Cowgirl Basketball Closes Out Weekend With a Loss to the Cougars
Feb. 17, 2001
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
*BYU at Wyoming - BYU 83-59 - Box Score
Despite being down only four at halftime, the Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team lost to the Brigham Young Cougars, 83-59, on Saturday afternoon in Laramie.
The Cowgirls led almost the entire first half behind ten points and four rebounds from sophomore Ann McColl. It would be the 1:28 mark, when the Cougars would tie the score at 26 all and go on to score the next four unanswered. They would take the 30-26 lead into the half.
Unfortunately for the Cowgirls in the second half, the Cougars started to pour it on. Brigham Young played 12 people compared to the Cowgirls seven, and that lack of depth caught up with Wyoming. Five players played in 30 minutes or more in the game, which proved to be too much. The Cougars went on to the 83-59 victory.
Sophomore Erin Thorn was the leading scorer for the Cougars with 19 points, while Jennifer Leitner finished with a team high eight rebounds. The Cougars finished the night 30-60 (.500) from the field and 10-21 (.476) from beyond the arc.
Jessica Gibbs was the leading scorer and rebounder with 18 points and 11 rebounds for her seventh double-double of the season. She was 7-16 from the field, along with three assists and a steal. Sophomore center Ann McColl also finished the night with 18 points and five rebounds. The Cowgirls were 20-53 (.377) from the field and 14-18 (.778) from the charity stripe.
"I was really happy with our effort today," said head coach Cindy
Fisher. "I told the kids going into the game that there were no
expectations, play has hard as you can as long as you can and make sure
something positive comes out it. I also said work on one area that is a
weakness right now and make sure you come out stronger and feeling
better about it. I thought there were some positives, but we just ran
out of steam. It was tough to get out on shooters quick enough, they
were passing the ball and getting fresh players in there, but the effort
was phenomenal. Jessica and Ann did a great job in the post, and Christy
came out in the second half and made some better decisions. I could go
through everyone of the kids, because they played hard until the end and
that's all you can ask for."
The Cowgirls drop to 9-14 overall and 1-9 in the conference. They will be on the road next week with games against the Air Force Academy and New Mexico.