Dec. 10, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (6-1 overall) extended their winning streak to four games with a 71-47 win over the Northern Colorado Bears (4-4 overall) on Saturday afternoon in Laramie. The Cowgirls 6-1 start equals their start from a year ago at this time.
"Our game plan coming in was to shut Northern Colorado down from the three point line, and limiting them to 1-9 from beyond the arc was a great defensive job by this team," said head coach Joe Legerski. "We knew as well that we needed to shoot the ball well from the outside. I think that the biggest difference in the ball game was the way we were able to defend the three point shot and step up and make some shots on the other end."
Four Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures, including sophomore Jodi Bolerjack. She recorded 17 points in her 27 minutes of play while shooting 6-10 (.600) from the field and 5-6 (.833) from the three-point line. Hanna Zavecz had 13 points followed by Michelle Taylor with 11 and Megan McGuffey with ten. McGuffey was the leading rebounder for Wyoming with eight. The Cowgirls were 27-63 (.429) from the field, 9-18 (.500) from beyond the arc and out rebounded the Bears, 40-28.
Northern Colorado was led by Danielle Hagen who had 13 points along with five rebounds. Dani Veal recorded ten points, while two players finished with seven. Cindy McCarroll was the Bears' leading rebounder with six. UNC shot 18-44 (.409) from the field, 1-9 (.111) from the three point line, but committed 18 turnovers.
Northern Colorado took an early 7-1 lead, while the Cowgirls really struggled on the offensive end in the early part of the game. Finally, a three-point field goal by Hanna Zavecz broke the drought, and UW went on an 11-6 run to take their first lead of the game, 15-13. They would extend it to a seven point advantage, 20-13, as the Bears went over five minutes without a basket. Over the next several minutes Wyoming would increase their lead to double-digits and took a 37-21 score in to the locker room. Sophomore Hanna Zavecz led all scorers with 11, while Megan McGuffey was the leading rebounder with five. Wyoming shot 13-32 (.406) from the field and 6-13 (.462) from beyond the arc. The Bears were led by Danielle Hagen with seven points. Northern Colorado was 8-22 (.364) from the field.
The Cowgirls stormed out in the second half and scored 14 unanswered to increase the lead to 30, 51-21, while Northern Colorado went over seven minutes without scoring. After two free throws by the Bears' Whitley Cox, Wyoming scored the next 9 of 13 to make the score, 60-27, their largest lead of the game. Despite being outscored 20-11 the remainder of the way, the Cowgirls would come away with a convincing 71-47 win.
Wyoming will be on the road this week as they travel to Casper to host the Wyoming Shoot-Out, on Saturday, Dec. 17. The Cowgirls welcome the Chadron State Eagles for a 1:00 p.m. tip.