Women's Basketball

Cowgirls Come Up Short In Texas

Jan. 5, 2001


WYOMING at Texas-Pan American - Texas-Pan American 66-61 - Box Score

In a bid to win four games in a row, the Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball team fell short with a 66-61 loss to the Texas Pan AM Lady Broncs on Friday night in Edinburg.

After the Lady Broncs scored the opening basket of the game, the Cowgirls would take over the lead from there with a couple of early three-point shots by Shelby Hoffman and Jessica Gibbs. With 7:58 to go, the Cowgirls would gain their biggest advantage of the half with a 30-20 score. But Texas Pan AM would not go away as they would go on a 13-4 to close the gap to 34-33. Fortunately for the Cowgirls, they would still take a 39-35 lead into halftime.

Texas Pan AM came out early and tied the score at 40-40, but Wyoming quickly regained the lead, 48-40, with a couple of baskets from Ann McColl and a three-pointer by Shelby Hoffman. The Cowgirls advantage would grow to 56-46, but the Lady Broncs had other thoughts. Texas Pan AM was helped by a eight minute scoring drought by the Cowgirls and a 15-0 run of their own. With the score at 61-57, a three-pointer by Heather Shaffner would make it 61-59, but a basket and a foul shot by Naima Williams would seal the 66-61 victory for the Lady Broncs.

"It's like I told them at halftime, that the second half is really important," said head coach Cindy Fisher. "We've got to execute, be really patient, get second effort on the boards and we didn't do that. We really struggled to score, after we went on an eight minute scoring drought, and people needed to step up and score and that wasn't happening tonight. We should have dominated in the low post and we hardly go any looks down low. Overall, I think we struggled to get the ball in the basket, and you don't want to do that on the road."

"I was disappointed, because I don't think we take any real positives from this game in getting read for Colorado State. But I think up to this point we'd played good basketball, and had a lot of confidence in where we were headed. We've got to get back and regroup and just realize that one game doesn't make a season, and we've got to pick it up from here."

The Cowgirls fall to 8-5 overall in their final non-conference game of the season. They will open up conference play at home against Colorado State on Sat., Jan. 13 at 2:00 p.m.



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