Dec. 6, 2004
Laramie, Wyoming (Dec. 6, 2004) -- In dominating fashion, the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team opened up the week with a 76-51 victory over the Texas Pan American Lady Broncs, on Monday night in Laramie. The Cowgirls now improve to 5-1 overall while the Lady Broncs drop to 3-5 on the season. It's the best start for a Cowgirl team through six games since the 1991-92 season when they also started off the season with a 5-1 record.
UTPA took an early 4-0 lead, but the Cowgirls responded with nine unanswered to go up 9-4. After a basket from the Lady Broncs, Wyoming ran off seven straight points to open up a double-digit lead 16-6, while Texas Pan Am went almost five minutes without a basket. Down 22-12, the Lady Broncs battled back with a 5-0 run to pull within five as the Cowgirls struggled to score going over four minutes with scoring a point. They would keep their composure and score the last seven of eleven to take a 30-21 lead in to the locker room.
Ashley Elliott led all scorers with 11 followed by Hanna Zavecz with seven and Erin Hicks with six points. Zavecz led the team in rebounds with seven in the half. The Cowgirls shot 10-26 (.385) from the field, while out rebounding UTPA 17-12.
The Lady Broncs were led by Dominique Montague with ten points while Jennifer Arriola recorded a team high three rebounds. UTPA shot 9-20 (.450) from the field in the half.
The Cowgirls extended their lead again to double-digits right out of the break with a 13-6 run to make the score, 43-27. Unfortunately for Texas Pan Am, they would only be able to pull within 15-points, 46-31, as Wyoming would dominate the rest of the half. They out scored the Lady Broncs 30-20 the remainder of the way to take home a 76-51 victory.
"One of the difficult things in this game is when you have a big win against a team like Colorado, it's sometimes hard to get the kids to refocus for the next game," said head coach Joe Legerski. "To start the game off Texas Pan American came out with the energy, aggressiveness and came after us, and we were a little flat. I can tell them as much as I want about keeping focused for the next task, but it's different for the players to go through it themselves. We still have some learning to do as a group, and that's how I thought the game started off.
"I'm really pleased with the effort we're showing. Defensively we're playing well, and on the offensive end our motion game is starting to come together. Once again, we had three players in double-figures tonight and you get Ashley Elliott on a roll like that everybody looks for her. She kept coming through with shot after shot."
Wyoming was led in scoring by guard Ashley Elliott who finished her night with a season high 31 points. She also chipped in seven assists and six steals, while shooting 10-18 from the field and 7-9 from the charity stripe. Freshman Hanna Zavecz chipped in 18 points, seven rebounds and a career high six assists, while guard Erin Hicks recorded ten points and seven boards. The Cowgirls were 25-50 (.500) from the field and 10-19 (.526) from beyond the arc.
UTPA was led by Tynesha Pierce, who recorded a team high 21 points, along with four rebounds off the bench. She was followed by Dominique Montague with 13 points. The Lady Broncs shot 21-44 (.477) from the field, but committed 23 turnovers.
The Cowgirls will now travel to Casper, Wyoming as they will host the Ohio Bobcats, on Saturday night, at 5:30 p.m. It will be a part of a double-header with the men, who will follow at 8:00 p.m. against Kansas State.