Jan. 20, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (12-5 overall, 3-2 in the MWC) won their second game of the week and defeated their second ranked opponent of the season with a 66-51 win over the 23rd ranked TCU Lady Frogs (13-6 overall, 3-2 in the MWC) on Saturday afternoon in Laramie.
"We played well for the entire 40 minutes tonight," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "We talked about coming out, ready and focused to play. I thought we were focused for the game the shots just didn't fall in the beginning. I also felt that going 77 percent from the free throw line really showed that we were aggressive at getting to the basket.
"Dominique Sisk was huge in today's game," he added. "To have 18 points, shoot 6-8 from the field and hit two big three point shots, while having one of the toughest defensive assignments against Adrianne Ross was a big day for her. Hanna Zavecz also had a big night with 20 points and nine rebounds, while being a calming factor for us on the court. Overall, I was happy with the team's effort."
Three Cowgirls finished their night in double-figures led by junior Hanna Zavecz. She finished with a team leading 20 points and nine rebounds, while adding three assists, steals and blocked shots. Dominique Sisk got out of her scoring slump with a career high 18 points while shooting 6-8 (.750) from the field and a perfect 4-4 from the free throw line and 2-2 from the three-point line. Freshman Aubrey Vandiver reached double-figures for the third straight game with ten points. Zavecz led all rebounders with nine followed by Megan McGuffey with seven and Jodi Bolerjack with six. Wyoming shot 21-51 (.412) from the field, 20-26 (.769) from the free throw line and out rebounded the Lady Frogs, 41-36.
TCU was led by Ashley Davis who recorded 13 points and a team high seven rebounds. Guard Adrianne Ross finished her night with 11 points and four rebounds. The Lady Frogs were 19-60 (.317) from the field, 10-12 (.833) and 3-13 (.231) from beyond the arc.
TCU opened up the game with two quick baskets to go up 4-0 then both teams went over two minutes with out scoring before a Lady Frog free throw broke the drought. It took the Cowgirls a while to get going as they finally scored at the 14:15 mark on a Zavecz three-point play to make it 7-3. Wyoming would turn that in to a 9-0 scoring run to take their first lead of the game, 9-7. A Jenna Lohse basket tied it up at nine and then the Cowgirls scored two baskets to make it a four point game, 13-9. The Lady Frogs responded with a 10-2 scoring run to go back up four, 19-15. McGuffey hit a basket to pull Wyoming to within two, 19-17, but TCU scored five straight to extend the lead to seven, 24-17. The Cowgirls battled back scoring nine unanswered to regain a 26-24 advantage. Two free throws by TCU evened it up but a basket by Sisk in the closing minute of the half gave Wyoming a 28-26 lead going in to the locker room.
Zavecz led all scorers at half time with nine followed by Sisk with eight. McGuffey was the leading rebounder for the Cowgirls with six. They were 13-31 (.419) from the field and 2-6 (.333) from the three point line. TCU was led by Davis and Ross with five points each, while Davis was the leading rebounder with four. The Lady Frogs were 10-30 (.333) from the field and 3-4 (.750) from the free throw line.
The Cowgirls scored the first basket out the break, but TCU answered with the next six of nine to go up by one, 32-31. Wyoming responded with a 9-6 scoring run of their own to pull ahead by two, 40-38, with 13:24 remaining in the game. Both teams struggled over the next several minutes combining for just two free throws in three minutes until a three-point field goal by Sisk ended that to make the score 44-39. Wyoming turned on the defense as they held the Lady Frogs to a pair of free throws in seven minutes while an 11-2 run extended their lead to double-figures, 55-41. Lorie Rayford-Butler would finally get a field goal for TCU to break their drought, but the Cowgirls would make two baskets including a three-point field goal by Sisk to make it a 17 point game, 60-43, with 3:36 remaining. Despite being out scored 8-6 the remainder of the way, the Cowgirls would hold on to the 66-51 victory.
Wyoming will go out on the road next week for two games. They will take on the Colorado State Rams, on Thursday, January 25, and the Air Force Academy Falcons, on Saturday, Jan. 27. The CSU game will begin at 7:00 p.m. while the Air Force game is set to tip off at 2:00 p.m.