Dec. 4, 2005
DENVER, Colo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (4-1 overall) earned a hard fought 15-point victory, 62-47, against the Denver Pioneers (1-4 overall) on Sunday afternoon in Denver.
"Overall, I really think we're progressing well as a team this season," said head coach Joe Legerski. "It's difficult to prepare in the non-conference season. Both teams were extremely young and you just try to learn as the game goes on and try to make adjustments. We were able to get to the free throw line and did a nice job from there in the second half, which gave us some confidence.
"Megan McGuffey is starting to understand that she can be a factor," he added. "She had 12 points and nine rebounds, almost a double-double. You really can't say much more about a person that's going out there and is really starting to figure out how to play at this level and is doing a really good job."
Four players finished the night in double-digits, including sophomore Hanna Zavecz. She had 20 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Erin Hicks had 13 points followed by Jodi Bolerjack and Megan McGuffey with 12 each. Wyoming shot 19-46 (.413) from the field and 17-23 (.739) from the charity stripe.
Denver was led by Sara Benham with 15 points followed by two players with six. The Pioneers were 16-49 (.327) from the field and out rebounded the Cowgirls 36-32.
It was low scoring in the first several minutes of the game as the teams combined for a total of three points. With the score 2-1 in favor of Wyoming, the Pioneers went on a 7-0 run to open up an 8-2 lead. The Cowgirls responded with six straight of their own to even things up at eight all. Both teams couldn't hit a field goal for over three minutes until a three-point field goal by DU's Brooke Meyer would put the Pioneers up 11-8. Wyoming answered with five points to take their first lead of the game 13-11. Denver scored the next six of eight to regain a two point advantage, 17-15, but the Cowgirls scored the final three points to take an 18-17 lead in to the locker room. Wyoming was 8-23 (.348) from the field, 1-4 (.250) from the free throw line and had 16 rebounds. Denver was 7-21 (.333) from the field and 18 rebounds. Hanna Zavecz led all scorers with seven points, while Megan McGuffey had five rebounds.
Wyoming opened up a three point lead right out of the break, 22-19, but the Pioneers came back with five straight to regain a 24-22 advantage. A three-point field goal by Megan McGuffey put the Cowgirls back up by one, and they scored seven unanswered to take an eight point lead 32-24. Denver battled back with a 6-1 run to pull within three, 33-30. UW extended their lead once again by scoring the next seven of nine, 40-32, unfortunately Denver hit a couple of shots to bring it to a 40-36 score. Five straight from the Cowgirls put them back up by nine, 45-36, but a pesky Pioneer team closed the gap to four, 45-41. Two three point field goals by Wyoming extended the advantage to double-digits, 51-41, and they closed it out with free throws to come away with the 62-47 victory.
The Cowgirls will be at home next weekend as they host two games. They will welcome the Boise State Broncos, on Thursday night, at 7:00 p.m. and the Northern Colorado Bears, on Saturday afternoon, at 2:00 p.m.