Nov. 30, 2006
MISSOULA, Mont. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (6-2 overall) closed out their road trip with a 70-59 loss against the Montana Lady Griz (4-1 overall) on Thursday night in Missoula.
"This is a difficult place to play," said head coach Joe Legerski. "We hung in there around 27 minutes. They hit a couple of three point shots to go up six, we cut it with a shot by Hanna, but then we didn't shoot the ball well enough from the perimeter. I didn't think we were aggressive enough to the basket."
Four Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures including Hanna Zavecz. She finished with a team high 19 points followed by Justyna Podziemska with 17, Jodi Bolerjack with 12 and Dominique Sisk with 11. Sisk led the way with six boards. Wyoming was 21-57 (.368) from the field and 13-31 (.419) from beyond the arc.
The Lady Griz were led by Mandy Morales with 27 points and six rebounds. Sara Gale finished her night with 14 rebounds. As a team, they were 21-54 (.389) from the field and 24-26 (.923) from the free throw line.
Wyoming started off on a good note as they hit two three-point field goals and a two point basket to take the early lead 8-2, which they extended to nine, 13-4, with a 5-2 run. Montana responded by scoring ten of the next eleven to even it up at 14 all as the Cowgirls went almost six minutes with out scoring. Bolerjack hit two three-point field goals to help Wyoming regain a four point lead, 20-16, with 7:42 remaining. Unfortunately, the Lady Griz went on a 6-2 run to tie it up at 22-22. The Cowgirls kept their composure and went on an 11-6 run of their own to gain a five point advantage, 33-28. Despite a couple of free throws by the Lady Griz, Wyoming would go in to the locker room with a 33-30 lead.
The Cowgirls were led at the half by Podziemska who recorded 11 points, along with three rebounds. She was followed by Bolerjack with nine and Zavecz with eight. Four players led the way with three rebounds each. As a team, they were 12-27 (.444) from the field and 8-12 (.667) from beyond the arc.
Montana was led after the first half by Sonya Rogers, who had 15 points followed by Johanna Closson with four. Gale brought down a team high six rebounds. The Lady Griz shot 9-25 (.360) from the field and 11-12 (.917) from the free throw line.
The Lady Griz came out of the break and scored seven of ten to take a one point lead, 37-36. Wyoming responded with an 8-5 run to regain a three-point advantage, 44-41, with almost 14 minutes remaining. Unfortunately Montana answered by scoring 13 of 17 to take their largest lead of the game 54-48. A three-point field goal by Zavecz brought Wyoming to within three, 54-51, but six straight by the Lady Griz increased the lead to nine, 60-51. Unfortunately, the Cowgirls couldn't make a big enough comeback as they would fall by the final of 70-59.
The Cowgirls have a few days off before they travel up to Casper, Wyo. for the Wyoming Shoot-Out, on Saturday, Dec. 9. They will host the Western State Mountaineers in a double-header with the Cowboys. The game is set to begin at 1:00 p.m.