Nov. 21, 2006
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (3-1 overall) earned an impressive 68-49 win over the Colorado Buffaloes (2-2 overall) on Tuesday night in Laramie. The victory was the Cowgirls' third consecutive over the Buffs.
"Defensively we went in with a game plan that we had to help off in the post area," said head coach Joe Legerski. "Colorado's post players are very talented and we knew that they would get some points, we just had to make sure that we made it as difficult as we could and didn't allow other players to have big night as well. I thought we accomplished that tonight with the ten steals and holding them to 28 rebounds.
"This was an important night for us to come out and play to get a win. It was a tough loss against Kansas State and we had to get over that. With a young group, I thought the crowd energized us and really helped us out to get this victory."
Four players finished the night in double-figures for Wyoming, including Justyna Podziemska and Jodi Bolerjack. They both finished the night with 18 points. Megan McGuffey followed with 14 points off the bench and Hanna Zavecz had ten. Zavecz led the way with seven rebounds while Dominique Sisk had six. As a team, the Cowgirls shot 23-55 (.418) from the field and 11-25 (.440) from beyond the arc.
Colorado was led by Jackie McFarland who had a game high 22 points and seven rebounds. Jasmina Ilic had ten points, while Susie Powers had six. The Buffs shot 15-38 (.395) from the field, but turned the ball over 24 times.
Colorado scored the first basket of the game, but Wyoming answered with five straight to go up 5-2. The Buffs pulled to within one, and then both teams went cold going over three minutes with out a basket. McFarland would hit a basket to put CU up one, 6-5, but a three point field goal by Podziemska gave UW an 8-6 lead. CU evened it up at eight and then the Cowgirls went on a 12-3 scoring run to take a nine point lead as the Buffs went on a four minute scoring drought. Colorado scored a couple baskets to pull within five, but Wyoming scored the next four to make it a six point game, 24-18. In fact they would close out the half on a 7-4 run to take a 31-22 lead in to the locker room.
Out of the break, CU scored five of the first seven to pull within five, 33-28. The Cowgirls answered with a 6-4 run to go back up seven 39-32. The Buffs continued to battle and scored four of seven to bring the score to within four, 42-36. This time the Cowgirls responded with eight unanswered to go up 14, 50-36. After a free throw by CU, three straight thee point field goals by Wyoming put them up 19, 59-40. The Cowgirls then turned on the defense as they held the Buffs to nine points the remaining seven minutes of the game as they came away with the 68-49 victory.