Cowgirls Earn Win over Mountaineers in Casper

Dec. 9, 2006

CASPER, Wyo. -

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Despite going in to the locker room at halftime down three points, the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team moved to 7-2 overall with a 69-56 win against the Western State Mountaineers (3-5 overall), on Saturday afternoon, in Casper.

"I thought Western State came out with more toughness and played more aggressively in the first half," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "We needed to respond to that and I think we did a good job of that. I was really pleased with the play of Megan McGuffey. She found out shortly before the game that she was starting and that's a hard thing to step in when you are not expecting that. She answered by shooting 10-15 from the field, 6-6 from the three-point line, and she kept us close and in the game."

Three Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures, including guard Megan McGuffey. The sophomore from Cheyenne posted a career high 28 points and a season high six rebounds. She was 10-15 (.667) from the field and a perfect 6-6 (1.00) from beyond the arc. Dominique Sisk recorded 16 points followed by junior Justyna Podziemska with 13 points, ten rebounds and eight assists. Wyoming shot 24-52 (.462) from the field, while out rebounding WSU 33-31.

Liz Davies was the leading scorer for the Mountaineers with 16 followed by Stephanie Warnke and Audra Lawson with ten each. Lawson also finished with nine rebounds. Western State shot 20-51 (.392) from the field and 7-12 (.583) from beyond the arc.

Each team scored quickly in the first minute of the game, but then Western State went on a 10-3 scoring run to open up a 12-5 lead. Sisk hit a basket to pull the Cowgirls to within five, 12-7, unfortunately two quick baskets by the Mountaineers gave them a nine point advantage, 16-7. Wyoming responded by scoring six straight to make it a three point game, 16-13. Western State hit a free throw to break their scoring drought then the Cowgirls responded by scoring 10 of 15 to take the lead 23-22. The two teams traded baskets over the next several minutes as Western State would take a 34-31 lead in to the locker room.

Sisk led the way at the midway point for the Cowgirls with 11 points followed by McGuffey with ten. Podziemska led the way with a team high four rebounds. As a team, they were 12-29 (.414) but struggled shooting only 3-14 (.214) from beyond the arc. Davies led all scorers in the half with 14 points, while Lawson brought down five rebounds. The Mountaineers were 12-26 (.462) from the field and 5-8 (.625) from beyond the arc.

Out of the half time break, the Cowgirls scored five unanswered to take a two point lead, 36-34, unfortunately a three-point field goal by Western State put them back up 37-36. With the score tied at 40, the Mountaineers went on a 5-0 which would make it 45-40. Wyoming answered with two McGuffey three-point field goals and a Jodi Bolerjack basket to take their first lead since the first half, 48-45. Western State would go over five minutes with out a basket but did eventually battle back to pull even at 49 all. The Cowgirls responded with a 12-3 run to take a 61-52 lead with 5:12 remaining in the game. Then they played very determined on the defensive side of the ball as they held the Mountaineers to a field goal and two free throws the remainder of the way in route to a 69-56 victory.

The Cowgirls will resume play on Sunday, Dec. 17, as they host the Utah State Aggies. The game is set to begin at 2:00 p.m. at the Arena Auditorium in Laramie.