Cowgirl Basketball Off to Montana and Sacramento State

Jan. 4, 2005

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team will continue non-conference play this week with another road trip. They will travel to Missoula, Montana to take on the Montana Lady Griz, on Thursday night, at 7:05 p.m. and then the Sacramento State Hornets, on Saturday afternoon, in Sacramento, Calif. at 3:00 p.m.

The Cowgirls enter this week's competition with an overall record of 8-3 after a split last week against Boise State and Idaho State. Wyoming is currently led by senior Ashley Elliott, who is averaging 18.1 points and four assists per game. She is followed closely by Hanna Zavecz with 13.9 points and 7.3 rebounds and guard Erin Hicks with 11.7 points and a team leading 7.6 rebounds. As a team, they are shooting 230-597 (.385) from the field and 150-205 (.732) from the charity stripe, while averaging 62.8 points per game.

Montana comes in to the week with a 6-4 record overall and will face the Utah Utes before taking on the Cowgirls. The Lady Griz are led by Hollie Tyler, who is averaging 15.1 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. They return three starters and eight letterwinners to a team that finished 27-5 overall and 14-0 in the Big Sky Conference a year ago.

This will be the fifth meeting between the two schools as Montana leads the series 4-1. The last time the two teams met was March 21, 2003 when the Cowgirls defeated the Lady Griz 76-74 in overtime.

Sacramento State comes in to the week with a 4-7 mark overall after falling to Gonzaga, 71-56, on Monday night. The Hornets are led by Tyeisha Brown, who is averaging 10.8 points and four rebounds per game. They return two starters and five letterwinners to a team that finished 1-26 overall and 1-13 in the Big Sky Conference last year.

The will be only the third meeting between the two schools as Wyoming leads the series 2-0. The last time the two teams met was Nov. 18, 2001 when the Cowgirls defeated the Hornets 101-47 in Laramie.