Cowgirls Win Season Opener

Nov. 19, 2005

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (1-0 overall) opened up the 2005-06 regular season with a 47-35 victory over the Sacramento State Hornets (0-1 overall) on Saturday afternoon in Laramie.

"Sometimes when you play hard in a basketball game it doesn't necessarily translate in to being the best looking basketball game," said head coach Joe Legerski. "I felt that we played hard today, but we had some first game jitters, turning over the ball 23 times.

"I thought our defensive effort was tremendous. To limit a team to ten points in the first half says a lot about how we can go out and defend."

Wyoming was led by Erin Hicks and Hanna Zavecz who both finished with nine points. Megan McGuffey had eight points off the bench followed by Jodi Bolerjack and Michelle Taylor with six. Hicks also led the way with seven rebounds along with three assists and two steals. Wyoming shot 16-42 (.381) from the field and had 34 rebounds.

Ashley Cadotte finished her night with ten points to lead the way for the Hornets followed by Kim Sheehy with nine. Forward Cindy Alldrin recorded a team high five rebounds. Sac State shot 12-42 (.286) from the field but committed 24 turnovers.

It was low scoring in the first several minutes of the game as the two teams combined for only seven points by the 15 minute mark. With the score 4-3 in favor of UW, the Cowgirls scored six unanswered to go up 10-3, while the Hornets went almost seven minutes without a basket. They would battle their way back in to it though with a 5-0 run to pull within two, 10-8. After a Michelle Taylor free throw broke an eight minute scoring drought for Wyoming, the Cowgirls scored the final 12 of 14 points to take a 22-10 lead in to the locker room.

The two teams played pretty evenly out of the half but the Cowgirls would extend their lead to 15, 33-18. A couple of baskets by Sac State brought them to within 11 which was answered by five straight points by Wyoming to make the score 38-22. The Hornets continued to chip away at the Cowgirl lead with a 13-2 run to make it a seven point game 40-33. A young Cowgirl team kept their composure and only allowed Sacramento State to score two points in the final three minutes as they would go on to the 47-35 victory.

The Cowgirls next game will be Monday night against the Colorado Buffaloes, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in Boulder.