Wyoming Wins Key MWC Contest Over UNLV

Feb. 4, 2006

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball team (15-5 overall, 5-4 in the MWC) earned a hard fought, 53-50, win over the UNLV Lady Rebels (13-7 overall, 5-4 in the MWC) on Saturday afternoon in Laramie.

"This ball game really came down to the three-point field goals. They shot 43 percent from the field and we shot 41 percent. They made more field goals, but we went 9-20 from beyond the arc, which was a big difference in the game," said head coach Joe Legerski. "I thought Hanna Zavecz came out and had one of her best performances of the year. She came out really focused and her line showed it with 13 points, five assists, three blocked shots and two steals."

Two Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures including sophomore Jodi Bolerjack. She recorded 17 points, while shooting 6-12 (.500) from the field and 5-7 (.714) from beyond the arc. Hanna Zavecz had 13 points followed by Erin Hicks with seven points. Hicks and Megan McGuffey led the way with six rebounds a piece. As a team, the Cowgirls were 10-24 (.417) from the field and 9-20 (.450) from beyond the arc.

The Lady Rebels were led by Sherry McCracklin who had 17 points along with six rebounds followed by Sheena Moore with 11. UNLV shot 22-51 (.431) from the field and out rebounded the Cowgirls 36-25.

The game was delayed for over twenty minutes when, with just under four minutes remaining in the tight contest, McCracklin took a charge and went hard to the floor, landing on her head and neck. McCracklin was injured on the play and the injury was deemed severe enough that she was transported from the arena via ambulance. Immediately following the game she was listed in stable condition at Ivinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie.

To begin the game UNLV took an early 4-0 lead while the Cowgirls went over three minutes to score until a three-point field goal by Megan McGuffey. After a Lady Rebel basket put them up 6-3, Wyoming answered with a 5-2 run to tie it up at eight all. UNLV responded with two straight baskets, but UW scored five of the next seven to pull within one, 14-13. Unfortunately, the Lady Rebels ran off another six unanswered to take their largest lead of the half of seven, 20-13. The Cowgirls continued to fight back and hit two big three-point goals to make it a one point deficit, 20-19. Once again UNLV responded with a 9-3 run to make the score 29-22. The Cowgirls would close out he half on a 6-2 run of their own, but still went in to the locker room down, 31-28.

The Cowgirls came out quickly opening up the second half scoring seven unanswered to take a 35-31 lead while the Lady Rebels went five minutes with out scoring. They would extend it to a six point advantage, 39-33, after scoring four of the next six. Wyoming continued to maintain their lead until a 7-2 run by UNLV pulled them to within one, 45-44. They would eventually tie it up at 48 all with three minutes remaining. Erin Hicks hit a lay up to put the Cowgirls up for good as they went on to the 53-50 victory.

The Cowgirls will be on the road next as they travel to Ft. Worth, Texas to take on the TCU Lady Frogs, on Wednesday, Feb. 8.