Wyoming Women's Basketball Team Wins Fifth Straight

Nov. 29, 2007

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The 24th ranked Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team (5-0 overall) returned home for the first time in over two weeks and earned a 65-54 victory against the Montana Lady Griz (3-3 overall) on Thursday night in Laramie.

"I think the most important thing is we came away with a victory," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "We talk about approaching the game at hand. I thought we came out and started off very well. The concern I had that once you start hitting shots from the perimeter, that's what you settle for. We had to make an adjustment to go inside a little bit more. I thought those types of things helped us in winning this game."

Cowgirl senior Hanna Zavecz had a team high 19 points, seven assists and one blocked shot in 38 minutes of play. She was followed by Justyna Podziemska with 15 points and seven boards, while Aubrey Vandiver recorded a double-double with ten points and ten boards. The Cowgirls shot 23-60 (.383) from the field, 11-14 (.786) from the free throw line, while out rebounding the Lady Griz 41-31.

Montana was led by Britney Lohman with 14 points and seven boards. Lauren Beck added 12 points off the bench, while Johanna Closson finished with eight points and seven rebounds. They were 16-46 (.348) from the field and 16-20 (.800) from the free throw line.

The Cowgirls started out on fire as they hit three straight field goals from beyond the arc to take a 9-2 lead. Montana responded by scoring nine of the next eleven points to even things up at 11 all. A three-point basket by Podziemska started a 7-2 run to put UW back up by five 18-13. The two teams played evenly over the next several minutes until the Lady Griz went on a 5-2 run to pull within two, 22-20. The Cowgirls answered with a 10-0 scoring run including seven points by Zavecz to go up by double-figures 32-20 with two minutes in the half. Unfortunately, Montana had other ideas and scored the final five points, but the Cowgirls still took a 32-35 lead in to the locker room.

At halftime Zavecz led the way for the Cowgirls with 11 points followed by Podziemska with eight. Vandiver had a team-high four rebounds. Wyoming shot 11-29 (.379) from the field and 6-18 (.333) from beyond the arc.

Beck and Lohman both finished with seven points to lead Montana in the first half, while Closson led the way with three rebounds. The Lady Griz shot 8-21 (.381) from the field and 6-7 (.857) from the free throw line.

Montana continued their scoring streak out of the break with five straight points to pull within five, 34-29. Wyoming responded by scoring four of the next six points to make it a 38-31 game through the first media timeout. Six straight free throws by the Lady Griz made it a one point game 38-37 as the Cowgirls couldn't buy a basket going almost five minutes without scoring. A three-point field goal by Beck gave Montana their first lead of the game 40-38 with 10:42 left on the clock. With it all even at 42 apiece, the Cowgirls went on a 15-0 scoring run to take a double-digit lead 57-42. The Lady Griz hit a five minute scoring drought as well until another Beck basket ended it. Another basket would pull them to within nine, 59-50, but that would be as close as they would get as free throws down the stretch helped the Cowgirls hang on to a 65-54 victory.

Wyoming will continue play at home on Saturday, December 1, as they host the Denver Pioneers. The game is set to begin at 2:00 p.m. in the Arena Auditorium.