Nov. 24, 2006
BOULDER, Colo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (4-1 overall) opened up the weekend with an impressive victory 77-55 against the Charlotte 49ers (3-2 overall), on Friday night, at the 20th annual Coors Classic in Boulder, Colo.
"We tried to spread out the offense in the second half," said head coach Joe Legerski. "With all of the pressure they were putting on us, we had to make sure we had lanes that we could drive to and we did that in the second half. I thought Justyna, Dominique and Hanna did a really great job.
"What is starting to happen with this group is that we have more than two players that can score. Justyna had 20 points followed by Megan McGuffey with 19, on 7-11 shooting, and that is a big lift for us. Some nights Jodi's not going to get many looks, but it was nice to know that because of that other people stepped up."
Four players finished the night in double-figures for Wyoming led by Justyna Podziemska. She finished with a career high 20 points and nine rebounds. She was 6-12 (.500) from the field and a perfect 6-6 (1.00) from the free throw line. Megan McGuffey followed with a season high 19 points and six rebounds. Hanna Zavecz recorded 16 points and Dominique Sisk finished with ten. As a team, they were 27-49 (.551) from the field, 18-20 (.900) from the free throw line and out rebounded the 49ers 37-23.
Courtney Williams and Sabrina Gregory both finished with ten points each for the 49ers followed by Traci Ray with eight. Danielle Burgin led the way with six rebounds. Charlotte was 21-59 (.356) from the field and 11-11 (1.00) from the free throw line.
The two teams traded a couple of baskets until the 49ers scored five unanswered to take a 9-4 lead. Wyoming responded with an 11-2 scoring run to open up a four point advantage, 15-11. Charlotte hit two free throws and a basket to even it up at 15 all, but the Cowgirls went on another big run, 12-2, to extend their lead to double-figures, 27-17. The 49ers battled back by scoring the next 9 of 12 to pull within four, 30-26, with two minutes remaining in the half. Wyoming would hold on to the lead and take a 32-30 lead in to the locker room.
The Cowgirls were led in scoring at the half by McGuffey who had 12 points followed by Zavecz with nine and Podziemska with seven. McGuffey also led the way with four rebounds. Wyoming was 11-23 (.478) from the field and out rebounded the 49ers 19-10. Charlotte was led by Ashley Spriggs, Ray and Williams with six points. Williams also led the way with three rebounds. They were 11-28 (.393) from the field.
Two quick baskets by Jodi Bolerjack out of the half time break gave the Cowgirls a six point lead, 36-30. After a basket by the 49ers, Wyoming went on a 7-2 run to extend the lead to nine, 43-34. Charlotte hit a couple of shots to pull within five, 43-38, but the Cowgirls scored the next 7 of 11 to regain a 50-42 advantage with 11 minutes to go in the game. Both teams went cold for several minutes until the 9:06 mark when Podziemska hit a lay-up followed by a McGuffey three point field goal to put them up 13, 55-42. Two free throws by Charlotte finally broke a five minute scoring drought, but Wyoming went on an 8-3 run to make the lead 63-46 with five minutes remaining. Over the next several minutes that lead would grow to 21, 71-50, for the Cowgirls as Charlotte really struggled from the field. In fact, they held them to only ten points in the final six minutes as Wyoming finished it out to win the game 77-55.