Two Straight For Cowgirl Hoops Over Buffs

Nov. 21, 2005

BOULDER, Colo. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (2-0 overall) earned their first road victory of the season with an impressive 66-50 win over the Colorado Buffaloes (1-1 overall) on Monday night in Boulder.

"It was an extremely intense, hard fought basketball game tonight," said head coach Joe Legerski. "We knew coming in to this game that we would have a challenge with Colorado's size. When you look at a player like McFarland and how many people you have to commit to her and then still defend everyone else is cause for concern. We knew she would get her points, it's how you limit the other players.

"As a team, we had more players step up on the offensive end," he added. "We had four players in double-figures, which included three sophomores, and it speaks volumes on how intense and competitive this group is. I also felt the job Erin Hicks and Hanna Zavecz did on the defensive side was the difference in the basketball game."

Four of five starters finished in double-figures, including sophomore Jodi Bolerjack. She recorded a career high 16 points along with four rebounds in 39 minutes of play. Michelle Taylor was just two shy of her career high with 14 points followed by Rebecca Vanderjagt and Hanna Zavecz with ten each. Senior guard Erin Hicks had a season high 12 rebounds along with eight points and six assists. The Cowgirls shot 25-59 (.424) from the field and a perfect 10-10 (1.00) from the charity stripe.

Forward Jackie McFarland finished with a double-double with 28 points and 11 rebounds for Colorado. Yari Escalera also had 12 points in 27 minutes of play. The Buffs shot 18-58 (.310) from the field.

After a couple of baskets by each team in the early going of the first half, the Cowgirls went on a 13-2 run to open up a 13-point lead, 17-4. Colorado answered with four straight to pull within nine but a quick three-point play by Wyoming put them back up by 12, 20-8. The Buffaloes continued to chip away at the Cowgirl lead as they went on a 6-2 run to make the score 22-14. A three-point field goal by Jodi Bolerjack would stop that run as the scored the next six of ten points to take the lead back in to double-digits, 28-18. CU wouldn't go away quietly and scored 11 straight to take their first lead of the game 29-28, while the Cowgirls went almost four minutes without a basket. They would make a strong comeback as they scored the final four of five points of the half to take a 32-30 advantage in to the locker room.

Colorado came out and scored five straight to take the lead for just the second time in the game, 35-32, to begin the second half. Wyoming responded with an 8-2 run to regain a three point advantage, 40-37. A basket by Lauren Lubin brought the Buffaloes to within one, but the Cowgirls rallied back with a 10-5 run to go back up by seven, 50-43. At the eight minute mark of the half, Colorado hit three free throws to pull within four, 50-46. This time Wyoming went on a 10-0 open the lead up to double-digits, 60-46. The Buffs could never recover as they manged to score only four points the rest of the way and the Cowgirls went on to the 66-50 win.

This was the 42nd meeting between the two Front Range schools. Colorado now leads the series 32-10. Prior to Monday, the last time the two teams met was Dec. 1, 2004 in Laramie as the Cowgirls broke a 13-game losing streak against the Buffs with a 72-67 victory.

The Cowgirls next game will be after Thanksgiving when they will host the Kansas State Wildcats, on Monday, Nov. 28, in Laramie beginning at 7:00 p.m.