Feb. 4, 2007
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (15-6 overall, 6-3 in the MWC) had their five game winning streak broken with a 50-43 loss against the New Mexico Lobos (15-7 overall, 5-4 in the MWC) on Sunday afternoon in Albuquerque.
"It was a great defensive effort by both teams today," said head coach Joe Legerski. "Points were very difficult to come by in this game and when that's the situation you have to take advantage of your opportunities at the free throw line. We struggled, shooting only 58 percent and you're not going to win many games on the road by doing that. I also thought we had some good looks from the three-point line that just didn't fall for us."
Justyna Podziemska led the way for the Cowgirls with 11 points followed by Jodi Bolerjack with eight. Bolerjack led the way in rebounding with seven. Wyoming shot 15-44 (.341) from the field and 6-19 (.316) from beyond the arc.
New Mexico was led by Dionne Marsh with 16 points and seven rebounds. She was followed by Julie Briody with 12. Brandi Kimble recorded a team high eight rebounds. The Lobos shot 18-49 (.367) from the field, while out rebounding the Cowgirls 36-32.
The Cowgirls struck early as they jumped out to a 5-2 lead. The Lobos responded with four straight points to take their first lead of the game 6-5. Hanna Zavecz hit the next basket to give Wyoming a one point advantage, 7-6, unfortunately UNM went on an 8-0 run to make the score 14-7. The Cowgirls went cold from the floor going almost six minutes without scoring until a Bolerjack lay-up broke the drought. With the score 14-9 in the Lobos favor, Wyoming scored the next 12 of 16 to regain a three-point lead, 21-18. New Mexico came right back with a basket by Harthill, which ended a three-minute drought for the Lobos, to pull them to within one, 21-20 with just over four minutes in the half. Megan McGuffey hit a three-point field goal to put the Cowgirls back up by four, but UNM answered back with four straight points to tie it up at 24. With time winding down in the half, Aubrey Vandiver hit a shot to put the Cowgirls up by two, 26-24, which was the score going in to the locker room.
Two Cowgirls, McGuffey and Vandiver, both finished the first half with six points each followed by Bolerjack with five. Bolerjack also led the way with four rebounds. Wyoming was 11-26 (.423) from the field and 4-11 (.364) from beyond the arc. Marsh finished with seven points for New Mexico followed by Briody with six. Katie Montgomery led the way with four rebounds. The Lobos were 11-20 (.550) from the field.
Wyoming opened up the second half on a 6-2 run behind two three-point field goals by Podziemska to extend the Cowgirl lead to six, 32-26, through the first media timeout. The Lobos responded with a 7-0 run to regain the lead, 33-32, for the first time since the first half. The Cowgirls scored three out of the next four to make the score 35-34 in their favor and then both teams went cold going over three minutes before a Montgomery jumper ended that to make the score 36-35 in favor of the Lobos. Over the next several minutes the two teams traded baskets as the Lobos continued to lead by a slim margin. With the score 40-39 in favor of UNM, the Lobos scored five straight to extend the lead to five, 44-39 with just over four minutes remaining in the game. On the next possession, the Cowgirls came down and closed the gap to three, 44-41 on a Zavecz lay-up unfortunately two free throws by Briody put the Lobos up five, 46-41. Unfortunately, the Cowgirls could only manage to pull within three as New Mexico would hold on for the 50-43 victory.
Wyoming now returns home as they host the UNLV Lady Rebels, on Saturday, Feb. 10. The game is set to begin at 2:00 p.m. in the Arena Auditorium.