Cowgirls Beat Dons to Open Season, 71-58

Nov. 12, 2006

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (1-0 overall) opened up the regular season with a 71-58 victory over the San Francisco Dons (0-2 overall) on Sunday afternoon in Laramie.

"The game of basketball is about runs," said Wyoming head coach Joe Legerski. "San Francisco had a run and tied it up at 41. We made a change in what we wanted to do offensively and it worked. Jodi hit a big three-point shot and Dominique had a three point play, which put us back up by six. The change worked, because the players made it work. I couldn't be more pleased with the play of Dominique and Jodi tonight."

Four players finished the night with double-figures for UW led by junior Hanna Zavecz. She recorded a team high 15 points, six rebounds and five assists in her 36 minutes of play. She was 4-9 from the field and a perfect 4-4 from the free throw line. Guard Jodi Bolerjack finished with 12 points and four assists followed by Justyna Podziemska with 11 and Megan McGuffey with ten. Zavecz and Podziemska led the way with six rebounds each, while Elisabeth Dissen and Aubrey Vandiver both had five rebounds. The Cowgirls were 22-54 (.407) from the field, 17-20 (.850) from the free throw line, while recording 34 rebounds and 15 assists.

Forward Nickie Warren led the way for the Dons with a game high 18 points and four rebounds in 36 minutes of play. Dominique Carter followed with 16 while Nykia Peace had nine points and a team high six rebounds. San Francisco shot 26-53 (.491) from the field and had 28 rebounds.

After an early three-point field goal and two free throws put San Francisco up 3-2, the Cowgirls scored eight straight points to go up 10-3. Wyoming continued to lead as the Dons went over five minutes without a basket until a three point field goal by Nykia Peace. The Cowgirls then scored the next 6 of 8 to go up 16-8, which they extended to 12, 24-13. USF battled back as they went on a 12-7 run to pull within six, 31-25. UW kept their composure and held on to a 33-27 lead going in to the locker room.

USF scored the first basket out of the break, but the Cowgirls came back with six straight points to go up ten, 39-29. The Dons hung tough as they scored eight unanswered to pull within two, 39-37, and eventually tied it up at 41 all. Wyoming responded with a 6-0 run to back up 47-41, unfortunately two straight baskets by USF made it a two point game, 47-45. Two big three point field goals by Jodi Bolerjack put Wyoming back up by eight 53-34, and an 8-4 run extended the Cowgirl lead to 12, 61-49. With the score 65-51 in favor of the Cowgirls, the Dons made one final run to pull within nine, 65-56, but the Cowgirls would hold on for the 71-58 victory.

Wyoming will head out on the road next week with two games. They will take on the Northern Colorado Bears, on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 7:00 p.m. and the Kansas State Wildcats, on Friday, Nov. 17, at 6:00 p.m MT.