Second Half Rally Not Enough as Cowgirls Lose to Lady Rebels

Jan. 11, 2007

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (10-4 overall, 1-1 in the MWC) came up short in their bid for a road conference win with a 51-46 loss against the UNLV Lady Rebels (8-7 overall, 2-1 in the MWC) on Thursday night in Las Vegas.

Wyoming was led by Justyna Podziemska with 14 points, along with seven rebounds, four steals and three blocked shots. Hanna Zavecz and Aubrey Vandiver each had nine points, while Jodi Bolerjack chipped in eight. Megan McGuffey tied her career high with ten rebounds, while Podziemska had seven. As a team, they were 19-57 (.333) from the field, but really struggled from the three-point line going 5-29 (.172).

"We couldn't make enough stops tonight in order to let us get ahead," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "We fought back, but when you shoot 5-29 from the three-point line that doesn't win basketball games. It just seemed that we didn't have our focus."

The Lady Rebels were led by Sequoia Holmes with 14 points. Brittany Halberg finished with 12 points followed by Shamela Hampton with ten points and nine rebounds. Faye Muller was the leading rebounder with 12. UNLV was 19-54 (.352) from the field while out rebounding the Cowgirls 44-32.

Podziemska hit the first basket of the game to put the Cowgirls up early, but UNLV answered with 12 straight points to take their first lead of the game 12-3. Wyoming struggled as they went over seven minutes before a Dominique Sisk lay-up ended that scoring drought. Over the next four minutes, the Lady Rebels extended their lead to double-figures, 18-7, while the Cowgirls went 2-9 from the field. Then a three-point field goal by Podziemska would spark a 7-0 run to pull them to within four, 18-14. Unfortunately, two quick baskets by UNLV helped them regain a 22-14 lead. Wyoming kept their composure and scored the next four of five to make it a five point game, 23-18, but the Lady Rebels closed out the half on a 6-2 run to take a 29-20 lead in to the locker room.

At halftime, Podziemska was the leading scorer for the Cowgirls with ten points followed by Bolerjack with four and three players with two. Wyoming shot 8-29 (.276) from the field and 2-16 (.125) from beyond the arc. The Lady Rebels were led by Halberg with eight, while Muller and Holmes both had six each. They were 10-22 (.455) from the field and 9-10 (.900) from the free throw line.

The Cowgirls made a small run out of the halftime break to pull within six, 30-24, but UNLV scored six straight to take a double-digit lead, 36-24 with 14:57 remaining in the game. Both teams went a couple of minutes without scoring until a Bolerjack free throw ended that which started a 10-0 run by the Cowgirls to make it a two point lead with just over nine minutes remaining, 36-34. Hampton would hit a shot to end the Lady Rebels four minute scoring drought, but Vandiver would score the next five points for Wyoming to make it a 40-39 in favor of UNLV. A Holmes basket put the Lady Rebels back up by three, 42-39. McGuffey hit a lay-up to pull the Cowgirls to within one, 42-41, unfortunately the Lady Rebels scored seven of the next nine to make it a six point game, 49-43 with 1:13 remaining in the game. With 41.9 seconds remaining in the game, a big three-point field goal by Bolerjack made it a three-point game, 49-46. Despite a final look at the basket by Wyoming, they would fall short of a come back by the final of 51-46.

Wyoming will continue their road trip against the BYU Cougars, on Saturday, Jan. 13, in Provo, Utah beginning at 2:00 p.m.