Cowgirls Get Back to Winning Ways
Jan. 31, 2002
*WYOMING 70, AIR FORCE 66 - Box Score
Colorado Springs, Colo. -- In thrilling fashion, the University of Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team (10-8 overall, 3-3 in the MWC) defeated the Air Force Academy Falcons (4-15 overall, 0-6 in the MWC) by the final of 70-66, on Thursday night in Colorado Springs.
The game opened up slowly with each team trading baskets and no one team seeming to want to take control. But with the score 9-8 for the Cowgirls, they would go on an 8-0 run to open up a nine point margin. The Falcons would hit a couple of baskets to close it to four, but Wyoming would get the lead back up to eight. Another small four point run by Air Force would once again close the margin to three, but the Cowgirls answered back with an 8-0 scoring run. Despite a couple of Falcon baskets in the last minute, UW would still take a 30-26 lead into the half.
The Falcons continued to play with a lot of fight and determination to start the second half as they opened up the half with a 9-5 run to tie the score at 35 all. They would take their first lead of the second half, 39-38, with 13:47, but it was answered by a Carly Stucky three-point shot, which was in turn answered by an Amoy Jackson basket to regain the lead. Each team continued to trade buckets until the Cowgirls would take a 61-57 lead with four minutes to go in the game, but Air Force continued to stay hot on the heels of Wyoming. It wouldn't be until two free throws by freshman Ashley Elliott and the final buzzer before the Cowgirls would come away with a 70-66 victory.
The Cowgirls were led by Ann McColl, who finished with a career high 24
points, along with a team high nine boards. She was 10-15 from the field
and a perfect 4-4 from the charity stripe. Junior Carrie Bacon also
chipped in 15 points and eight rebounds. As a team, the Cowgirls shot
50% (24-48) from the field and outrebounded the Falcons 35-22.
Guard Latoya Howell finished with a game high 25 points for the Falcons, along with six assists and six steals. Air Force shot 27-56 (48%) from the field.
"It was just good to get out of here with a victory tonight," said head coach Cindy Fisher. "We didn't take care of the ball and come out of the gate with the intensity we needed to. But, you can tell them all you want in the scouting report that Latoya Howell leading the conference in steals, you have to take care of the ball. Our girls dug in and Ann McColl just came through in the second half like I knew she could. It's just a great feeling to come out of here with a victory and feel good about it."
The Cowgirls will now travel to Albuquerque to take on the New Mexico Lobos, Saturday afternoon, at 1:00 p.m.