Cowgirls Beat Broncos, 68-54

Dec. 8, 2005


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The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team improved to 5-1 on the young season with an impressive 68-54 win over the Boise State Broncos (5-2 overall) on Thursday night in Laramie.

"It was really a tale of two halves," said head coach Joe Legerski. "Boise State shot the ball extremely well in the first half as we let them get going in transition. That was one of the adjustments that we made at the half, to play better transition defense, get a hand up in someone's face and we were able to do that. I thought Erin (Hicks) did a nice job on the defensive end and held their point guard to a 2-16 shooting night."

Two Cowgirls finished the night in double-digits, including sophomore Hanna Zavecz. She recorded her second double-figure game in a row with a season high 22 points, while finishing with seven rebounds, two assists and two steals. Guard Jodi Bolerjack followed with a career high 20 points, four assists and shooting a perfect 8-8 (1.00) from the charity stripe. Wyoming was 20-55 (.364) from the field, 22-28 (.786) from the charity stripe and 27 rebounds.

Nadia Begay led the way for the Broncos with a team high 20 points off the bench as she was 4-8 (.500) from beyond the arc. Michelle Hessing had a team high eight rebounds. Boise State shot 21-48 (.362) from the field, but committed 17 turnovers.

Behind two early baskets from Michelle Taylor, the Cowgirls opened up a 6-3 lead, which they extended to 10-5. Two straight three point field goals by Nadia Begay gave the Broncos their first lead of the game, 11-10, but Wyoming answered with a 7-2 run to regain a four point advantage, 17-13. Unfortunately, Boise State responded with nine unanswered to go up 22-17 while UW went over six minutes without a basket. The Broncos led the remainder of the half and took a 31-26 score in to the locker room. Hanna Zavecz led all scorers with 12 while Michelle Taylor was the leading rebounder with five. The Cowgirls shot 9-26 (.346) from the field and had 13 rebounds.

Hanna Zavecz scored the first five points to begin the second half as the Cowgirls went on a 9-0 run to take the lead 35-31. Wyoming extended their lead to 41-34, but Boise State scored four straight to pull within three, 41-38. Following that the Broncos went on a three minute scoring drought, while the Cowgirls ran off nine unanswered to take a double-digit advantage, 50-38. With the score 57-45 in favor of UW, Boise State went on a 7-0 run to close the gap to five, 57-52, with 3:40 left in the game. The Cowgirls kept their composure and held BSU to a pair of free throws the rest of the way to come away with the 14-point victory, 68-54.

The Cowgirls continue play at home as they close out the weekend against the Northern Colorado Bears, on Saturday afternoon, at 2:00 p.m.