Cowgirls Fall in Overtime to Wildcats, 68-62

Nov. 17, 2006


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The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (2-1 overall) lost a heartbreaker in overtime, 68-62, against the Kansas State Wildcats (3-0 overall) on Friday night in Manhattan, Kansas.

"We played hard tonight and sometimes you need the ball to bounce your way and it didn't in our favor," said head coach Joe Legerski. "You think you have the game won with about two seconds left, but a half court shot goes in and forces it in to overtime. I felt like we kept playing hard all night, especially at the end of the first half when we were down by 12 and pulled to within three to go in to the locker room at the half.

"I'm so proud of this team and the way the hung in there all of the way. I was also proud of the way Hanna Zavecz played tonight. She was out there for 43 minutes, scored 19 points and really kept us in the game at times."

Four of five starters finished the game in double figures lead by junior Hanna Zavecz. She had a season high 19 points, along with three assists, two steals and two rebounds in 43 minutes of play. She was followed by Justyna Podziemska who had a career high 14 points and nine rebounds, while Jodi Bolerjack chipped in 12 points and Dominique Sisk had a season high 11 points. Bolerjack was 4-4 from the three point line and has now hit 13 in a row dating back to the game against San Francisco in the season opener. Wyoming shot 22-57 (.386) from the field and 10-13 (.769) from the free throw line.

The Wildcats were led by Shana Wheeler who finished with 16 points and seven rebounds off the bench. Marlies Gipson had 14 points and 11 rebounds followed by Claire Coggins with 13 and Shalee Lehning with 11. KSU shot 28-60 (.467) from the field and out rebounded the Cowgirls 40-30.

Kansas State stormed out early in the game as they took a 7-0 lead. It took the Cowgirls until the 16:38 mark to score with a basket by Sisk. The Wildcats extended their lead back up to seven 11-4, but Wyoming responded with a 7-0 scoring run to even it up at 11 all. That was short lived as KSU answered with ten straight points to take a double-figure lead 21-11, which they extended to 12 points, 25-13. The Cowgirls battled their way back in to it by closing out the half on a 14-5 run to head in to the locker room down only by three, 30-27.

The Wildcats scored the first four of seven out of the halftime break to take a four point advantage, 34-30. Wyoming would respond with a 12-2 run to open up a six point lead, 42-36. Kansas State battled back with six straight points to even it up at 42 all as the Cowgirls went cold. They went almost six minutes with out scoring until a three point field goal by Zavecz put them back up 45-42. KSU rallied off eight straight points to take a five point lead 50-45. A three-point field goal by Bolerjack and two baskets by Zavecz gave the Cowgirls the lead, 52-50, with under a minute remaining, but Wheeler would hit a shot to tie it up at 52 all. With time winding down the Cowgirls would drive down the court and Podziemska would hit a three point shot with seconds remaining to put them up 55-52. Senior Claire Coggins in a last attempt came down and would hit a half court shot to tie it up at 55 and send it to overtime.

Kansas State scored the first basket in the overtime, but Wyoming scored a three-point field goal to take a one point lead, 58-57. Unfortunately, the Wildcats took over the game as they outscored the Cowgirls 11-4 the remainder of the way to win the game 68-62

Wyoming will play their next game at home by hosting another Big 12 opponent in the Colorado Buffaloes, on Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 7:00 p.m.