Feb. 10, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
After a week long break, the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (16-6 overall, 7-3 in the MWC) resumed conference play and earned a dominating 85-59 victory over the UNLV Lady Rebels (10-13 overall, 4-7 in the MWC) on Saturday afternoon in Laramie.
"I think when you play a team a couple times during the season, whoever doesn't win that first game it makes them a little more motivated to play," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "I thought we came out with great focus and the crowd did a nice job of energizing this place. It was an unbelievable turnout and when you have that many people cheering for you it makes it easy to play.
"Defensively, I thought Dominique (Sisk) and Jodi (Bolerjack) did a nice job. They ended up guarding people on the perimeter and providing help on the inside. They got us started on the offensive side of things as well."
Five Cowgirls finished the game in double-figures, led by Justyna Podziemska. She finished with a team high 15 points, while adding three rebounds. Dominique Sisk and Hanna Zavecz both finished with 12 each, while Jodi Bolerjack chipped in 11, followed by Megan McGuffey with ten. Freshman Aubrey Vandiver recorded a team high eight rebounds while adding nine points. As a team, they were 25-49 (.510) from the field, 10-24 (.417) from beyond the arc, while out rebounding the Lady Rebels, 40-25.
UNLV was led by Sequoia Holmes who finished with a game high 27 points and four rebounds. Faye Muller and Allison Holiday both added eight points each, while Muller led the way with five rebounds. The Lady Rebels were 21-57 (.368) from the field and just 5-16 (.313) from beyond the arc.
Wyoming struck early behind a three-point field goal by Podziemska and a three-point play by Sisk to put them up 6-0. It took UNLV over three minutes to score until two free throws by Holmes made the score 6-2. The Cowgirls responded by scoring the next 10 of 11 to open up a double-figure lead, 16-3. Over the next several minutes another 8-3 run by UW extended their advantage to 16, 22-6, as the Lady Rebels finally hit their first field goal nine minutes in to the game. The Cowgirls continued to dominate on the offensive end as they out scored UNLV 24-12 the remainder of the half to take a 46-18 lead in to the locker room.
Two Cowgirls finished the half in double figures. Sisk recorded 12 points followed by Bolerjack with 11. Bolerjack, McGuffey and Zavecz all had three rebounds each to lead the way. Wyoming was 14-23 (.609) from the field and 13-15 (.867) from the free throw line. Holmes was the leading scorer for the Lady Rebels with 11, while Shamela Hampton and Brittany Halberg each had three rebounds. UNLV was 7-26 (.269) from the field and 1-8 (.125) from beyond the arc.
Both teams started off the second half a little cold as they combined for just five points at the first media timeout. With the score 51-20 in favor of the Cowgirls, UNLV scored the next seven of ten to make it a 27 point contest, 54-27, with 13:24 on the clock. Unfortunately for the Lady Rebels, Wyoming went on an 11-3 run over the next four minutes to extend the lead back up to 35, 65-30. That lead would get to as many as 37 in the second half as the game was never in jeopardy for Wyoming and despite being out scored 41-39 in the second half they would go on to the 85-59 win.
Wyoming will continue play at home next week as they will host the BYU Cougars, on Thursday, Feb. 15. The game is set to tip off at 7:00 p.m. in the Arena Auditorium.