Cowgirl Hoops Earns Fifth Victory of the Season

Dec. 16, 2000

CASPER, Wyo. - Wyoming vs. Idaho State, Casper, WY - Wyoming 64-46 - Box Score

In overwhelming fashion, the WyomingCowgirl Basketball team earned their fifth victory of the season with aconvincing victory, 64-46, over the Idaho State Bengals on Saturdaynight in Casper, Wyo.

The Cowgirls jumped out early in the taking the 12-5 lead, which was alead they would never relinquish. They held the Bengals to only ninepoints in the first ten minutes of the game, and at the seven minutemark held a 15 point advantage. Idaho State made a little run beforeending the half closing the gap to five, but would go into halftime down35-26. The second half was no different from the first with toughdefense from the Cowgirls. They held off any run by the Bengals and wenton to the 64-46 victory.

Mandi Carver led the way for the Bengals with ten points and tenrebounds. Idaho State finished the night shooting 38% (18-47) andcommitted 25 turnovers.

Ann McColl was the highlight show for the Cowgirls, as she tossed in acareer high 22 points along with 11 rebounds. She 9-15 from the field and 4-5from the free throw line. Senior Jessica Gibbs also finished the nightscoring in double-figures with 13 points and nine points. Rebounding wasthe key for the Cowgirls as they outrebounded the Bengals 48 to 27. Theywere 24-57 (42%) from the field, along with 14 steals.

"I think this team probably came out more focused and ready to go thanI have seen them all year. Every single person had their game face on,new what to do and it was a real solid effort on the floor."

"Emotion played a big part in this game. That was one thing we weredisappointed about at NAU, we played as individuals and weren't reallyfocused. We had seen that emotion up until that point, so it was reallygreat to see that come back tonight."

"I was really proud of how the kids played defensively, because when wekeep Jessica Gibbs on the floor and out of foul trouble good thingshappen. She's a great leader, communicator and really the base of ourdefense. We worked on it all week, so I was proud that we came out andexecuted it."

"I didn't want to give up the front on the defense, and we played thepass as well as we could. We had great ball pressure, which I think tookthem out of their game a little bit."

The Cowgirls will now go on a two-game road trip with contests againstNevada on Tuesday night and Sacramento State on Thursday night. Theywill return to action at home on Saturday, Dec. 30 against Monmouth at2:00 p.m.

"The thing about Nevada is that they are very similar to a team likeIdaho State. They are very solid in the post game and have a lot ofdepth in that area, which is something we'll have to concentrate on overthe next couple of days. Their leading scorer and best player isprobably freshman Ashley Orendorff who was out against Idaho State, soit may be a little different of a game. But, I think overall it will bevery similar as far as tendencies and personal, so it should be a reallyclose battle."