Nov. 3, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Third year head coach Joe Legerski and the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team opened up the 2005-06 exhibition season with an impressive 62-36 victory over the Adams State Grizzlies, on Thursday night, in Laramie.
Two Cowgirls finished the night in double figures, including sophomore Jodi Bolerjack. She led the way with 14 points, four steals and three rebounds, while shooting 7-12 (.583) from the field. Newcomer Megan McGuffey came off the bench and scored ten points along with five boards in her first action as a Cowgirl. They were followed by three played with seven points. Sophomore Hanna Zavecz brought down a team high seven boards while Rebecca Vanderjagt had five. As a team, UW was 25-69 (.362) from the field, while out rebounding Adams State, 49-26.
The Grizzlies were led by Brandie Telfer with eight points, followed by Erica Marquez and Stephanie Klecker with six. Adams State shot 35.9 (14-39) percent from the field, but committed 24 turnovers.
"I always say the first game, whether it's an exhibition or not, it's still putting on that Wyoming jersey for the first time and going out there to play in your first college basketball game. I was very pleased with the way Megan (McGuffey) and Alysia (Kraft) performed tonight," said head coach Joe Legerski. "Megan came out grabbed some offensive rebounds with a couple of put backs and really looked like she belonged out there. Alysia came in off the bench and really did some nice things. Overall, I was happy with the play of all of the newcomers.
"Jodi (Bolerjack) also did a nice job and really stepped up in her play tonight," added Legerski. "She was aggressive towards the basket and has been shooting the ball extremely well. I think what we saw in her tonight was one of the reasons why we recruited her."
It was low scoring in the first several minutes as both teams really tried to get in to the flow of the game, but the Grizzlies would jump out first to take an early 7-5 lead. The Cowgirls responded quickly with 15 straight points to open up a 20-7 lead, while Adams State went almost six minutes without a basket. The Grizzlies hung in their as they went on a 5-0 run which pulled them to within eight, 20-12. At about the nine minute mark, both teams went in to a little scoring slump as they managed to score a combined 12 points the remainder of the half, as Wyoming took a 27-17 lead in to the locker room.
Three Cowgirls finished the first half with five points, while sophomore Hanna Zavecz recorded six rebounds. The Cowgirls were 11-31 (.355) from the field and out rebounded the Grizzlies 25-13. Brandie Telfer finished with half with six points to lead the way for Adams State. They were 7-23 (.304) from the field and committed ten first half turnovers.
Right out of the half, the Cowgirls hit two quick baskets to extend their lead to 14 points, 31-17. Adams State stayed determined and went on an 8-4 run to pull within 11, 35-24, but UW continued to hold on to their double-digit lead. With the score 41-24 in favor of Wyoming, a couple of quick three-point shots by Adams State made it an 11-point deficit once again, but that would be as close as it would get. In the final eight minutes of the game, the Cowgirls out scored the Grizzlies 21-6 down the stretch to come away with a 62-36 victory.
The Cowgirls will play one more exhibition game before they begin regular season play. They will host the Metro State Roadrunners, on Friday, Nov. 11, at 7:00 p.m. in Laramie.