Cowgirl Basketball Wins Thriller In Overtime
Nov. 24, 2000
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Oregon State Tournament (Corvallis, Ore.)
In a thrilling opening game in the OSU Beaver Classic, the Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team (2-0 overall) defeated Big 12 opponent Kansas State (2-1 overall), in overtime 73-70 on Friday night in Corvallis, Ore.
The Wildcats opened up the game on fire taking an early 8-0 lead. It would take the Cowgirls over four minutes to finally score their first basket as Shelby Hoffman would hit a three-point basket. Both teams really battled throughout the rest of the half, with no team gaining more than a three point advantage, although Kansas State would take a 33-30 lead into halftime.
Wyoming continued to hang tough in the second half. With 16:25 left, a three-point shot by Brenda Pickup tied the score at 36 all and the momentum seemed to sway the Cowgirls way. They would take the lead 46-43 and build on their advantage, and at one point had an eight point lead. But the Wildcats wouldn't give up and with 3.5 seconds left in the game, they hit a two-point shot to send it into overtime.
Overtime was very crucial, as the Cowgirls had only seven players on the bench with sophomores Ann McColl and Lisa McCann fouling out late in the second half. Wyoming jumped out with the two point lead, 67-65, and would never let it go. With two free-throws, Carly Stucky would seal the game for a 73-70 victory.
"I was really proud of this team, because they executed as well as I've seen them all season," said head coach Cindy Fisher. "The other thing I was most happy with was Kansas State went on an 8-0 run to start the game and I took the time out and told them to calm down and execute better, and that's what they did. They came out of that time out relaxed and we got right back in it. We kept working at it and in the end it all came together for us."
Despite being outrebounded 53-36, the Cowgirls only committed 15 turnovers compared to the Wildcats 28. But the big story was the three-point line, as Wyoming finished 10-27 for 37%, while Kansas State shot a dismal 2-22 for 9%. Senior Shelby Hoffman had the hot hand for the Cowgirls, as she finished with 23 points and two assists. She was 8-20 from the field and 7-18 from the three-point line. Jessica Gibbs also added 11 points and 12 rebounds.
"The thing I'm most proud about with Shelby is that she's showing great leadership on the floor. She makes sure we know what we're in at all times, plus really talking and communicating. If she can go 7-18 from the three-point line that's all we need to do and be consistent with that. Overall, I think she worked hard on the both sides of the ball."
The Cowgirls are now 2-0 overall, while the Wildcats drop to 2-1 on the
season. Wyoming will face the winner of the Princeton/Oregon State
winner on Saturday night at 8:00 p.m., MST.