Women's Basketball

Lobos Shoot Down Cowgirls

Feb. 24, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. - *Wyoming at New Mexico - New Mexico 65-54 - Box Score

The Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team fell to the New Mexico Lobos, 65-54, on Saturday night in Albuquerque.

The game started off with New Mexico quickly jumping out to a 5-0 lead, but the Cowgirls kept their composure and tied the score at five all and then eight all. Wyoming gained their first lead with 14 minutes left in the half at 14-10, and they maintained a lead for almost four minutes. A 10-2 run by the Lobos then gave them a lead of seven at 25-18. Sophomore Ann McColl tried to help close that gap with her 12 points in the half, but the Lobos still took a 35-30 lead into the half.

The Cowgirls managed to keep the score under double-digits in the first part of the second half. Unfortunately, foul trouble and fatigue really started to set in for the Cowgirls as both Shelby Hoffman and Brenda Pickup had to sit out most of the half with four fouls. With almost eight minutes left in the game, the Lobos took one of their largest leads of the game at 57-41. They continued to overpower the Cowgirls the rest of the game onto a 65-54 victory.

New Mexico was led by Chelsea Grear with 12 points. Nikki Heckroth and Molly McKinnon finished the night with a team leading five rebounds. The Lobos were 24-51 (.471) from the field and 6-16 (.375) from beyond the arc.

Wyoming was led by Ann McColl with 18 points and six rebounds. Jessica Gibbs also tallied 14 points and seven rebounds. The Cowgirls were 19-52 (.365) from the field, but struggled from the three point line (3-17).

"I thought we did a very good job defending them in the first twenty minutes of the game," said head coach Cindy Fisher. "For about five minutes, we were getting people we wanted to take shots in the zone, they were just getting second and third chances to score. We talked a lot in the lockerroom that we forced some shots that we really wanted. Unfortunately when you struggle defensively, you start to tighten up on the offensive end and we turn the ball over and our shot selection isn't the best. But, I felt like the last three or four minutes of the game, we played really hard and the people that finished the game played until the end. Our posts played well with Jessica finishing with 14 points and seven boards and Ann with 18 points and six rebounds, and they battled as hard as they could."



The Cowgirls are now 10-15 overall and 2-10 in the Mountain West Conference. They will host their final two regular season games next week against San Diego State and UNLV.

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