Cowgirls Earn Victory Over Lady Broncs

Dec. 21, 2001

WYOMING 94, Texas-Pan American 69 - Box Score

Laramie, Wyo. -- Behind a career high 30 points fromguard Carly Stucky, the Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team (4-5 overall)defeated the Texas Pan American Lady Broncs (2-10) by the final of94-69, on Friday night, in Laramie.

After the Lady Broncs opened up the game with a basket, the Cowgirlswould take the lead and never trail during the entire game. With thescore 14-9, they would go on a 17-7 run along with a four minute scoringdrought by the Broncs would open up the lead to 31-16. The margin wouldgrow to as large as 21 points during the half as the Cowgirls would takea 51-35 lead into halftime.

The Lady Broncs would come out shooting in the second half to get thelead down to 12 points, but a couple of baskets by the Cowgirls stoppedthat run. Not giving up and the score 64-43, UT Pan American went on a9-2 run to close the margin to 66-55. But a big three-point shot byCarly Stucky stopped the run and the Lady Broncs, as the Cowgirls wouldgo onto the 94-69 victory.

UT Pan American was led by Nikki Hitchens, who finished with a teamhigh 18 points, along with recording five rebounds. Anette Johansentallied 13 rebounds to led the team. As a team, the Lady Broncs shotonly 36% (29-80) from the field, but outrebounded the Cowgirls 50-46.

Four of five starters for the Cowgirls were in double-figures,including Carly Stucky, who finished with 30 points and five rebounds.She was 9-15 from the field and 8-12 from beyond the arc. Those eightthree-point field goals set a new Arena Auditorium and school record.Darci Arsene, who finished with 16 points, led the team with eightrebounds. The Cowgirls shot 45% (29-64) from the field and 39% (10-26)from the three-point line.

"Carly hitting from the outside really helped our inside game tonight,"said head coach Cindy Fisher. "I thought she hit some big shots evenwith people playing on her. But she does it everyday in practice and itwas just a matter of time and her getting her confidence back. What adifference a year makes, because last year she was having knee surgeryand tonight she has a career high and breaks an Arena record."

"We still are having moments when we go into a lull and breakdown alittle bit offensively and defensively. But, I felt that when they gotit down to 11 we made some defensive stops and hit some shots and wejust have to have more minutes of that. Overall, tonight was a goodconfidence builder and let's the kids know they can win."

The Cowgirls next game will be Dec. 29, when they host the NorthernArizona Lumberjacks, following the men's game.