Feb. 28, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (19-8, 10-5 in the MWC) won their third straight game with a 64-35 victory over the Air Force Academy Falcons (5-22 overall, 1-15 in the MWC) on Thursday night in Laramie.
"I'm so happy for Angiah Harris," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "For her to get an opportunity to step on the floor and to make a couple of baskets, it was a great way for her to play in her last game at home.
"I thought we weren't sharp offensively by the way we were shooting the ball," he said. "Overall, defensively I thought we were very good. I think it's difficult to be at your best every night. We had a big win against TCU and then come back and beat CSU, and so you do expect a let down at times."
Four Cowgirls finished the night in double figures led by junior Hanna Zavecz. She recorded a game high 13 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Three players, Jodi Bolerjack, Dominique Sisk and Megan McGuffey, all chipped in ten each, while senior Angiah Harris tied her career high with eight. Wyoming shot 9-24 (.390) from the field and 10-16 (.625) from the free throw line.
Alecia Steele and Kory Gladysz both finished with seven points, while Steele also led the way with seven rebounds. The Falcons were 15-53 (.283) from the field and just 1-9 (.111) from beyond the arc.
The Cowgirls struck early as they went up 4-2, but then both teams went over three minutes without scoring. Finally a Sisk jumper at 13:02 put Wyoming up four, 6-2. That would start a 7-0 run which extended the lead to 13-2. Air Force struggled from the field as they went nine minutes before an Andrea Taylor layup broke the scoring drought. The Falcons scored the next five straight to pull within six, 15-9, but Wyoming scored seven points of their own to pull ahead by double-figures, 22-9. In fact, they would hold Air Force to just one field goal in the final six and a half minutes to take a 26-11 lead in to the locker room.
At the half, Zavecz led all scorers for the Cowgirls with eight, followed by Sisk with seven and Justyna Podziemska with five. Zavecz also led the way with six rebounds. As a team, they shot 9-24 (.375) from the field and 5-9 (.556) from the free throw line. Gladysz led the way for the Falcons with three points followed by four other players with two points each. Air Force was 5-24 (.208) from the field, while out rebounding the Cowgirls 19-18.
Wyoming started off the second half on an 8-3 run to make the lead 20 points, 34-14, going in to the first media timeout. Both teams went a little cold after that but Air Force tried to make a dent in the lead by scoring seven of 12 to make the score 39-21 with 12 minutes remaining in the game. The Cowgirls responded with an 11-0 scoring run to extend the lead to 50-21 as Air Force went over four minutes without scoring until two Alecia Steele free throws. It would never be close as the Cowgirl lead would grow to as large as 30 as they would come away with the 64-35 victory.
Wyoming will play their final regular season conference game on Saturday, March 3 against the Utah Utes. The game is set to tip off at 3:00 p.m. in Salt Lake City, Utah.