Cowgirls Drop Second Straight With Loss to Aztecs

Feb. 18, 2007

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (16-8, 7-5 in the MWC) lost their second straight game as they fell 55-47 against the San Diego State Aztecs (12-11 overall, 5-7 in the MWC) on Sunday afternoon in San Diego.

"San Diego State played very well tonight," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "They've been winning at home like everyone has in the league. We didn't shoot the ball well again today and that has me concerned. I did think that Hanna (Zavecz) came out in the second half, really established herself and played well. We need to start making some of the easier plays."

Wyoming was led by Hanna Zavecz who finished with 17 points and seven rebounds in the game. Aubrey Vandiver and Megan McGuffey both finished with eight and Jodi Bolerjack recorded seven points. The Cowgirls were 17-51 (.333) from the field and 3-16 (.188) from beyond the arc.

Three Aztecs finished the night in double-figures led by Shanna Demus with 12. Desiree Johnson and Quenese Davis both had ten points. SDSU was 22-53 (.415) from the field and 8-14 (.517) from the free throw line.

The Cowgirls earned their first four points of the game from the free throw line as they took an early 4-0 lead. San Diego State responded with a 6-2 run to even things up at six all. Wyoming came back scoring the next six of eight to regain a four point advantage, 12-8, but the Aztecs came back with another 6-2 run to tie it up at 14. Wyoming would score the next basket and then both teams would go a couple of minutes with a basket until a Justyna Podziemska three point field goal ended the drought. That would start a 7-3 scoring run for UW put them up four, 21-17. Four straight baskets by San Diego State would give them their first lead of the game, 26-21, with time winding down in the half. Unfortunately for the Cowgirls that would be the score heading in to the locker room as they didn't score in the last six minutes of the half.

Bolerjack and McGuffey both finished the half with six points followed by Podziemska with five. Bolerjack also led the way with four rebounds. Wyoming was 7-24 (.292) from the field and 1-6 (.167) from the three-point line. Demus was the leading scorer for SDSU with ten while Erin Jackson had four. The Aztecs were 10-27 (.370) from the field and out rebounded the Cowgirls 19-16.

The Cowgirls made a 5-2 run to begin the half to pull them to within two points, 28-26, but San Diego State answered by scoring the next seven straight to make their lead nine, 35-26. Wyoming answered by scoring six of nine to make it a six point game, 38-32, unfortunately the Aztecs extended their lead to double-figures 44-33 with just over 12 minutes left in the game. The Cowgirls would close the gap to eight, 46-38, but a three-point field goal by LaSandra Dixon ended that run to put San Diego State back up by 11, 49-38. Over the next several minutes the two teams played evenly as Wyoming just couldn't make a dent in to the Aztec lead. Unfortunately, Wyoming could only manage to pull within eight as they continued to struggle on the offensive end. In the end, the Cowgirls only scored three field goals in the final five minutes of the game as San Diego State came away with the 55-47 victory.

Wyoming will be on the road early in the week then close things out at home. They will travel to Ft. Worth to face the TCU Lady Frogs, on Thursday, Feb. 22, beginning at 6:00 p.m. MT. They will then host the Colorado State Rams, on Sunday, February 25. The game is set to tip off at 3:00 p.m. and will be broadcast on the Mtn. Sports Network.