Wyoming Improves to 9-1

Dec. 21, 2005

OGDEN, Utah -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team ran their record to 9-1 overall after earning a 51-36 victory over the Weber State Wildcats (5-4 overall) on Wednesday night in Ogden.

"We went out with a defensive plan on how we were going to be able to handle this Weber State offense," said head coach Joe Legerski. `I thought we stepped up and really executed things on the offensive and defensive end. Overall, we had a great effort tonight."

The Cowgirls were led by sophomore Jodi Bolerjack who finished the game with 18 points, while shooting 6-11 from the field and 4-7 from beyond the arc. She was followed by Hanna Zavecz with 12 points and a team high eight rebounds. Wyoming shot 18-44 (.409) from the field and 10-11 (.909) from the charity stripe.

Weber State was led by Laura Porter with ten points, while Jenna Griffits was the leading rebounder with six. The Wildcats shot 14-43 (.326) from the field and 0-8 (.000) from beyond the arc.

It was very close in the early going as the two teams scored a combined 14 points through the first eight minutes of the half. Down 8-6, a three-point field goal by Erin Hicks gave the Cowgirls their first lead of the game, 9-8, which started a 9-2 run to give them a 15-10 advantage. Weber State would pull to within two, 15-13, but Wyoming answered back scoring the next 10 of 12 to extend their lead to double-figures, 25-15. The Wildcats struggled going over four minutes without a basket to close out the half as the Cowgirls took a 30-15 lead in the locker room.

Wyoming was led at halftime by Jodi Bolerjack who led all scorers with 13 followed by Hanna Zavecz with six. Zavecz was the leading rebounder with five. The Cowgirls were 11-24 (.458) from the field, while out rebounding the Wildcats 21-13. Weber State was led by Sara Tuomi and Tashina Taylor with four. WSU shot 7-25 (.280) from the field and 0-7 (.000) from beyond the arc.

Weber State scored their first points in over seven minutes out of the break from the free throw line as they went on a 9-2 run to pull within nine, 32-23. A basket by Hanna Zavecz put the Cowgirls back up by 11, 34-23, and then both teams went cold from the field going over three minutes without scoring. Wyoming would score five of the next seven to extend the lead back up to 16, 41-25, but the Wildcats hit a couple of baskets to make it 41-29. Once again, the Cowgirls responded with a 6-2 run to continue their double-figure lead, 47-31, and then would put on the defensive pressure. They would hold Weber State to just five points in the last four minutes to run away with the 51-36 victory.

The Cowgirls resume play after the break as they welcome the Idaho State Bengals, on Thursday, Dec. 29 in Laramie. The game is set to begin at 7:00 p.m.