Nov. 28, 2006
POCATELLO, Idaho -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (6-1 overall) continued play on the road as they earned a 79-58 victory over the Idaho State Bengals (0-5 overall), on Tuesday night, in Pocatello, Idaho.
"I'm very happy with this victory tonight," said head coach Joe Legerski. "This is a very difficult place to play against a quality opponent. Idaho State has been picked as one of the top teams in the Big Sky conference. They closed the gap on us in the second half down to about nine points, but we ran a couple of sets and got the ball to Hanna and she delivered."
Four Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures including guard Jodi Bolerjack. She recorded a team high 22 points, along with six rebounds, four assists and four steals. She was followed by Hanna Zavecz with 14, Megan McGuffey with 12 and Dominique Sisk with ten. As a team, they were 31-72 (.431) from the field and 13-36 (.361) from beyond the arc.
The Bengals were led by Natalie Doma, who finished with a double-double recording 22 points and 14 rebounds. Jeni Boesel had nine points followed by Aralee Smith with eight. Idaho State shot 21-59 (.356) from the field and out rebounded the Cowgirls 42-37.
Idaho State would score the first basket of the game, but the Cowgirls responded with eight straight points to take the early 8-2 advantage. The Bengals answered with five straight to pull within one, which was answered with a Sisk three point field goal to put them back up 11-7. ISU came back with a 9-6 scoring run to re-take the lead by two, 16-14, which the Cowgirls responded with a 14-2 run to take a double-figure lead, 28-18. Over the next several minutes the teams played pretty evenly as Wyoming continued to lead by 11, 36-25. Despite being out scored 4-2 in the last minute of the half, the Cowgirls still took a 38-29 lead in to the locker room.
The Cowgirls were led at halftime by Bolerjack who finished with 12 points followed by Zavecz with eight and Aubrey Vandiver with six. Vandiver also led the way with four rebounds. As a team, they were 13-34 (.382) from the field. Idaho State was led by Doma, who finished with 12 points and eight rebounds. Andrea Lightfoot recorded six points. They were 12-30 (.400) from the field.
Wyoming opened up the second half on an 8-4 run to regain a double-figure lead, 46-33, which they extended to 21 points by scoring the next 12 of 16 with 11:37 remaining in the game. Idaho State struggled on the offensive end as they could only manage eight points in the first nine minutes. With the score 60-40 in favor of Wyoming, the Bengals went on a 17-5 run to pull within nine, 63-54, with seven minutes to go in the game. The Cowgirls kept their composure and scored ten unanswered to go back up 19, 73-54. That's all it would take as they would go on to the 79-58 victory.
The Cowgirls will continue their road trip as they travel to Missoula, Mont. to take on the Montana Lady Griz, on Thursday, Nov. 30, at 7:00 p.m.