Feb. 25, 2006
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball team (19-6 overall, 9-5 in the MWC) won for the first time since the 1996-97 season in Moby Arena as they earned a 78-71 victory over the Colorado State Rams (8-17 overall, 2-12 in the MWC) on Saturday afternoon in Fort Collins.
"I was really pleased with the effort of our team today," said head coach Joe Legerski. "To come out after halftime and go on a 10-0 run to retake the lead says a lot about them. We had consistent play out of several individuals and I thought this was a great victory for us. Hanna had a nice game, along with Jodi Bolerjack, Erin Hicks and Megan McGuffey."
Four of five Cowgirl starters finished the game in double-figures, including sophomore Hanna Zavecz. She recorded 20 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Jodi Bolerjack finished with 19 followed by Erin Hicks with 15 and Megan McGuffey with 12. Wyoming shot 24-52 (.462) from the field and 12-28 (.429) from beyond the three-point arc.
Colorado State was led by Melissa Dennett with 23 points and ten rebounds. Molly Nohr had 20 points and Lindsay Thomas had 14. The Rams shot 29-52 (.558) from the field and out rebounded the Cowgirls 30-29.
The Cowgirls would get on the board first with a basket by Erin Hicks. CSU's Melissa Dennett hit the next four of six points to even things up at four all. Wyoming stormed back with an 8-0 run to take a 12-4 advantage. The Rams scored four unanswered to close the gap to four, 12-8, but Hanna Zavecz's three-point field goal put them back up seven, 15-8. Colorado State continued to battle and hit a couple of baskets to close the margin to three, 15-12, again Wyoming scored six straight to make the lead nine, 21-12. Unfortunately, the Rams wouldn't go away quietly as they went on a 9-2 run to pull within two, 23-21. Two free throws by the Cowgirls gave them a four-point lead, 25-21, but the Rams scored the next six of eight to take their first lead of the game 27-25. A Megan McGuffey lay-up even things up at 27, but CSU closed out the half on a 5-2 run to take a 32-29 lead into the locker room.
Wyoming was led at halftime in scoring by Jodi Bolerjack with eight points, followed by Hanna Zavecz with seven. The Cowgirls shot 10-27 (.370) from the field and 5-14 (.357) from beyond the arc. CSU was led by Melissa Dennett with 11 and Lindsey Thomas with eight. Colorado State shot 13-22 (.591) from the field.
It was all Cowgirls to begin the second half as they went on a 10-0 scoring run to regain the lead, 39-32, while it took the Rams almost four minutes to score with a basket by Molly Nohr. The two teams played evenly over the next several minutes, but the Cowgirls continued to lead. With the score 43-38 in favor of Wyoming, they would go on another 13-4 scoring run, which included two big three-point field goals by Jodi Bolerjack and Erin Hicks, gave the Cowgirls a 14-point lead, 56-42. Colorado State continued to battle and scored the next seven of nine to close the margin to nine, 58-49, but the Cowgirls came right back with another 8-4 run to make it a 66-53 game. The Rams scored a basket with a little over five minutes remaining to make it an 11-point lead, 66-55. Jodi Bolerjack hit another big three-point field goal to go back up 69-55, unfortunately Colorado State answered with five straight points to close the gap to nine with 2:10 left in the game. Michelle Taylor hit the second of two free throws to make it a ten point advantage, 70-60, which was quickly answered by a Molly Nohr field goal to make it 70-62. More free throws put the Cowgirls back up ten, 74-64, but the Rams continued to battle scoring six of the next seven to pull within six, 75-69. Wyoming kept their composure and closed it out 78-71.
The Cowgirls will wrap up the regular season next week by hosting two games. They will take on the San Diego State Aztecs, on Thursday, March 2, and the Utah Utes, on Saturday afternoon, March 4.