Cowgirls Defeat Monmouth

Dec. 30, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Monmouth at Wyoming - Wyoming 90-55 - Box Score

With their largest margin of victoryon the season, the Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team defeated the MonmouthHawks, 90-55, on Saturday afternoon in Laramie.

The game started off slowly with only six points scored in the firstfive minutes. But with a 9-6 lead, the Cowgirls started to pour it onwith two big three-point shots to up the lead to nine. They would alsotake advantage of the turnovers by Monmouth and would go into halftimewith a 42-18 lead.

The second half didn't fair much better for the Hawks, as they would goscoreless in the first four minutes. The Cowgirls would continue todominate with their largest lead of 38 points at the 11:27 mark and wentonto the 90-55 victory.

"Despite coming out a little slow, I was really proud of the kids,"said head coach Cindy Fisher. "We talked about the first five minutesbeing the most important, slow things down and execute, and get somethings done. We had Darci in a position that she hasn't been in allseason in starting, and Shelby coming in off the bench. I was reallypleased with just having a nice lead, and Shelby came in and hit acouple of big shots that she needed. Brenda also did a good job ofrunning of the floor."

"Defensive checkouts is something we will really need to work on beforethe conference season. At the 11 minute mark, I said all I want toconcentrate on for the rest of the game is getting better at checkingout. The thing about this team is that the effort is there, and they gohard and really know their purpose on the floor. Defensively, we justneed to pick it up and get better."

Forward Michelle Cappadona was the leading scorer and rebounder for theHawks. She finished the night with ten points and 14 rebounds.Unfortunately for Monmouth, they were plagued by poor shooting from thefield ,18-66 for 27%, and 27 turnovers.

Five players scored in double-figures for the Cowgirls, includingjunior forward Christy Bacon. She finished the night with a career high21 points, along with seven assists in 34 minutes of play. ShelbyHoffman also chipped in 20 points and was 5-10 from the three-pointline. As a team the Cowgirls shot 44% (27-61) from the field and 46%(10-22) from beyond the arc.

The Cowgirls now move to 7-4 overall. They will host Texas A&M-CorpusChristi on Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. in the MPG.