Feb. 8, 2006
FORT WORTH, Texas -
The Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball team (15-6 overall, 5-5 in the MWC) lost a disappointing game, 67-59, against the TCU Lady Frogs (12-8 overall, 6-3 in the MWC) on Wednesday night in Ft. Worth.
"It was a real battle by both teams for 40 minutes tonight," said head coach Joe Legerski. "TCU made a couple more plays than we did, which was the difference in this game. Overall, I was really proud of the effort by our team tonight. I thought Jodi Bolerjack really stepped up and really kept us in the game. Also, Rebecca Vanderjagt made some plays both offensively and on the defensive end."
Two Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures, including sophomore Jodi Bolerjack. She recorded 17 points and six rebounds, while shooting 5-10 (.500) from the field and three-point line. Hanna Zavecz followed with 11 and Rebecaa Vanderjagt had nine. As a team, Wyoming shot 20-49 (.408) from the field, 12-27 (.444) from the three-point line, but committed 20 turnovers.
TCU was led by Natsha Lacy who had 21 points followed by Lorie Butler-Rayford with 18 points and 11 rebounds. The Lady Frogs were 23-58 (.397) from the field and 17-23 (.739) from the free throw line.
The Cowgirls struck early as they jumped out to a 4-0 lead. The Lady Frogs responded with five unanswered to take a one point advantage, but a Jodi Bolerjack three-point field goal helped UW regain a 7-5 lead. Another 5-0 run by TCU made the score, 10-7, which was answered by eight straight by the Cowgirls to give them their largest lead of the game, 17-10. Unfortunately, the Horned Frogs rallied back with eight points of their own to take the lead back, 18-17, and extended it back up to six, 25-19. The Cowgirls kept their composure and closed out the half on a 9-4 run but still went in to the locker room down, 29-28.
Lorie Bulter-Rayford led the way at the half for the Horned Frogs with ten points and six rebounds, while Jodi Bolerjack was the leading scorer for the Cowgirls with nine. Wyoming shot 10-27 (.370) from the field and 6-15 (.400) from beyond the arc, but committed 11 turnovers for the half. TCU was 10-34 (.294) from the field and 2-8 (.250) from the three-point line.
TCU extended their lead right out of the break to seven, 40-33, by going on an 11-5 run. Wyoming answered by scoring the next eight of ten to pull within one, 42-41, which went in to a 16-4 run overall to help the Cowgirls regain the lead 49-44. The Lady Frogs battled back as they scored ten of thirteen to take back the lead 54-52. Rebecca Vanderjagt came back and hit a big three-point field goal to give UW the one point lead, 55-54 unfortunately a three-point play by Natasha Lacy gave TCU the two point advantage, 57-55, which they extended to five, 61-56. Erin Hicks hit another three-point field goal to make it a two point deficit, 61-59, unfortunately they could not hit their last couple of shots as they would come up short, 67-59.
The Cowgirls will close out the weekend as they host the Air Force Academy Falcons, on Saturday afternoon, beginning at 2:00 p.m. in the Arena Auditorium.