Cowgirls Deny Lady Frogs Share of MWC Lead

Feb. 22, 2007

FORT WORTH, Texas -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (17-8, 8-5 in the MWC) ended their two game losing streak with a 61-50 victory against the TCU Lady Frogs (19-8 overall, 9-4 in the MWC) on Thursday night in Ft. Worth.

The Cowgirls handed the Lady Frogs their first home loss of the year (14-1), UW swept the regular season series between the two teams and Wyoming denied TCU a chance to tie BYU atop the standings in the MWC.

"It was a great team effort tonight," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "When we get good guard play it makes it easier for us. I thought Dominique and Jodi played very well and what can you say about Aubrey Vandiver. She had 19 points and 14 rebounds and I couldn't be more pleased with the effort from a young player."

Freshman Aubrey Vandiver led the way for the Cowgirls with 19 points and a career high 14 rebounds. Jodi Bolerjack also had 19 points, while Justyna Podziemska chipped in eight points. The Cowgirls were 18-42 (.429) from the field and 23-29 (.793) from the free throw line.

The Lady Frogs were led by Hanna Biernacka who had 14 points and nine rebounds. She was followed by Lorie Butler Rayford with 11 points and seven rebounds. They were 20-68 (.294) from the field and 1-12 (.083) from beyond the arc.

TCU jumped out early by scoring the first six straight points to make it 6-0. Wyoming responded with a 6-2 scoring of their own to pull within two, 8-6, going in to the first media timeout. The Lady Frogs answered right back scoring five of the next seven to regain a five point lead, 13-8. Four straight points by the Cowgirls brought them to within one, 13-12, unfortunately TCU ran off seven of nine points to make it a 20-14 score with just over eight minutes left in the half. A Bolerjack basket finally broke the run and started a 9-2 run for the Cowgirls to give them their first lead of the game, 23-22. They extended their lead to six, 28-22, as the Lady Frogs went over five minutes before scoring a field goal. With the score 30-24 in favor of the Cowgirls, Adrianne Ross would make a three-point play to close out the half, but Wyoming still took a 30-27 lead in to the locker room.

Bolerjack led all scorers at the half with ten followed by Vandiver with eight and Dominique Sisk with four. Sisk and Hanna Zavecz finished the half with a team leading four rebounds. The Cowgirls were 9-20 (.450) from the field and 11-12 (.917) from the charity stripe. For TCU Biernacka and Butler Rayford both finished with six followed by two other players with five. Biernacka and Ashley Davis each had five rebounds each as well. The Lady Frogs were 11-38 (.289) and 1-7 (.143) from beyond the arc.

The Lady Frogs hit two baskets out of the half to regain a one point, 31-30, but a Podziemska three-point shot would give the Cowgirls a 33-31 advantage. Four straight points by TCU gave them a two point lead, but Wyoming evened it up with two free throws with 16:01 left on the clock. Over the next five minutes, the Cowgirls responded with an 11-2 run to regain a nine point lead, 46-37, as the Lady Frogs went almost six minutes with out scoring before two Biernacka free throws ended the drought. Those shots would start a 7-3 run which would bring TCU to within four, 49-45, with 5:49 remaining in the game. Wyoming kept their composure and scored the next eight of nine to make their lead 11 points, 57-46 with two minutes on the clock. Davis would finally hit a field goal for the Lady Frogs, their first in about five minutes, to make it a nine point game, 57-48, with just under a minute to go.

Wyoming next will be at home as they will 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.