Zavecz Wins It for No. 22 Wyoming

Jan. 3, 2008

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hanna Zavecz hit a jumper at the buzzer, and No. 22 Wyoming overcame a tough shooting night for a 53-51 victory over San Francisco on Thursday night.

Justyna Podziemska scored 19 points and hit a key 3-pointer with 1:02 left, while Zavecz finished with 16 points for the Cowgirls (12-1), who appeared rusty in their return from a 15-day holiday break.

Aubrey Vandiver had eight points and eight rebounds as Wyoming made just 34.7 percent of its shots, including an 0-for-8 performance by senior Jodi Bolerjack.

The Cowgirls' struggles allowed the outmanned Dons (9-6) to stay close. Podziemska's third 3-pointer put the Cowgirls up 51-47, but San Francisco tied it with layups by Necolia Simmons and Jordan Kuzma before Zavecz's winning shot.

Shay Rollins scored 11 points for San Francisco as both teams finished their nonconference schedules. The Dons had 20 turnovers, and no other player managed more than Dominique Carter's six points.


The start of the game was delayed by an hour due to a power outage on campus.

"Senior leadership prevailed tonight," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "Our last three baskets were by Justyna, Dominique and the last one by Hanna. The character of this group is tremendous to believe you weren't going to play the game, and then the lights came back on. The brightest of all were Justyna and Hanna. Not only did Hanna score 16 points, she limited their top scorer to six points."

Wyoming will begin the 2008 Mountain West Conference season on Wednesday, January 9, against the New Mexico Lobos. The game, which will be broadcast on CSTV, will tip off at 8:00 p.m. in Albuquerque.