Cowgirl Hoops Earns Split on Road Trip

Dec. 21, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Wyoming at Cal State Sacramento - Wyoming 80-68 - Box Score

The Wyoming Cowgirl BasketballTeam finished their road trip by handing the Sacramento State Hornetstheir ninth straight loss with a 80-68 victory on Thursday night inSacramento.

The Cowgirls dominated the early part of the first half taking a 14-4lead, mainly helped by eight points from sophomore AnnMcColl. Thw UW lead would grow to a 25-14 advantage. Sacramento State thengot back in the game behind ten points by Torilynn Boyd and a threeminute shooting drought by the Cowgirls. Despite the late lack ofscoring by the Cowgirls, they would still take a 40-30 lead intohalftime.

Both teams struggled a little bit coming out of halftime with severalturnovers and poor shooting. But with 13 minutes left in the half, DarciArsene would hit three shots in a row to up the lead to 54-44.Sacramento State had different ideas, as they would score the next sevenpoints to close the gap to three. The Cowgirls would maintain the leadthroughout the half, but the Hornets stayed on their heels the entireway. With three minutes left and a 67-61 lead in the game, Wyomingseemed to gain control of the contest. Two free-throws by Ann McColliced the game for the Cowgirls as they would win the game, 80-68.

"I was very pleased with the way they bounced back after Nevada," saidhead coach Cindy Fisher. "We were really excited to play tonight, and Ithink a lot of our turnovers were caused by rushing too much and tryingto push the ball in transition. This time of year before Christmas, wheneveryone would like to be with their families, it's good to get a roadvictory and have everyone come off the bench and contribute. I thoughtDarci had a nice game, and we had all five starters in double-figuresand they all played well together. We'll just have fun over the nextfive days, comeback, regroup and get ready for two home games."

Sacramento State was led by Sephora Scoubes, who finished the nightwith 25 points and seven rebounds. As a team, the Hornets shot 23-55(42%) from the field, but committed 29 turnovers in the loss.

All five starters scored in double-figures for Wyoming, includingsenior Jessica Gibbs, who recorded her fourth double-double of theseason. She finished the night with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Also forthe second game in a row, Ann McColl scored in double-figures with 16points. The Cowgirls shot 30-55 (55%) from the field and 91% (20-22)from the charity stripe.

"When the game got tough tonight, I was happy with the play andleadership of Jessica Gibbs and Shelby Hoffman. Jessica played reallywell-rounded game with 19 points and 11 rebounds. She gave great efforton the floor. Also, Shelby picked it up when we needed her and made somethings happen. She wasn't going to let us lose this game, which wasreally nice to see."

This was the final game for the Cowgirls before the Christmas break, asthey run their record to 6-4 overall. They will host Monmouth on Sat.,Dec. 30 at 2:00 p.m., and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Tues., Jan. 2 at2:00 p.m. Both games will be played in the MultiPurpose Gym.