Cowgirls Win in a Landslide Over Rams

Feb. 24, 2005


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In dominating fashion, the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (15-10, 6-6 in the MWC) earned a 23-point victory, 68-45, over the Colorado State Rams (14-10 overall, 5-6 in the MWC) on Thursday night in Laramie.

The Cowgirls were led by freshman Hanna Zavecz, who finished with 17 points, eight assists and six rebounds. She was 6-13 from the floor in her 35 minutes of play. Three other Cowgirls finished the evening in double-figures, including Sara Hippen with 12, Ashley Elliott and Erin Hicks with 11 points each. Both Hicks and Elliott led the way with eight rebounds. As a team, Wyoming was 27-65 (.415) from the field and recorded 20 assists and only seven turnovers.

CSU was led by forward Melissa Dennett with a team high 13 points and eight rebounds, while Lindsey Thomas finished with nine points and five rebounds. The Rams were 19-53 (.358) from the field and out rebounded the Cowgirls 42-39.

The Cowgirls jumped out to the early 3-0 lead, but CSU scored the next six to take a 6-3 advantage. Wyoming responded with a 10-2 run to go up by eight, 16-8, while the Rams went almost three minutes without a basket. A Vanessa Espinoza three-point field goal broke the drought, which was answered with 12 straight to run their lead to double-digits, 28-11. The two teams played evenly to close out the half, but the Cowgirls still took a 35-20 advantage in to the locker room.

Hanna Zavecz led all scorers in the half with 15 points, while Erin Hicks brought down seven boards. The Cowgirls shot 13-33 (.394) from the field. The Rams were led by Vanessa Espinoza with nine points while Melissa Dennett recorded five rebounds in the half. CSU shot 9-27 (.333) from the field.

It was never really close in the second half as the Cowgirls increased their lead by eight points from the halftime break and out scored the Rams 33-25. They would go on to the victory 68-45.

"There is no doubt about it that Hanna Zavecz is a special player," said head coach Joe Legerski. "Many times when we get her the basketball we talk about how her instincts take over, and to see that she finished with eight assists tonight is a real testament to how she was playing. I'm pleased with how she's progressed throughout the season.

"We talk about how we need a team effort every night both on the offensive and defensive end. If we start looking around for Ashley to score then all of a sudden other people aren't involved. Tonight we had four players in double-figures and another one with nine, so we did a nice job of distributing the ball. I was happy with the effort of everyone."

Wyoming will wrap up the regular conference season next week as they host the Air Force Academy Falcons, on Thursday night, and the New Mexico Lobos, on Saturday afternoon.