Women's Basketball

Cowgirls Pull Out Victory Against Wildcats

Dec. 6, 2000


Weber State at Wyoming - Wyoming 71-66 - Box Score

The University of Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team (4-2) pulled out a 71-66 victory over the Weber State Wildcats (1-5) on Wednesday night in Laramie.

The Cowgirls started off slowly falling behind 22-12 in the first half. But behind great defense and shot selection, Wyoming would go on a 23-2 run to take a 35-24 lead into the locker room.

"I think we did some nice things in the first half. The defense is something we hadn't worked a whole lot on, but I was really pleased with the way the kids came out and ran the half court trap. I think we created a lot of turnovers, which helped a lot to really get Crystal Howe off the block and doing what she does best."

In the second half, the Cowgirls continued to build on that lead, and at one point would hold a 20 point advantage with 10:46 left in the half. Weber State would give the Cowgirls a scare as they closed the gap to four, but it wouldn't be enough with Wyoming holding onto the 71-66 victory.

An unfortunate incident happened to the Cowgirls in the second half, as sophomore guard Carly Stucky went down with a knee injury after a hard hit by Jamie Peterson. She would not return, and will be re-evaluated today.

"The situation with Carly really doesn't look good. I haven't actually asked specifically because I don't want to know but by the faces of the doctors and the trainers it doesn't look good."

"It's like I told them in the locker room. We either rise to the occasion or we fall and fold. I know this team has been through so much adversity, and with their strong character and will I think they'll do the best they possibly can. Obviously it's going to hurt us tremendously with the injury to Carly. We said from the very beginning we're one major injury away. If that's the case it's going to be a struggle but I know they'll fight and fight, and we'll win some ball games."

Stephanie Stanger led the way for the Wildcats finishing the night with 23 points and six rebounds. She was followed by Crystal Howe with 18 points and 11 rebounds.

Once again, four of five starters scored in double figures, including sophomore Ann McColl. She led the team with a career high 20 points in addition to 11 rebounds. She was 7-10 from the field and 6-11 from the charity stripe. Senior Shelby Hoffman also added 15 points to the cause. The Cowgirls shot 48% (25-52) from the field and an almost equalling 43% (6-14) from beyond the arc.

"I think Ann really stepped it up. She knew that it was crunch time, and knew we needed somebody on the floor that was going to make up for Carly. Carly was really on a good steak there with 12 at half time. I think she just knew how important she was and she came to play the second half and did a great job for us."

"You don't lose your best player in the middle of a game like that and expect the team to stay focused on every aspect. You wish could but with this team and everything we've been through there's no way you can do that. I was just proud that we could hold on and win the game because we could have easily folded."

The Cowgirls now move to 4-2 overall on the season. They will travel to Flagstaff, Ariz., for a Saturday match up with Northern Arizona.



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