Cowgirl Basketball Finishes Non-Conference Play On A High Note

Jan. 8, 2005

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Sacramento, Calif. (Jan. 8, 2005) - The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (9-4 overall) closed out non-conference play with a 58-36 victory against the Sacramento State Hornets (4-8 overall), on Saturday afternoon, in Sacramento.

It took both teams a couple minute to get in sync offensively until five straight points by Hanna Zavacz gave the Cowgirls the early lead. Sacramento State hit their first basket almost four minutes in to the half and Wyoming responded with nine unanswered to extend their lead to double-digits, 14-2. The Hornets struggles on the offensive end of the court continued as they went almost six minutes with out a field goal and four minutes without a point, while Wyoming extended their lead to 20-5. It continued to be all Cowgirls as they closed out the half on a 12-8 run to take a 21-13 lead in to the locker room.

Two Cowgirls finished the half in double-figures as Ashley Elliott and Hanna Zavecz both had ten points, while Elliott and Sara Hippen tallied four rebounds. Wyoming shot 13-31 (.419) from the field, while out rebounding the Hornets, 22-14.

Sacramento State was led by Ashley Mollet with four points followed by several players with two points. Katelyn Ciampi was the Hornets in rebounding with three. As a team, they were 5-23 (.217) from the field, while committing nine turnovers.

The Hornets came out fired up out of the break with two quick baskets while it took the Cowgirls a couple of minutes to get in to the flow with a basket by Hanna Zavecz. Sacramento State continued to battle but could only manage to pull within 19 points, 40-21. The two teams played evenly the remainder of the game as the Cowgirls came away with the 22-point victory, 58-36.

"We really bounced back well in this game today,' said head coach Joe Legerski. "We came out and played with an intensity that sometimes you don't get after a loss. That's were it always shows is what type of defense you're playing and we did a nice job on that end of the court.

"It always makes a difference when you hit your shots early," he added. "Hanna came out and had the first five points of the game, and everyone took a sigh of relief which got us in to an offensive flow."

Wyoming was led by Hanna Zavecz with a game high 19 points along with seven rebounds. She was followed by Ashley Elliott with 15 points and six assists. Senior Sara Hippen brought down a career high nine rebounds. As a team, the Cowgirls were 24-60 (.400) from the field.

Sacramento State had two players in double-figures. Stephanie Cherry had 11 points, while Ashley Cadotte had ten. The Hornets were 14-47 (.298) from the field, but committed 17 turnovers in the game.

The Cowgirls will open up Mountain West Conference play next week on the road. They will travel to Utah to face the BYU Cougars, on Thursday night, in Provo and the Utah Utes, on Saturday afternoon, in Salt Lake City.