Cowgirl Basketball Defeats Bears

Dec. 20, 2004

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GREELEY, Colo. (Dec. 17, 2004) -- The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team will enter the Christmas break with a 7-2 overall record after a 64-39 defeat of the Northern Colorado Bears, on Monday night, in Greeley. UNC drops to 2-8 overall on the season.

After a quick basket from Northern Colorado, the Cowgirls answered back with six straight points and the next nine of eleven to open up a 9-4 advantage. The Bears came back and responded with a 9-4 scoring run to even things up at 13 all. Wyoming quickly regained the lead with two Sara Hippen free throws, which was the beginning of 11 straight points by the Cowgirls and a double-digit lead, 24-13. UNC hit a little scoring drought as they went almost four minutes with out a basket. Unfortunately for Wyoming the scoreless bug hit them as they struggled on the offensive end going six minutes without a basket, which was finally broken by an Ashley Elliott layup. The Bears made a strong comeback during that time as they scored eight straight to pull within two, 24-22. Despite all of that, the Cowgirls still managed to take a one point lead, 26-25, in to the halftime break.

Senior Ashley Elliott led all scorers for the Cowgirls with ten points, followed by Dominique Sisk and Sara Hippen with six each. Forward Hanna Zavecz was the leading rebounder with six. As a team, Wyoming shot 8-25 (.320) from the field compared to 9-21 (.429) by the Bears. UNC was led by Jena Fosdick with nine points off the bench, while Kristen Van Orden brought down five rebounds.

The Cowgirls came out fired up out of the break as they scored seven straight points to regain a 33-25 advantage, while it took the Bears a couple of minutes in to the half to score. Northern Colorado finally got going and went on an 8-5 run to pull within five, 38-33, but Wyoming responded with 13 unanswered to regain a double-digit lead, 51-33. The Bears continued to struggle on the offensive end as they could only manage to score six points in eight minutes while the Cowgirls lead continued to grow. They would coast in the final minutes to a 64-39 victory.

Three Cowgirls finished the night in double-digits including guard Ashley Elliott. She finished with a team high 20 points, along with seven rebounds, five assists and five steals. Hanna Zavecz finished with 12 points and Dominique Sisk had a career high 11 points. Senior Erin Hicks led the team in rebounds with nine. Wyoming shot 23-55 (.418) from the field and 10-25 (.400) from beyond the arc.

"I will take the win tonight. It will make Christmas a lot nicer," said head coach Joe Legerski. "Coming in to this game, we knew that Northern Colorado does a good job of back cutting, and I thought that made us play a little differently. I thought to only give up 14 points in the second half really showed that we played well defensively in the second half."

The Cowgirls will be off until Tuesday, Dec. 28 when they travel to Boise, Idaho to take on the Boise State Broncos.