Jan. 27, 2007
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (14-5 overall, 5-2 in the MWC) ended their two-game road trip with a 64-43 victory over the Air Force Falcons (4-15 overall, 0-8 in the MWC) on Saturday afternoon in Colorado Springs.
"We had a great defensive effort today," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "We talked about one and out with them just getting one shot at the basket and then transitioning in to our offense. It also always helps when Justyna (Podziemska) hits a three, Hanna (Zavecz) hits a big shot and then the numbers start to add up.
"I thought the match-up between Alecia Steele and Hanna was a good one. They are both very competitive players and the leaders of their teams. I was pleased with Hanna's play, along with Megan McGuffey and Aubrey Vandiver."
McGuffey led all scorers for the Cowgirls with 17 while shooting 6-11 from the field and 3-4 from the free throw line, along with four rebounds. Hanna Zavecz followed with 12 points, seven assists and four rebounds, while two other players finished with nine earch. Three Cowgirls led the way in rebounding with five. Wyoming was 25-57 (.439) from the field, while dishing out 18 assists.
Air Force was led by Steele with 12 points and six rebounds, while the leading rebounder was Brooke Cultra with seven. The Falcons were 18-53 (.340) from the field and 6-9 (.667) from the free throw line.
A McGuffey free throw gave the Cowgirls an early 1-0, but Air Force scored two straight baskets to take a 4-1 advantage. Wyoming came back with five straight points to regain a two point lead 6-4, unfortunately an Andrea Taylor three-point field goal put the Falcons up 7-6. Neither team scored for a couple of minutes until an 8-0 scoring run by the Cowgirls doubled up the score, 14-7. Air Force went over five minutes without a basket until a basket by Kim Kreke started a 6-0 run for Air Force which pulled them to within one, 14-13. The Cowgirls scored the next seven of nine to make it a seven point lead, 21-15, but two baskets by the Falcons brought them to within two, 21-19. Wyoming kept their composure and closed out the half on a 13-10 run to take a 34-29 lead in to the locker room.
Wyoming was led at the half by McGuffey who finished with 12 points, while shooting 5-6 from the field. She was followed by Vandiver with eight and Justyna Podziemska with six. Podziemska was the leading rebounder with four. The Cowgirls were 15-28 (.536) from the field and 3-9 (.333) from beyond the arc. Air Force was led by Steele with eight points along with four rebounds. Taylor had five points and two players had four. The Falcons were 14-28 (.500) from the field while out rebounding Wyoming 16-11.
Air Force hit the first bucket to begin the second half, but the Cowgirls responded with four straight baskets from beyond the arc to extend the lead to double-figures, 46-31. Steele finally hit a basket to break the Falcons scoring drought and Kreke hit another shot to make the score 46-35. Zavecz answered with two three-point goals to get the lead back up to 15-points, 52-37. Both teams went several minutes until two free throws by Steele broke the drought. The Cowgirls went over four minutes with out scoring until two McGuffey shots from the charity stripe to make the score 54-39 with 7:54 on the clock. Wyoming continued to lead extending it to 19, 60-41, with 4:31 left in the game. The Cowgirls poured it on defensively as they held Air Force to four field goals and six free throws in the entire second half as Wyoming would go on to the 64-43 victory.
Wyoming will be at home next week as they host the Utah Utes, on Thursday, Feb. 1, beginning at 7:00 p.m. They will also be in Albuquerque to take on the New Mexico Lobos, on Sunday, Feb. 4, with the tip set for 1:00 p.m.