Cowgirl Basketball Loses Heartbreaker Against Montana

Jan. 6, 2005

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Missoula, Montana - The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (8-4 overall) opened up the New Year with a tough 48-45 loss against the Montana Lady Griz (7-5 overall) on Thursday night in Missoula.

After a Hanna Zavecz free throw put the Cowgirls up early in the game, the Lady Griz scored five straight points to take a 5-1 lead. Wyoming answered back with seven straight points to regain a three point lead, but Montana went on a 7-0 run of their own to go up 12-8. A couple of baskets by the Cowgirls evened things up at 12. The Lady Griz quickly regained the lead 20-12, while Wyoming went over six minutes with a basket until a three-point field goal by Hanna Zavecz broke that drought. Both teams played very even in the final minutes of the half as the Lady Griz would take a 25-19 lead in to the locker room.

Wyoming was led in the first half by freshman Hanna Zavecz who finished with ten points followed by Ashley Elliott with six. Kristen Lenhardt recorded a team high five rebounds. The Cowgirls struggled as they were 7-28 (.250) from the field and a dismal 3-16 (.188) from beyond the arc.

Montana was led by Katie Edwards with eight points, while Jody McLeaod brought down nine rebounds. The Lady Griz shot 10-28 (.357) from the field, while out rebounding the Cowgirls 25-16.

An Ashley Elliott three-point field goal pulled the Cowgirls to within five out of the break, but the Lady Griz went on a 10-5 run to open up a double-digit lead 37-27. Wyoming again battled back with six straight points to make the score 37-33 yet again a couple of baskets by Montana helped them regain a 41-33 advantage. Unfortunately for them, the Cowgirls wouldn't go away as a 10-2 run by Wyoming even things up at 43 all. A Hollie Tyler turnaround basket gave Montana a two point advantage, but a Jodi Bolerjack jumper tied it up at 45 all with two and a half minutes left in the game. The Lady Griz would go back to their senior again with under a minute to go as Tyler went inside to put her team up by two. The Cowgirls had several opportunities, but they would fall just short 48-45.

Wyoming was led by Hanna Zavecz who finished with a game high 17 points, six rebounds and four assists. She was followed by Ashley Elliott with 14 points. Guard Erin Hicks led the way in rebounds with seven. As a team, the Cowgirls shot 16-56 (.286) from the field and 7-29 (.241) from beyond the arc.

"We didn't shoot the ball well tonight and we had to do that in order to win this game," said head coach Joe Legerski. "We attacked the zone in all the areas, but when you go 7-29 from beyond the arc and being very limited in the post hurt us. I give our kids credit. We hung in their and really took it down to the end of the game."

The Cowgirls will continue their road trip on Saturday afternoon as they face the Sacramento State Hornets at 3:00 p.m. MT in Sacramento, Calif.