

The Lumberjacks continued to stay hot from beyond the three-point lineto begin the second half, as they hit their first three to go up 44-32over the Cowgirls. They would expand that lead to 54-33, as the Cowgirlsstruggled both offensively and defensively. The Cowgirls could onlymanage nine field goals in the second half compared to NAU's 15 in the77-55 loss.

NAU was led by Kara Kleinhenz, who finished the night with 20 points.The Lumberjacks shot 45% (29-65) from the field and 50% from beyond thearc.

The Cowgirls were led by senior Jessica Gibbs, who despite fouling out,led the team in scoring with 16 points and six rebounds. Freshman BrendaPickup, in her first start of her career, had a career high ten points.Wyoming only shot 38% (18-47) from the field and committed 27 turnovers.

"I think having to mix up some people, and playing them at differentpositions they're not used to playing really affected us offensively,"said head coach Cindy Fisher. "Darci had to play a lot of perimeterdefense, which she isn't used to, and they got two three-point shots atthe end of the first half and it really gave them a boost going intohalftime. But I think this team has to realize that they have to go on,be strong and be accountable. We might of needed to get this one out ofthe way, and maybe it will make us realize what it's going to take forthis team to rise to the occasion."

"Jessica Gibbs really gave us some good minutes tonight, Ann McCollplayed strong and Brenda Pickup got thrown into the fire and did somenice stuff. I think we'll be fine, we just need to get our confidenceback and move on to be successful."

The Cowgirls now fall to 4-3 overall on the season. They will playIdaho State next Saturday in Casper, Wyo. at 5:30 p.m.