Jan. 16, 2008
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
The No. 20 (AP) ranked Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team moved to 15-1 overall and 3-0 in the Mountain West Conference with a 75-59 victory over the Air Force Academy Falcons (6-9 overall, 0-3 in MWC) on Wednesday night in Colorado Springs.
"It's a great effort in a very physical game," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "Hanna (Zavecz) was exceptional both offensively and defensively. Jodi Bolerjack and Dominique Sisk stepped up in the second half from three-point range to allow our cutters easy opportunities at the basket."
Wyoming was led in scoring by senior Hanna Zavecz with a season high 27 points, along with two rebounds and three assists. She was 11-13 from the field and 4-5 from beyond the arc. Fellow senior Bolerjack followed with 16 points, while Aubrey Vandiver added ten points. Vandiver and Megan McGuffey each recorded a team high six rebounds. The Cowgirls shot 30-53 (.566) from the field and .500 (12-24) from beyond the arc.
Air Force was led by Alecia Steele with 22 points and eight rebounds. Jamie Davis followed with 15 points. The Falcons were 23-57 (.404) from the field and 0-6 (.000) from beyond the arc.
The Cowgirls took the early 6-2 lead through the first media timeout in the game. Air Force responded with four straight points to even it up at six all, but a three-point field goal by Zavecz helped Wyoming regain a 9-6 advantage. After a basket by the Falcons, UW went on an 8-0 run to extend the lead to nine, 17-8. Air Force struggled from the field going over three minutes before a free throw ended their scoring drought with just over ten minutes left in the half. That would start an 11-2 run by the Falcons to even up at 19 all. The Cowgirls, who hadn't scored in about four minutes, would respond with six straight points to go back up 25-19. Again Air Force would battle back to within two, 25-23, but the Cowgirls closed out the half on a 10-2 run to take a 35-25 lead in to the locker room.
Zavecz led all scorers at the half with 16 points along with two rebounds. Bolerjack followed with seven and Justyna Podziemska with five. Three players each recorded three rebounds. As a team, they were 13-24 (.542) from the field and 6-10 (.600) from beyond the arc.
At halftime Davis led the way in scoring for Air Force with seven points while Raimee Beck added six points. Steele was the leading rebounder with five. The Falcons shot 11-30 (.367) from the field and 0-4 (.000) from beyond the arc.
Air Force would score the first basket out of the halftime break, but the Cowgirls would go on a 9-2 run to make it a 15 point game, 44-29. The Falcons responded with an 8-0 run to pull within seven, 44-37. Over the next several minutes, the two teams combined for just six points to make it 48-39 in favor of Wyoming through the second media timeout. The Cowgirls would come out and score ten of the next eighteen points to continue their 11 point lead, 58-47. They would extend that lead to 18, 69-51, by going on an 11-4 scoring run. It was never close after that as the Cowgirls would go on to the 75-59 victory.
Wyoming will be back at home to host the San Diego State Aztecs, on Saturday, January 19. The game is set to tip off at 2:00 p.m.