Big Come Back Victory For Wyoming Over TCU, 68-67

Jan. 7, 2006

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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In their first home conference game of the year, the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (11-2 overall, 1-1 in the MWC) pulled out a thrilling one-point victory, 68-67, over the TCU Horned Frogs (6-6 overall, 0-1 in the MWC) on Saturday afternoon in Laramie.

"With the game today, I can't say enough about the heart and effort of this team," said head coach Joe Legerski. "We're down 13 points with 11 minutes to go and we kept talking to them about hanging in there and getting the crowd in to it. Today's crowd was also evidence of what kind of influence they can have in a game. I can't say enough about what they do for us.

"We shot poorly from the free throw line, which could be a number of things. Also, TCU is a very talented team and they'll do very well in our league. I think we couldn't have asked any more of Hanna getting the rebound with 20 seconds to go, made a play to get fouled and then hit two of the biggest free throws. We're asking players to make big plays and it seems like they keep coming out of the blue on who is going to do that. Hanna (Zavecz) gets a double-double and Jodi Bolerjack got us going in the first half."

The Cowgirls were led by sophomore Jodi Bolerjack, who recorded a career high 22 points in her 33 minutes of play. She was 8-13 (.615) from the field and 4-7 (.571) from beyond the arc. Hanna Zavecz followed with a double-double including 16 points and a career high 13 rebounds. Wyoming shot 23-54 (.426) from the field, 8-19 (.421) from the three point line and out rebounded TCU 38-33.

Three players finished the game in double-figures for the Lady Frogs, including Adrianne Ross with 18. Lorie Butler-Rayford had a team high eight rebounds and 14 points and Natasha Lacy recorded 11 points. TCU shot 23-54 (.426) from the field and 3-12 (.250) from beyond the arc.

TCU jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, but Wyoming responded with 11 straight points, including three straight three point field goals, to take an 11-4 advantage. The Lady Frogs answered back with a 10-3 scoring run to even things up at 14 all. The two teams traded baskets and the lead until TCU took a slight 21-17 lead. Hanna Zavecz hit a three-point field goal to bring Wyoming to within one, 21-20, unfortunately TCU would run off the next 13 of 17 to take a double-figure lead, 34-24. The Cowgirls battled back and closed out the half on a 9-4 run but still went in down by three 38-35.

Jodi Bolerjack led all scorers at half with 15 followed by Hanna Zavecz with eight. Zavecz was the Cowgirls leading rebounder with eight. Wyoming shot 212-24 (.500) from the field and 7-12 (.583) from beyond the arc. TCU was led by Lorie Butler-Rayford with ten points and four rebounds. The Lady Frogs were 13-32 (.406) from the field and 10-11 (.909) from the charity stripe.

Wyoming pulled to within one right out of the break but missed opportunities and a couple of baskets by TCU put the Horned Frogs back up six, 43-37. They would extend that to double-figures, 50-37, as the Cowgirls went almost four minutes without a basket. UW tried to get on a roll and scored the next seven of ten, unfortunately four straight by the Lady Frogs gave them a 13-point lead, 57-44, with 11 minutes left in the half. Down 61-50, a basket by Megan McGuffey and Erin Hicks pulled the Cowgirls to within seven, 61-54, the closest they'd been since early in the half. TCU was too strong as they answered with a 6-2 run to take it back up to a 12-point advantage at the 5:06 mark, 67-55. Wyoming wouldn't go away without a fight. Strong defense and some clutch shots let the Cowgirls chip away at the lead and a Hanna Zavecz basket with 1:09 left brought them to within one, 67-66. Two fouls and a turnover along with a big rebound by Hanna Zavecz with just 18.2 seconds remaining gave Wyoming the opportunity to go ahead. Zavecz would hit two free throws to seal the 68-67 victory.

The Cowgirls will be on the road for their next two Mountain West Conference match-ups. They will play the Air Force Academy, on Wednesday, Jan. 11, in Colorado Springs, then take on the New Mexico Lobos, on Saturday, Jan. 14, in Albuquerque. The Air Force game is set to begin at 7:00 p.m. while the game against the Lobos will start at 3:00 p.m.