Dec. 2, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team improved to 3-1 on the young season as they defeated the Montana Grizzlies (3-2 overall) by a score of 50-45 on Friday night in Laramie.
"I thought tonight was a whole team effort," said head coach Joe Legerski. "We had great guard play on the defensive end from Erin Hicks to get us started in the first half, and Dominique Sisk continued it when she came in off the bench. I was especially pleased with the effort we got from our post players. Lorissa Ewing, Annie Gorenstein, Elisabeth Dissen have played limited minutes so far this season, but they did a nice job in the time they were in there. Michelle Taylor also did a great job, and I thought our post play was a key to this victory."
Wyoming was led in scoring by Jodi Bolerjack who finished with 11 points. She was followed by Megan McGuffey with nine and Erin Hicks with eight. McGuffey was the leading rebounder with seven while finishing with three assists and two steals. The Cowgirls were 19-62 (.306) from the field while committing only six turnovers.
Montana was led by Katie Edwards in the scoring category with 15 points followed by two players with seven. Tamara Guardipee was the leading rebounder with 12. The Lady Griz shot 17-55 (.309) from the field and out rebounded Wyoming 51-34.
It was all Montana to begin the game as they opened up a 7-0 lead while the Cowgirls went five minutes without scoring. Wyoming made a little run and would pull to within five, 12-7, then both teams went cold going over five minutes without a basket. A three-point field goal brought the Cowgirls to within two, 12-10, but the Lady Griz continued to hold their lead. With about four minutes left in the half with the score 16-15 in favor of Montana, UW closed out the half on a 9-5 run to take a 24-21 lead in to the locker room.
The Lady Griz hit two quick baskets to regain a one-point lead 25-24 to begin the second half, but Wyoming answered with a 7-0 run to go up 31-25. Montana would respond by scoring the next eight of 12 to make it 35-33 unfortunately for them another seven straight points by UW let them go up 42-33. The Lady Griz wouldn't go away quietly as another 8-2 run pulled them to within three, 44-41. That would be as close as they would get as the Cowgirls kept their composure and held them to just four points in the final four minutes as Wyoming took the 50-45 victory.
The Cowgirls next game will be on Sunday, Dec. 4 as they travel to Denver, Colo. to face the Denver Pioneers. The game will begin at 2:00 p.m.