Jan. 25, 2006
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
It took an extra five minutes but the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (13-4 overall, 3-3 in the MWC) pulled out a thrilling 87-80 overtime victory over the Colorado State Rams (7-10 overall, 1-5 in the MWC) on Wednesday night in Laramie.
"There was a little Wyoming magic in the Arena tonight," said head coach Joe Legerski. "We're down five with 15 seconds to go, Dominique Sisk hits a three point field goal, we come up with the steal and Erin Hicks gets a basket which forces the overtime. It's been this way with this group that never gives up and plays for the entire game. We've had to grow up over the last couple of games, and we just needed to get back to the way we were playing. Erin Hicks got us off to a great start tonight. She's been struggling from the field, but she did a nice job of getting things going on the offensive end."
Four Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures, including sophomore Jodi Bolerjack. She recorded a career high 25 points while shooting 7-7 from the free throw line in her 41 minutes of play. Erin Hicks tied her season high with 21 points followed by Hanna Zavecz with 18 and Dominique Sisk with 12. Zavecz and Megan McGuffey recorded a team high seven rebounds. Wyoming shot 25-68 (.368) from the field and 26-32 (.813) from the charity stripe.
The Rams were led by Melissa Dennett who recorded a double-double with 25 points and 14 rebounds. Molly Nohr finished with 18 points and Sara Hunter had 11. Colorado State shot 25-64 (.391) from the field while out rebounding Wyoming 53-36.
The Cowgirls jumped out quickly behind two three-point field goals to take an early 8-4 advantage. CSU would come back with the next 8 of 12 points to pull even at 12 all. Wyoming answered with a Jodi Bolerjack three-point field goal and extended the lead back up to four points, 18-14. The Rams continued to battle and went on a 9-3 run to pull within one, 23-22. UW kept their composure and went on an 8-2 run to take their largest lead of the half, 31-24. Unfortunately, CSU wouldn't go away as they scored the final four of seven, but the Cowgirls still took a four point advantage in to the locker room, 34-30.
Wyoming extended their lead to double-figures, 44-30, with a 10-0 run while it took the Rams until the 14:27 mark to score with free throws by Marilyn Moulton. The two teams traded baskets as the Cowgirls continued to maintain their lead, 49-36, but the Rams had other ideas as they responded with a 6-0 run to pull within seven, 49-42. Hanna Zavecz hit a three point field goal which ended the run unfortunately Colorado State out scored UW 12-2 over the next several minutes to even it up at 54 with 3:45 remaining in the game. The lead traded hands several times until the Rams gained the upper hand by extending their lead to six points, 64-58, with 29 seconds to go. The Cowgirls kept it together and Erin Hicks made a huge three-point field goal to make it a 64-61 contest. CSU's Molly Nohr went to the free throw line put the Rams back up five, 66-61, with 14 second on the clock, but a clutch three by Dominique Sisk made it a two point deficit with nine seconds on the clock. Pressure defense, a steal and basket by Erin Hicks tied it up at 66, and that would be enough for the Cowgirls to force overtime.
After Hanna Zavecz hit a free throw to put Wyoming up by one, 67-66, CSU answered with two of their own to regain a 68-67 advantage. Lindsey Thomas fouled Jodi Bolerjack and she knocked down both to help the Cowgirls go back up by one, 69-68. They would extend that lead to seven points, 77-70, with an 8-2 run. Unfortunately, it will still be a battle as the Rams scored the next seven of eleven to pull within four, 81-77. Wyoming kept their composure, hit their final six free throws to come away with the 87-80 victory.
The Cowgirls will close out the weekend against the San Diego State Aztecs, on Saturday, Jan. 28, in San Diego, Calif. The game is set to tip off at 3:00 p.m. MT.