Cowgirl Basketball Earns Eighth Win of the Season

Dec. 19, 2005

LOGAN, Utah -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (8-1 overall) pulled out a double-figure win, 73-59 against the Utah State Aggies (1-7 overall) on Monday night in Logan.

"We try to convince our players that playing on the road presents several challenges," said head coach Joe Legerski. "I thought Utah State played very well tonight, but once again it was a team effort. We talk about this all the time that you may be called upon at anytime, you have to stay sharp and in the ball game. I thought Alysia Kraft really stepped up big tonight. She came in, hit a big three and really stepped it up defensively."

The Cowgirls were led by sophomore Hanna Zavecz, who paced all scorers with 20 points. She also had seven rebounds, four assists, two blocked shots, while shooting 13-15 from the free throw line. Sophomore Jodi Bolerjack had 16 points and Megan McGuffey followed with 11. McGuffey led the way in rebounding with eight. Wyoming was 20-55 (.364) from the field, 11-26 (.423) from beyond the arc and 22-31 (.710) from the charity stripe.

Ali Marchant led the way for Utah State with 19 points followed by Taylor Richards with 15. The Aggies shot 19-45 (.422) from the field and 16-20 (.800) from the charity stripe.

The Aggies came out strong to begin the first half as they opened up a 9-2 advantage. Wyoming answered with two three-point field goals to pull within three, but Utah State hit a quick basket to go back up by five, 13-8. The Cowgirls started to get it together on the offensive end as they went on a 13-4 run to take their first lead of the game 21-17. Utah State continued to battle as well as they scored the next five of six to even things up at 22 all. Over the final five minutes the two teams played pretty even until the final minute when the Cowgirls scored five unanswered to take a 33-28 lead in to the locker room. Wyoming was led by at half by Hanna Zavecz who finished with eight points followed by Jodi Bolerjack with six. Utah State was led by Ali Marchant who had 11 points and seven rebounds.

Five quick points right out of the break by Wyoming put them up by double-figures, 38-28, but the Aggies went on an 8-3 run to close the gap to 41-36. After a basket by Megan McGuffey, Utah State had five unanswered to pull within two, 43-41. The Cowgirls responded with a couple of baskets to take their lead back up to six, but unfortunately Utah State went on a 9-0 run to regain a three point advantage, 50-47. A three-point field goal by Jodi Bolerjack pulled them even at 50 yet again until four free throws by Utah State gave them a four point lead, 54-50. Wyoming continued to battle and went on a 15-2 run to make it an eight point advantage, 65-57, while Utah State went almost four minutes without a basket. With free throws down the stretch, the Cowgirls would hold the Aggies to only one more field goal the remainder of the way to come away with the 73-59 win.

The Cowgirls will wrap up this three game road trip against the Weber State Wildcats, on Wednesday, Dec. 21, in Ogden. The game is set to begin at 7:00 p.m.