Cowgirls Win Big Over Vandals

Dec. 28, 2006

MISSOULA, Mont. -

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After an 11-day lay off, the Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball team (9-2 overall) resumed non-conference play on Thursday night in the opening game of the 27th Lady Griz Holiday Classic. UW earned a 23-point win, 68-45, over the Idaho Vandals (3-7 overall) in Missoula.

The Cowgirls will now play tomorrow night at 7 p.m. in the championship game of the Lady Griz Holiday Classic against the winner of the Canisius-Montana game which is being played at 7 p.m. on Thursday night.

"I was happy with our play tonight. I thought we did a nice job of post side help," said Wyoming head coach Joe Legerski. "We also did a nice job of sharing the ball and a few more players were in the scoring column which was a good sign. It was also nice to see Hanna with 11 rebounds, two blocks and two assists after she hasn't played in a while. Then Jodi Bolerjack really lit it up. When you have that kind of threat it really helps out."

Wyoming had three players in double-figures including junior Jodi Bolerjack. She recorded 23 points and two assists in her 39 minutes of play. Sophomore Elisabeth Dissen followed with a career high 13 points and nine rebounds, and junior Justyna Podziemska scored 13 as well. Junior Hanna Zavecz had a season high 11 rebounds. As a team, the Cowgirls shot 28-58 (.483) for the field and out rebounded Idaho 37-20.

The Vandals were led by Katie Madison with 21 points and six rebounds. She was followed by Sara Dennehy with nine points and Lindsey Koppen with eight. They were 10-21 (.395) from the field and 8-10 (.800) from the free throw line.

Idaho hit the first basket early in the game, then the Cowgirls answered with an 8-2 scoring run to take a four-point lead, 8-4. Four straight points by the Vandals brought them even at eight all, but Wyoming hit a free throw and a three point field goal helped them regain a 12-8 lead. Idaho pulled to within one, 12-11, as Wyoming responded with ten unanswered to extend the lead back to 11 points, 22-11. The Vandals struggled on the offensive end as they went over four minutes before a Madison basket broke the scoring drought. With 6:55 remaining in the half, the Cowgirls scored 10 of 14 to make their lead 15, 32-17. Idaho would close out the half on a 10-4 run to make the score 36-27 in favor of Wyoming heading in to the locker room.

At the half, Bolerjack led all scorers with 16 points followed by Podziemska with 11. Dissen and Zavecz finished the half with seven rebounds each as well for the Cowgirls. Wyoming shot 14-31 (.452) from the field, 7-16 (.438) from beyond the arc and out rebounded the Vandals 21-8. Idaho was led in scoring by Madison with ten followed by Dennehy with nine. Three players had two rebounds each. They were 10-21 (.476) from the field and 5-6 (.833) from the free throw line.

Out of the halftime break, Wyoming ran off eight of ten points to take a 44-29 lead through the first five minutes of the half. A three-point field goal by Koppen broke a five minute scoring drought by the Vandals, but the Cowgirls responded with a 10-2 run to extend their advantage to 20 points, 54-34, with 9:39 minutes remaining in the game. Wyoming then went a little cold as Idaho scored six of eight to make it 56-40. It was never close after that as the Cowgirls held the Vandals to only five points the remainder of the way out scoring them 12-5 to win the game 68-45.