Cowgirls Survive Overtime Contest Against Rams, 78-66

Jan. 25, 2007

FORT COLLINS, Colo. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (13-5 overall, 4-2 in the MWC) overcame a 14-point first half deficit to defeat the Colorado State Rams (6-13 overall, 1-6 in the MWC) in overtime by a final of 78-66 on Thursday night in Ft. Collins.

"I thought early in the game we missed a lot of easy shots," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "We were down 28-14 and closed out the half on a 14-3 run which got us back in to the game. Then I felt the second half was a classic rival game as neither team got up more than four points. Hanna (Zavecz) hit a big shot with the clock winding down to tie it up and it went in to overtime. In the extra five minutes, I thought we controlled the pace and made big plays both offensively and defensively."

Three Cowgirl players finished the night in double-figures including junior Hanna Zavecz. She finished with a team high 23 points and seven assists. Jodi Bolerjack had 20 points followed by Justyna Podziemska with 11 points and a team high ten rebounds. As a team, Wyoming was 24-60 (.400) from the field, 7-17 (.412) from the three-point arc and 23-27 (.852) from the free throw line.

Four of five starters finished the night in double-figures for CSU. Marilyn Moulton was the leading scorer with 17 points along with eight rebounds. Sara Hunter had 16 points and a team leading nine rebounds, while Juanise Cornell had 15 points and Ashley McFarland had 12. The Rams were 21-53 (.396) from the field and 18-21 (.857) from the free throw line.

Wyoming scored the first basket of the game but the Rams would respond with eight straight to open up an 8-2 advantage. The Cowgirls went cold as they went over four minutes before a Bolerjack jumper broke the drought to make it 8-4. After a three-point field goal by McFarland, the Cowgirls scored four straight to pull within three, unfortunately Colorado State ran off ten unanswered to make it a double-digit game, 21-8. Wyoming continued to struggle from the offensive side of the ball as they managed to score only two free throws in a span of four minutes as CSU extended their lead to 14, 24-10. A field goal and a couple of free throws made it a ten point game, but two quick baskets by the Rams make it a 14 point game once again. With the score 28-14 in favor of CSU, the Cowgirls tried to make a run at the end of the half scoring 14 of 17 to make it a 31-28 game going in to the locker room.

Bolerjack was the leading scorer for the Cowgirls at the half with 11 followed by Megan McGuffey, Dominique Sisk and Aubrey Vandiver with four each. Sisk also led the way with four rebounds. Wyoming was 10-31 (.323) from the field and 1-5 (.200) from beyond the arc. Cornell and Moulton both finished the half with seven points each followed by two players with six. Moulton led the half with five rebounds. The Rams were 10-20 (.500) from the field and 4-6 (.667) from the field.

The Cowgirls went on an 8-5 run to open up the second half to pull even at 36, but four straight free throws by CSU made it a four point game, 40-36, with 16:43 remaining in the half. A basket by Bolerjack pulled the Cowgirls to within two, but four straight by the Rams make it a six point contest, 44-38. Wyoming continued to battle going on a 7-2 run to make it a one point game, 46-45, unfortunately a three-point play by Moulton put the Rams back up four, 49-45. The Cowgirls still had a lot of fight in them scoring eight straight to take their first lead of the game, 53-49. Colorado State answered with a 5-0 run to go back up 54-43, but a three-point field goal by Podziemska gave Wyoming a two point lead 56-54. With 4:57 remaining on the clock another basket and free throw by Moulton gave CSU a one point lead, 57-56. The two teams traded the lead back and forth until two free throws by Hunter gave the Rams a three-point lead, 61-58, with two minutes left on the clock. Down 62-59 and the clock winding down, Zavecz hit a huge three-point field goal to even it up with 55.8 on the game clock. The Rams would take the ball down and a shot by Cornell would be blocked by Zavecz, unfortunately on the next trip down the court for the Cowgirls they would turn the ball over giving CSU a chance with 10.4 second on the clock. On the possession, CSU would miss the shot and the game would go in to overtime with the score tied at 62 all.

In the overtime period, neither team scored until the 3:50 mark with Zavecz hitting two free throws. Hunter would drive the lane and hit a basket for the Rams to tie it up 64. Wyoming gained some momentum as they scored a basket by Sisk and hit four free throws by Bolerjack and Zavecz to make it a 70-64 lead with 1:56 remaining in overtime. It was never close after that as the Cowgirls out scored the Rams 8-2 the remainder of the way to win the game 78-66.

Wyoming will close out their road trip on Saturday, January 27, as they take on the Air Force Academy Falcons. The game is set to tip off at 2:00 p.m.