Cowgirl Basketball Falls Short Against Wolfpack

Dec. 19, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Wyoming at Nevada Nevada 78-68 - Box Score

Despite a 17 point first half lead, theWyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team lost a heartbreaker against theUniversity of Nevada, 78-68, on Tuesday night in Reno.

The early part of the first half was mainly dominated by the Cowgirlsbehind good defense and shot selection as they would take the early 7-1lead, which grew to 18-8. That margin would get even larger as Nevadawent over four minutes without a basket. But with the score 30-16, theCowgirls went on a little slump of their own going almost three minutes,and the Wolfpack took advantage. They would outscore the Cowgirls 19-4to take a 35-34 lead into halftime. Sophomore Ann McColl was the leadingscorer in the first half with 11 points and five rebounds, whileCowgirls shot 48% (13-27) from the field.

Nevada would hit a couple of three-point shots to start the second halfand extend their lead to 44-35. But the Cowgirls fought back behind anice 13-0 run to regain a 48-44 advantage. With the score tied at 50all, the Wolfpack would take the lead, which grew to 66-58. With 1:06left on the clock, Ann McColl would hit two free-throw shots to closethe margin, 68-70. It wouldn't be enough as several foul shots would icethe game for the Wolfpack as they would earn the 78-68 victory.

"We just completely lost our mental focus and broke down defensivelytonight," said head coach Cindy Fisher. "When you jump on a team likethat your defense has to stay strong at home, and we completely lost ourfocus on defense. We quit executing and our depth killed us. Whenpeople are struggling, you need to be able to go to your bench and counton people not to turn the ball over. Our two point guards have tenturnovers between the two of them you're going to struggle.Unfortunately with young kids like that are going to happen, they'llhave days when they have one and others with six. In cases like thatother people need to step up and it just didn't happen tonight."

Wyoming falls to 5-4 overall on the season. The Cowgirls will nowtravel to Sacramento as they will take on the Sacramento State Hornetson Thursday night at 8:00 p.m., MST.