Dec. 17, 2005
CASPER, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (7-1 overall) won their fifth straight game with an impressive 75-39 victory over the Chadron State Eagles (1-9 overall, 0-3 in the RMAC) on Saturday at the Wyoming Shoot Out in Casper.
"It's really been a tough week with finals and a practice schedule that we're not used to," said head coach Joe Legerski. "When you do that you lose a little edge, and this is a game that we needed to be able to come in and play against someone different. I thought Jodi Bolerjack had good night. She's a great shooter, really stretches the zone and did a nice job. Hanna was the MVP and really got things going both on the offensive and defensive end."
The Cowgirls were led by sophomore Hanna Zavecz, who led all scorers with 17 points. She also had four rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocked shots. Sophomore Jodi Bolerjack had 14 points and Erin Hicks followed with eight. Rebecca Vanderjagt was the leading rebounder with five. Wyoming was 25-63 (.397) from the field, 11-35 (.314) from beyond the arc and 14-19 (.737) from the charity stripe.
Chadron State was led by Bec Kyba who had ten points followed by Whitney Campbell with eight. Campbell was the leading rebounder with seven. The Eagles were 14-44 (.318) from the field, 3-18 (.167) from beyond the arc, while committing 25 turnovers.
It took the two teams a few minutes to get going, but it would be the Cowgirls who took a 12-0 lead. Chadron State wouldn't score their first points until the 14 minute mark after two free throws by Chelsea DeHaven, and their first field goal came at 12:30 left in the half. With the score 14-5 in favor of UW, they would score the next eight of twelve to extend their lead to double-figures, 22-9. The Cowgirls defense really kicked it in defensively over the final five minutes as they closed out the half on a 14-4 run to take a 36-13 in to the locker room. At half, sophomore Hanna Zavecz led all scorers with ten, while Erin Hicks led the way with four rebounds. Wyoming shot 13-32 (.406) from the field and 4-5 (.800) from the free throw line. Chadron State was led by Bec Kyba with four points and Chelsea DeHaven had a team high four rebounds. The Eagles were 5-22 (.227) from the field and 0-8 (.000) from beyond the arc.
Chadron State hit a couple of baskets right out of the break to pull within 20, 38-18, but Wyoming answered with a 14-4 run to go up 52-22 with a little more than 13 minutes to go in the half. It didn't get much better as the Cowgirls continued to score at will and would wrap up a very decisive 75-39 win.
The Cowgirls will continue their road trip as they now travel to the state of Utah. They will face the Utah State Aggies, on Monday, Dec. 19, in Logan and the Weber State Wildcats, on Wednesday, Dec. 21, in Ogden. Both games are set to begin at 7:00 p.m.