Cowgirls Close Out Conference Season With Victory
March 2, 2002
*WYOMING 71, AIR FORCE 67 - Box Score
Laramie, Wyo. -- The Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team closed out their regular season with a 71-67 victory over the Air Force Academy Falcons. The Cowgirls are now 13-14 overall and 5-9 in the conference, while the Falcons fell to 4-23 overall and 0-14 in the conference.
The Falcons opened up the first half of the game by scoring the first eight points, and it wouldn't be until two free shots by Carrie Bacon before the Cowgirls would get on the board. Over the next ten minutes Air Force continued to hold onto the lead, which would grow to their largest of eleven. Wyoming hung tough by going on a 17-8 run to pull within two and went into the half down 37-35.
The Cowgirls were aggressive to begin the second half by scoring the first two baskets to take their first lead of the game, 39-37. The two teams would trade baskets and the lead, until two three-point shots by Tara Rimsky put the Cowgirls up 55-50. They held onto the lead until free throws by the Falcons tied the game up at 64. But the Cowgirls remained poised and out hussled the Falcons to go onto the 71-67 victory.
Wyoming was led by Darci Arsene, who finished with a career-tying 23 points, along with eight rebounds. She was 7-9 from the field and 9-10 from the free throw line. Carrie Bacon was the leading rebounder with nine, as she also chipped in eight points. As a team, the Cowgirls were 22-54 (.407) from the field, while outrebounding 41-39.
Latoya Howell and Shawna Neff led the Falcons in scoring with 14 points each, while Rozalyn Russ finished with a team high nine rebounds. Air Force shot 35% (23-65) from the field.
"The fun thing about a game with Air Force is that they will battle,"
said head coach Cindy Fisher. "This was their last opportunity to win a
conference game and I thought they will really focused. We really had a
lot of emotion, which you always do on senior night so it takes you a
little while to get going. But despite all of that I was just proud of
the girls and how they got it done. It was a great game, I knew it would
be and it would come down to the end."
The Cowgirls will head to Las Vegas next week for the MWC Tournament, March 6-9. Their next opponent will be announced tonight.