Cowgirls Win On the Road Against Aztecs

Feb. 17, 2005

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (14-9, 5-5 in the MWC) opened up the weekend with a tough 69-66 victory against the San Diego State Aztecs (7-15 overall, 1-8 in the MWC) on Thursday night in San Diego.

The Cowgirls were led by freshman Hanna Zavecz who recorded a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds. She was 7-16 from the field and 7-11 from the free throw line. Ashley Elliott followed with 12 points and Michelle Taylor with a career high 11 points. Wyoming shot 24-55 (.436) from the field and out rebounded the Aztecs 39-32.

San Diego State was led by Michelle Strawberry with 16 points, while Kate Eveland had 12 points. Veroncia Shaw was the leading rebounder with seven. As a team, the Aztecs were 28-57 (.491) from the field and 5-15 (.331) from beyond the arc.

The Cowgirls came out in the first five minutes of the game and took an early 9-4 lead. San Diego State responded with 11 straight points to take their first lead of the game, 15-9, but Wyoming scored the next nine of 13 to pull within one, 19-18. A three-point field goal gave the Aztecs a four point advantage, which was answered with four points from the Cowgirls helped them regain a 23-22 lead. SDSU tied it up at 24 all, but the Cowgirls closed out the half on a 6-2 run to take a 30-26 lead in to the locker room.

Wyoming was led at the half by Ashley Elliott and Hanna Zavecz with seven points, while Zavecz also finished the half with six rebounds. As a team, they were 12-27 (.444) from the field and out rebounded San Diego State 21-14.

Lindsey Casey was the leading scorer for the Aztecs into the break with eight points while Veronica Shaw recorded a team high four rebounds. SDSU was 11-29 (.379) from the field and 1-8 (.125) from beyond the arc.

The Aztecs came out on fire to begin the second half with a 10-2 run to retake the lead 36-32. A basket from Hanna Zavecz pulled the Cowgirls to within two unfortunately a couple of shots fell short and SDSU took back the 38-34 advantage. Wyoming battled back with a 6-2 run of their own to tie things up at 40 all, but the Aztecs quickly regained the lead 45-42. Once again, the Cowgirls wouldn't go away and scored the next seven of nine to take a two-point advantage, 49-47, which was answered by SDSU. With a little over three minutes left to go in the game, Wyoming gained some momentum as they took a 56-51 lead, but this time the Aztecs came back with four straight to pull within one. A three-point field goal by Jodi Bolerjack gave the Cowgirls the 59-55 lead and again San Diego State scored four unanswered to make it a two-point contest. Wyoming kept their composure and hit their free throws down at the end as they came away with the 69-66 victory.

Wyoming will continue this road trip as they head to Las Vegas, Nev. to take on the UNLV Lady Rebels, on Saturday afternoon, at 4:00 p.m. MT.