Late Cowgirl Push Falls Short at Colorado

Dec. 5, 2007

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BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- Jackie McFarland scored 21 points, Brittany Spears matched her career high with 19 and Colorado upset No. 21 Wyoming 69-55 on Wednesday night.

Colorado (5-2) went on a 12-0 run to pull away late in the second half, and then held on to snap a 23-game losing streak against ranked opponents.

Colorado's last win against a ranked opponent was a 69-59 win over then-No. 24 Baylor on Jan. 7, 2004. The Buffaloes were ranked 14th at the time. In ending that streak, the Buffs prevented Wyoming (6-1) from its first 7-0 start in nearly 30 years.

Spears, a freshman from Pasadena, Calif., scored 14 in the second half, including eight in a 10-0 run that gave Colorado a 50-38 lead. Spears capped the run by hitting all three free throws after being fouled by Megan McGuffey on a 3-point attempt.

Wyoming responded to that surge with a 14-3 run that cut the Colorado lead to one before the Buffs pulled way. Justyna Podziemska led the Cowgirls with 19 points, and Hanna Zavecz scored 16.

McFarland had 15 points in the second half, including eight in the final 4 minutes.

Wyoming was off to its best start since going 8-0 to open the 1978-79 season. Colorado also handed the Cowgirls their first loss that season, too, 81-66.


"Colorado played extremely well," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "They have great size and players that can hit from the outside as well. We pulled to within one, and they came back with a three-point shot and we made a defensive mistake that put them back up by seven. I think it took a toll on us to play against this size. We missed a couple of easy shots that we would normally make. This schedule has been extremely tough and it will continue to be."