Cowgirl Basketball Suffers Loss to The Utes

Feb. 2, 2006

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball team (14-5 overall, 4-4 in the MWC) lost a disappointing game, 55-47, against the Utah Utes (14-5 overall, 5-3 in the MWC) on Thursday night in Salt Lake City.

"When you're playing against a top caliber team like this anytime you get close you feel like you have a chance," said head coach Joe Legerski. "Unfortunately Utah seemed to make a play at the right time to keep us out of reach. Overall, I was really proud of this team and our effort."

Two Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures including sophomore Hanna Zavecz. She recorded a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Erin Hicks followed with ten points and Megan McGuffey had nine. Wyoming shot 16-49 (.327) from the field, but committed 18 turnovers.

Utah was led by Kim Smith, who had a game high 26 points and seven rebounds. Shona Thorburn had eight points and ten rebounds. The Utes shot 23-55 (.418) from the field.

It was low scoring through the first media time out as both teams combined for just 13 points with Utah taking an 8-5 lead. A three-point play by Shona Thorburn gave Utah a six point advantage and then both teams went cold until the 12 minute mark with a basket by Megan McGuffey to make it an 11-7 game. With a 4-2 run, the Utes extended their advantage back up to six, 15-9, but the Cowgirls responded by scoring the next nine of 13 to pull within one, 19-18. Unfortunately, Utah would score the final four points of the half to take a 23-18 advantage in to the locker room.

Wyoming was led in scoring at the half by Erin Hicks who finished with eight followed by two players with three. Freshman Megan McGuffey finished the half with a team high five rebounds. As a team, the Cowgirls shot 6-21 (.286) from the field and out rebounded the Utes 17-14. Utah was led in scoring and rebounding by Kim Smith with 13 points and four rebounds. The Utes shot 10-26 (.385) from the field and 1-9 (.111) from beyond the arc.

The two teams traded baskets in the early going of the second half, but with the score 27-21 in favor of the Utes, they would go on a 6-2 run to extend their lead to double-figures, 33-23. A Jodi Bolerjack three-point field goal would stop the run and the Cowgirls went on to score the next four points to pull within five, 35-30, unfortunately a Morgan Warburton basket put Utah back up by eight 38-30. Wyoming would respond by scoring the next six of nine to make it a five point game, but a 9-4 by Utah gave them a ten point advantage. The Cowgirls wouldn't go away as they scored five straight points to close the gap, but it wouldn't be enough as Utah sealed the victory with free throws, 55-47.

The Cowgirls will be at home on Saturday, Feb. 4, as they take on the UNLV Lady Rebels beginning at 2:00 p.m.