Feb. 3, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (12-7 overall, 3-3 in the MWC) opened up their week with a 62-49 loss to the New Mexico Lobos (16-3 overall, 5-1 in the MWC) on Thursday night in Albuquerque.
Wyoming was led by Hanna Zavecz who finished her night with 20 points and ten rebounds. She was followed by Ashley Elliott with 19 points, four assists and three rebounds. As a team, the Cowgirls were 16-52 (.308) from the field and 9-18 (.500) from beyond the arc.
UNM was led by Lindsey Arndt who finished with 17 points followed by Dionne Marsh with 15 points and eight rebounds.
"I thought the team played hard and showed a lot of heart and desire tonight," said head coach Joe Legerski. "They got down 22-5 and in this environment you can not compete and get beat by 30 or 40, but I thought Hanna and Ashley showed a great deal of leadership to step in and make some tough shots to keep us in the game. We just didn't have enough on the offensive end to come out with a victory. There is no doubt this is a very difficult environment to play in and I thought our young players did a nice job. We'll start over with practice tomorrow and get prepared for Air Force on Saturday."
The Lobos struck quickly with five early points until a three-point field goal and two free throws from Hanna Zavecz evened it up. New Mexico regained the advantage with a Lindsay Arndt basket and then both teams went several minutes without scoring. It was broken by the Lobos who went on a 15-0 run to extend their lead to 22-5, while the Cowgirls went over seven minutes without a basket. Six straight from Wyoming pulled them to within 11, but UNM came back with a couple of baskets to go back up 27-11. Unwilling to back down, the Cowgirls went on a 17-7 to close out the half and only went in to the locker room down 34-28.
The Cowgirls were led at half in scoring by freshman Hanna Zavecz who finished the half with 13 followed closely by Ashley Elliott with 12. Zavecz also led the way with five rebounds. As a team, Wyoming was 8-27 (.296) from the field but 6-1 (.545) from beyond the arc.
In the first half the Lobos were led by Dionne Marsh and Abbie Letz who both finished with eight points, while Marsh also finished with four rebounds. New Mexico was 14-29 (.483) from the field in the first half.
It took both teams a little while to get going as New Mexico went over three minutes and Wyoming almost four before scoring. A couple of Lindsey Arndt free throws gave the Lobos a seven point advantage, but an Ashley Elliott three -point shot pulled the Cowgirls to within four, 38-34. New Mexico quickly came back to re-take a seven point lead, but the Cowgirls scored four straight to bring the score to 41-38. The Lobos responded with eight straight points to regain a double-digit lead, 49-38, while Wyoming went four minutes without a basket. Down by eight with four minutes left in the half, the Cowgirls tried to make one final dent in the Lobos lead but to no avail. Free throws would seal the game for New Mexico as they went on to the 62-49 victory.
Wyoming will continue their road trip as they travel to Colorado Springs to face the Air Force Academy Falcons, on Saturday afternoon, at 2:00 p.m.