Nov. 28, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (2-1 overall) fell by the final of 65-55 to the Kansas State Wildcats (3-0 overall) on Monday night in Laramie.
"I was pleased with the effort tonight," said head coach Joe Legerski. "When you're down 19 points to a team like Kansas State, the kids could have really checked it in, but we battled back. Unfortunately, we were playing a team that has players that are used to playing in big games and it seemed like every time they needed a big shot one of those players would hit something. I thought we did a nice job on the defensive end by creating 21 turnovers, we just didn't take advantage of enough things on the offensive end."
Four Wyoming players finished the night in double-figures including sophomore Hanna Zavecz. She recorded a team high 14 points, six assists and five steals in 32 minutes of play. Megan McGuffey had a career high 12 points off the bench while Michelle Taylor also had 12 points and Dominique Sisk finished with 11. McGuffey also recorded a career high six rebounds in her 22 minutes of play. Wyoming shot 20-55 (.364) from the field and a disappointing 12-23 (.522) from the charity stripe.
Claire Coggins led the way for the Wildcats with a game high 23 points, while JoAnn Hamlin recorded a double-double with ten points and ten rebounds. Kansas State shot 26-51 (.510) from the field while out rebounding the Cowgirls 45-25.
Sophomore Hanna Zavecz scored four of the first nine points for the Cowgirls as they opened up a 9-2 advantage. The Wildcats battled back with seven unanswered to tie it up at nine, but a couple of quick baskets by Wyoming put them back up 13-9. They increased that lead to six, 19-13, but it didn't last as Kansas State went on a 10-0 run to take their first lead of the game 23-19. They continued to maintain their advantage for the remainder of the half as they took a 28-25 score in to the locker room.
The Cowgirls came out cold to begin the second half as they scored only one point in the first five minutes, while Kansas State extended their lead to 13, 39-26, with an 11-1 run. It didn't get much better as Wyoming managed to score only eight points by the eight minute mark of the second half as KSU continued to lead by double-figures, 52-33. With that same score, the Cowgirls wouldn't give up and went on a 7-0 run to pull within 12, 52-40. A couple of baskets put the Wildcats up by 16, but another 13-2 scoring run by UW made the score 58-53 with 1:37 on the clock. Unfortunately they couldn't overcome the deficit as the Wildcats hit a couple of free throws to seal the 65-55 win.
The Cowgirls next game will be on Friday, Dec. 2 as they host the Montana Lady Griz. The game will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Arena Auditorium.