Women's Basketball

Cowgirl Hoops Earns Split on Road Trip

Dec. 21, 2000


Wyoming at Cal State Sacramento - Wyoming 80-68 - Box Score

The Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team finished their road trip by handing the Sacramento State Hornets their ninth straight loss with a 80-68 victory on Thursday night in Sacramento.

The Cowgirls dominated the early part of the first half taking a 14-4 lead, mainly helped by eight points from sophomore Ann McColl. Thw UW lead would grow to a 25-14 advantage. Sacramento State then got back in the game behind ten points by Torilynn Boyd and a three minute shooting drought by the Cowgirls. Despite the late lack of scoring by the Cowgirls, they would still take a 40-30 lead into halftime.

Both teams struggled a little bit coming out of halftime with several turnovers and poor shooting. But with 13 minutes left in the half, Darci Arsene would hit three shots in a row to up the lead to 54-44. Sacramento State had different ideas, as they would score the next seven points to close the gap to three. The Cowgirls would maintain the lead throughout the half, but the Hornets stayed on their heels the entire way. With three minutes left and a 67-61 lead in the game, Wyoming seemed to gain control of the contest. Two free-throws by Ann McColl iced the game for the Cowgirls as they would win the game, 80-68.

"I was very pleased with the way they bounced back after Nevada," said head coach Cindy Fisher. "We were really excited to play tonight, and I think a lot of our turnovers were caused by rushing too much and trying to push the ball in transition. This time of year before Christmas, when everyone would like to be with their families, it's good to get a road victory and have everyone come off the bench and contribute. I thought Darci had a nice game, and we had all five starters in double-figures and they all played well together. We'll just have fun over the next five days, comeback, regroup and get ready for two home games."

Sacramento State was led by Sephora Scoubes, who finished the night with 25 points and seven rebounds. As a team, the Hornets shot 23-55 (42%) from the field, but committed 29 turnovers in the loss.

All five starters scored in double-figures for Wyoming, including senior Jessica Gibbs, who recorded her fourth double-double of the season. She finished the night with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Also for the second game in a row, Ann McColl scored in double-figures with 16 points. The Cowgirls shot 30-55 (55%) from the field and 91% (20-22) from the charity stripe.

"When the game got tough tonight, I was happy with the play and leadership of Jessica Gibbs and Shelby Hoffman. Jessica played really well-rounded game with 19 points and 11 rebounds. She gave great effort on the floor. Also, Shelby picked it up when we needed her and made some things happen. She wasn't going to let us lose this game, which was really nice to see."

This was the final game for the Cowgirls before the Christmas break, as they run their record to 6-4 overall. They will host Monmouth on Sat., Dec. 30 at 2:00 p.m., and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Tues., Jan. 2 at 2:00 p.m. Both games will be played in the MultiPurpose Gym.



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