Dec. 19, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
In their final game before the holiday break, the 24th ranked Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team moved to 11-1 overall with a 73-35 victory over the Westminster College Griffins (12-3 overall) on Wednesday night in Laramie.
"This team has a great deal of character," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "They want to play well for themselves, for me and for our fans. At times, we are just trying to set a tempo for the game. It always takes us a little while to get going, but in the second half we really stepped up. To hold them to 11 points in the second half was a great defensive effort. I was also happy to see Justyna (Podziemska) shoot the ball well tonight. She is a tremendous shooter."
Four players finished the game in double-figures for the Cowgirls led by Justyna Podziemska. She recorded a team high 20 points along with four rebounds and four assists. Jodi Bolerjack followed with 13 while Hillary Carlson had a career high 12 points and Megan McGuffey chipped in 11. Wyoming shot 29-60 (.483) from the field and 9-26 (.346) from beyond the arc.
Westminster was led by Shannon Evans who had a game high 18 points. Alexis Tucker had seven points and a team high seven rebounds. The Griffins shot 14-51 (.275) from the field, but committed 18 turnovers.
The Cowgirls would take an early 5-2 lead in the first half, which was answered with a 6-2 run by the Griffins to give them their first lead of the game 8-7. Podziemska would score the next seven points to put them back up 14-12. A three point play by Hanna Zavecz extended the lead to five, 17-12, through the first media time out. Over the next several minutes, the two teams traded baskets until a 5-0 run gave Wyoming a double-figure advantage, 27-17. After a basket and free throw by the Griffins, UW responded with ten straight points which made it 37-20. A Janae Hirschi basket would end a three minute drought by Westminster College as the Cowgirls took a 39-24 lead in to the locker room.
Podziemska led all scorers with ten at the half followed by Zavecz with seven and Bolerjack with six. As a team, they were 15-31 (.484) from the field and 4-4 (1.00) from the free throw line.
At halftime Evans led the way for the Griffins with eight points, while Tucker added six. They were 11-27 (.407) from the field and 1-8 (.125) from beyond the arc.
Westminster scored a free throw out of the break but the Cowgirls answered with seven straight to make it 44-25. The Griffins finally scored a field goal at the 16:38 mark to make it 46-27. Their drought would continue as another 15-0 run over the next five minutes extended the lead to 34 points, 61-27, with 10:35 to go in the game. A free throw by Evans finally ended a nine minute scoreless streak to make the score 63-28. The game was never in jeopardy as the Cowgirls went on to the 73-35.
Wyoming will resume play on Thursday, January 3, against the San Francisco Dons. The game is set to tip off at 8:00 p.m MT in San Francisco, Calif.