March 22, 2006
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (21-9 overall) had their season ended in the second round of the WNIT with a disappointing 72-67 loss against the Nebraska Cornhuskers (19-12 overall) on Tuesday night in Laramie.
"I thought tonight we were never able to put two baskets together to get a run going," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "I give Nebraska credit for that. We got the crowd in to it and it seemed like the momentum was going our way and they would hit a big shot. Hanna played an excellent game tonight. She had 27 points and really got us going.
"I was very pleased with our effort. One of the things we've done all year is not back down and they found ways to keep fighting to get back in to a game. The fan support was also great. They came out to cheer on this team and I can't say enough about our fan support all year."
Wyoming had two players in double-figures, including Hanna Zavecz. She finished with 27 points, six rebounds, three steals and two assists. Jodi Bolerjack followed with 21 points, while Dominique Sisk had eight. As a team, they shot 23-54 (.426) from the field, but only 9-27 (.333) from beyond the arc.
The Huskers were led by Kiera Hardy with 21 points and two players with ten. They were 27-52 (.519) from the field and out rebounded the Cowgirls 32-27.
Nebraska hit a three-point field goal to start off the game, but a Hanna Zavecz basket evened things up. The Huskers would answer back with a 12-0 run to extend their lead to double-figures, 15-3. Wyoming finally broke the scoring drought after really struggling on the offensive end and scored the next ten straight to pull within two, 15-13. Nebraska came back and hit two baskets to make it a seven point advantage, 20-13. After a Wyoming basket, they scored the next seven of nine to go up by ten, 27-17. Down by 12 with three minutes remaining in the half, the Cowgirls tried to get something going and scored eight straight to pull within four, 32-28, which would be the score going in to the halftime break.
The Cowgirls were led at halftime by Hanna Zavecz who finished with 12 points and four rebounds. She was followed by Dominique Sisk with seven and Jodi Bolerjack with five. They were 10-28 (.357) from the field and just 3-13 (.231) from beyond the arc. The Huskers were led by Kiera Hardy with 13 points. Nebraska shot 13-28 (.464) from the field and 4-11 (.364) from the three-point line.
Nebraska scored the first seven of ten out of the break to extend their lead back up to eight, 39-31. The Cowgirls answered back with a 5-0 run of their own to pull within three, 39-36, but a three-point field goal by the Huskers put them back up six, 42-36. Wyoming kept fighting their way back into it and went on a 9-4 run to pull within a point, 46-45. A three-point field goal by Kiera Hardy gave the Huskers a four-point advantage, but Hanna Zavecz answered right back with five straight points to give the Cowgirls their first lead of the game 50-49. Nebraska responded with five unanswered to make it a four point game, 54-50, with about nine minutes remaining in the game. It was the Cowgirls turn as they scored eight of eleven to retake the lead, 58-57, however Nebraska responded with six of the next seven to go back up four, 63-59. There was no quit in Wyoming as they battled back with a 6-2 run to even it up at 65 all with two minutes remaining in the game. Two free throws by LaToya Howell with 1:39 on the clock gave NU a two point advantage, but a basket by Hanna Zavecz tied it up 67-67. Unfortunately, a three-point play by Nebraska with one minute remaining and a lay-up down the stretch gave the Huskers the 72-67 victory.