Cowgirls Close Out Tournament With A Victory
Nov. 25, 2001
Honolulu, Hawai'i -- In the final game of the Panda Travel Rainbow Wahine Classic, the Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team (2-2 overall) closed out the weekend with a 75-71 win over the Florida Atlantic Lady Owls (0-3 overall).
For the first time, the Cowgirls were able to gain the lead from the beginning of the game, 15-4. They would hold that advantage for entire the half at times maintaining a double-digit lead. The Lady Owls would make a 13-6 run during the half to close the margin to four points, but the Cowgirls would maintain their composure and go into halftime with a 42-38 score.
In the second half, Florida Atlantic started off quickly by scoring the first seven of nine points to take their first lead of the game 45-44. Wyoming responded by going on a 15-6 run to regain an eight point advantage, 59-51. The Cowgirls would keep that lead, despite a comeback that brought the Lady Owls within one point, to come out on top with a 75-71 victory.
Florida Atlantic was led by Janka Deckerova, who finished the night with 16 points. Kristy Halvorsen led the team in rebounds with eight. The Lady Owls shot 38% (24-63) from the field.
Four individuals hit the double-figure mark for the Cowgirls, including
Carrie Bacon, who finished with a team leading and season high 21 points
and ten rebounds. She was 10-16 from the field and 1-2 from the charity
stripe. Darci Arsene also recorded her second double-digit scoring game
in a row with 18 points. As a team the Cowgirls were 32-68 (.471) from
the field and 10-19 (.526) from the charity stripe.
"Overall, I thought we had a nice game in the post," said head coach Cindy Fisher. "Darci Arsene had a really great game finishing with 18 points. One of our focuses was to get our zone to work and make them force the outside shot, which I thought we did a nice job with. Another thing was to get Cherrith Wiersma in the flow of the game and get her some looks at the basket, and I felt like she accomplished her personal goals that she set for herself. At this point in the season, we needed a win to get our confidence back up going home and allow us to get ready for Nevada, and that's what we did. A team like Florida Atlantic is tough to play, when they're very undersized and we have bad match-ups, but overall we played a great game and it feels good to get a win."
The Cowgirls will be back at home next week as they will host the Nevada Wolfpack, on Saturday night, in the Arena Auditorium.