Stingy Defense Sends No. 20 Wyoming to Win Over San Diego State

Jan. 19, 2008

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) -

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Hanna Zavecz scored 21 points and No. 20 (AP) Wyoming extended its winning streak to 10 with a 65-49 victory over San Diego State on Saturday.

Jodi Bolerjack scored 11 points and Aubrey Vandiver finished with 10 for the Cowgirls (16-1, 4-0 Mountain West). Zavecz also had seven rebounds, four steals and three blocks. She was 8-11 from the field and 5-7 from the free throw line.

Allison Duffy led San Diego State with 14 points.

Wyoming held the Aztecs scoreless for nearly 7 minutes to open the game, building a 13-0 lead. The Cowgirls led 20-2 before San Diego State went on a 9-2 run.

Wyoming closed out the half with a 15-7 surge to lead 37-18 at the break.

Post Game Notes/Quotes

"I think when two teams come out and compete for 40 minutes it's going to be physical," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "Both teams want to play well and succeed and when you have that combination it gets to that point, but I thought it was a well played game. We knew our turnovers would be up because of the pressure defense that San Diego State plays.

"Hanna Zavecz is special. The reality is that she is a special player and she makes plays that you can not coach. For her to have 21 points tonight, 8-11 from the field after getting off to a slow start tonight is just a good thing."

The Cowgirls shot 21-40 (.525) from the field and 21-31 (.677) from the free throw line

The Aztecs were 15-60 (.250) from the field, while out rebounding the Cowgirls 42-29.

Wyoming will continue play at home next week as they host the UNLV Rebels, on Wednesday, January 23. The game is set for 7:00 p.m. in the Arena Auditorium.

San Diego State Head Coach Beth Burns

"Our league is far reaching and we have to experience these things to get better."

"We have a very young team and a lot of our girls are first year players. A big assist goes to Joe (Legerski), he has done a fantastic job and he has a team that is very fun to watch and a lot of people around these parts enjoy watching them."

"Unfortunately for us as much as we talked about it and prepared for it, the environment really affected us."

"I think what makes them (Wyoming) so good is their unselfishness and their ability to run their offense."

On Hanna Zavecz:
"I have great respect for her (Hanna Zavecz) and her toughness, which sets the tone for their team. Her sheer presence and toughness makes everyone around her better and everyone else feeds off of it."

"You see certain ones that are special and that are just winners. She is one of them. When we go over their stuff, for her, I just put 'tough, winner, scorer'."