Cowgirls Win Big Over Falcons

Feb. 11, 2006

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball team (16-6 overall, 6-5 in the MWC) earned a 26-point victory, 59-33, over the Air Force Academy Falcons (12-10 overall, 3-8 in the MWC) on Saturday afternoon in Laramie.

"I was extremely pleased with our defensive effort. Air Force is a team that averages around 60 points and we came out with great intensity, holding them to 14 points in the first half and 33 overall," said head coach Joe Legerski. "I thought we played with a lot of energy today. When we missed a shot several players were going after the ball for the rebound. I thought we did a nice job against this team in setting the defensive tempo along with getting our transition game going."

Two Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures, including sophomore Hanna Zavecz. She recorded 14 points, five steals and two blocked shots. Michelle Taylor followed with 12 points, while Jodi Bolerjack and Erin Hicks both had nine. Freshman Megan McGuffey was the leading rebounder with six. As a team, Wyoming shot 19-46 (.413) from the field and out rebounded the Falcons 35-30.

Air Force was led by Pamela Findlay with 13 points and seven rebounds. The Falcons shot 12-42 (.286) from the field, 1-11 (.091) from beyond the arc, while committing 22 turnovers.

It was all Cowgirls to begin the game as they jumped out to an 8-0 lead. Air Force struggled on the offensive end as they didn't score until the 15:45 mark with a field goal by Pamela Findlay. The Falcons scored the next three baskets to pull within two, 8-6, but the Cowgirls went on a 10-2 run to take a double-figure lead, 18-8. Wyoming extended their advantage after scoring the next 10 of 14 as Air Force could only manage to score one field goal and three free throws in eight minutes. UW would take a 19-point lead in the locker room, 33-14.

Michelle Taylor led all scorers at the half with ten, while Erin Hicks finished with five rebounds. The Cowgirls shot 10-23 (.435) from the field, while the Falcons were just 5-21 (.238).

Air Force hit a quick basket right out of the halftime break and then the Cowgirls would go on a 7-0 run to make it a 24-point lead, 40-16. Unfortunately, both teams would struggle from field as they went seven minutes with out scoring until a Pamela Findlay field goal broke the drought. Air Force made a little run as they ran off five straight points to make the score 42-23 with 10:34 left on the clock. Wyoming would respond with a 12-0 run as the Falcons wouldn't score until the 6:41 mark with two free throws by Alecia Steele. It was never close as the Cowgirls went on to the 59-33 victory.

The Cowgirls will be at home to begin the week as they host the New Mexico Lobos, on Wednesday, Feb. 15. The game is set to begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Arena Auditorium.