Cold-Shooting Cowgirls Lose to Lobos

Jan. 14, 2006

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The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (12-3 overall, 2-2 in the MWC) had a tough day as they fell by the final of 62-39 against the New Mexico Lobos (13-4 overall, 3-1 in the MWC) on Saturday afternoon in Albuquerque.

"It was really a tale of two halves," said head coach Joe Legerski. "Against a quality team like New Mexico you have to make more plays than they do, and we had a real struggle on the offensive end in the second half. I was pleased with the effort of Megan McGuffey who really stepped up in the second half."

Freshman Megan McGuffey led the Cowgirls in scoring with 15 second half points followed by Michelle Taylor with ten and Hanna Zavecz with six. Zavecz and Erin Hicks finished with a team high six rebounds while Megan McGuffey and Rebecca Vanderjagt had five each. Wyoming shot 15-50 (.300) from the field and a disappointing 0-14 (.000) from the three-point line.

Dionne Marsh was the leading scorer for the Lobos with 13 followed by two players with ten. Jana Francis recorded 11 rebounds. UNM shot 26-64 (.406) from the field and out rebounded the Cowgirls 41-35.

It was low scoring for the first several minutes of the game, but the momentum was on the Cowgirls side as they opened up a 10-4 lead behind six points by senior Michelle Taylor. New Mexico battled back and scored eight unanswered to regain a two-point advantage, 12-10. A couple of quick baskets by Wyoming put them back up by two unfortunately Brandi Kimball scored four straight points to give UNM the lead, 16-14. The Cowgirls once again responded with a 6-0 run to go back up by four, 20-16, but a big three-point field goal by Brandi Kimball brought the Lobos to within one, 20-19. Over the last few minutes of the half it was a battle as UNM scored the final four of five points to take a two point advantage in to the locker room, 23-21.

Senior Michelle Taylor led all scorers at the half with ten points followed by Hanna Zavecz with six points and a team high six rebounds. The Cowgirls shot 10-25 (.400) from the field and out rebounded UNM 19-16. The Lobos were led into halftime by Brandi Kimball and Dionne Marsh with seven. Abbie Letz led the way with five rebounds. New Mexico shot 9-29 (.310) from the field and 3-3 from the free throw line.

New Mexico came out fired up out of the break as they went on a 14-0 run to extend their lead to double-figures, 37-21, as the Cowgirls went cold and didn't score until the 13:34 mark with two free throws by Megan McGuffey. They wouldn't get their first field goal until two minutes later at 11:29. The Lobos continued to build upon that lead with an 8-2 run to make it a 20-point advantage, 45-25. Things didn't get much better on the offensive end for Wyoming as they hit only three field goals in 14 minutes as UNM made it a 26-point game, 56-30. Unfortunately for the Cowgirls that couldn't make a big enough come back as the Lobos went on to the 62-39 victory.

The Cowgirls will only have one game next week as they host the BYU Cougars, on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 7:00 p.m.