Cowgirls Pull Out Victory Over Lumberjacks, 61-59

Dec. 29, 2001

WYOMING 61, Northern Arizona 59 - Box Score

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Laramie, Wyo. -- With a double-double from junior DarciArsene, the Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team pulled out a 61-59 victoryover the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks, on Saturday night, in Laramie.The Cowgirls now up their record to 5-5 overall, while the Lumberjacksfall to 7-5 overall.

Despite being down 32-25 going into halftime, the Cowgirls came outdetermined outscoring Northern Arizona 14-3 in the first eight minutesof the second half. But the Lumberjacks hung tough as they would make a10-7 run to tie the score at 47. With three minutes left in the half,Wyoming seem to be in control with a 54-49 lead, but a determined NAUteam would close the gap to a couple of points. Finally, a couple ofrebounds and free throws would help the Cowgirls seal the 61-59 victory.

Northern Arizona was led by Jen Snitker, who finished with a teamleading 14 points. Freshman Constance Richard was the leading rebounderwith eight. As a team, the Lumberjacks shot 39% (24-61) from the fieldand struggled with only 28 rebounds.

Three starters scored in double-figures including junior Darci Arsene.She finished the night with 17 points and a career tying 15 boards inher first double-double of the season. Carrie Bacon also recorded 17points, plus seven rebounds. As a team, the Cowgirls shot only 34%(19-56) from the field, but outrebounded the Lumberjacks 50-28.

"Our goal from the beginning of the game tonight was to get points inthe paint," said head coach Cindy Fisher. "I thought in the second halfwe kept our composure and this game belongs to the great blue collareffort given by our kids. They worked out, gave a great effort and whenyou outrebound a team 50-28 is unbelievable. Darci Arsene was refusingto lose and wasn't going to let the lead go, and played out of hermind."

The Cowgirls will now host Western New Mexico on Tuesday, Jan. 1, at2:00 p.m. in the Arena.