Jan. 11, 2006
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (12-2 overall, 2-1 in the MWC) earned their first conference road win of the season with a 64-55 victory against the Air Force Academy Falcons (10-4 overall, 1-2 in the MWC) on Wednesday night in Colorado Springs.
"I thought we executed very well on both ends of the floor," said head coach Joe Legerski. "Air Force creates problems with their defense and we were able to find the open person in the second half. Jodi Bolerjack stepped up and really gave us a big lift from three-point range. Once again, Hanna is a solid player with an impressive line tonight and I thought defensively she changed the game. Senior Erin Hicks controlled the tempo of the game and had 15 points, two blocks and two steals which was a great effort."
Three Cowgirls finished the game in double-figures, including sophomore Jodi Bolerjack with a team high 20 points. She was 6-10 (.600) from the field and 6-7 (.857) from beyond the arc. Hanna Zavecz followed with 18 points and eight rebounds, while Erin Hicks chipped in 15. Wyoming shot 23-57 (.404) from the field, 10-12 (.833) from the free throw line while out rebounding the Falcons 32-30.
Dawn Higginbotham led Air Force with 14 followed by Pam Findlay and Ellen Jaeschke with ten. Jacki Novak was the leading rebounder with seven. The Falcons were 20-47 (.426) from the field and 13-17 (.765) from the charity stripe.
Air Force came out quickly to take an early 6-3 lead, but Wyoming scored the next five of seven to even things up at eight all. It was short lived as the Falcons went on a 7-3 run to go back up by four, 15-11. The Cowgirls hit a couple of baskets to tie it up at 15 unfortunately Air Force regained a four point lead with a 6-2 scoring run, 21-17. Wyoming kept their composure despite some cold shooting and hit two quick three point field goals to close out the half to make it a 23-23 game going in to the halftime break.
Sophomore Hanna Zavecz led the Cowgirls at halftime with 11 points and five rebounds. She was followed by Erin Hicks with seven. Wyoming shot 8-29 (.276) from the field but just 2-10 (.200) from beyond the arc. They also out rebounded the Falcons 22-13. Air Force was led at the break by Jacki Novak who had eight points and four rebounds off the bench. The Falcons were 8-22 (.364) from the field and 5-8 (.625) from the free throw line.
Air Force hit two baskets right out of the half to make it a four point game, 27-23, which the Cowgirls responded with a 9-2 run to take their first lead of the game 32-29. The Falcons hit a couple of shots to pull within two, 35-33, but Wyoming stormed back scoring the next 12 of 16 to go up by double-figures, 47-37. A three-point play by Dawn Higginbotham of Air Force made it a seven point advantage for the Cowgirls, 47-40. This time nine straight points by Wyoming extended their lead back up to 16, 56-40. The Falcons wouldn't go away as they scored three unanswered baskets to make it a ten point game, 56-46. The Cowgirls kept their composure hit two three-point field goals and two free throws to make it a 16-point lead once again, 64-48. Despite being out scored the remainder of the way the Cowgirls would earn their second conference game of the season, 64-55.
The Cowgirls will close out the weekend on the road against MWC rival New Mexico Lobos, on Saturday, Jan. 14, in Albuquerque. The game against the Lobos is set to begin at 3:00 p.m.