Jan. 31, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team will play two games in Mountain West Conference action this week. They will host the league leading Utah Utes, on Thursday, Feb. 1, and then head out on the road for a match up with the New Mexico Lobos, on Sunday, Feb. 4. The Utah game is set for a 7:00 p.m. tip off while the UNM game is set to begin at 1:00 p.m.
Wyoming is currently 14-5 overall and 5-2 in MWC play after wins over Colorado State and Air Force last week. They are led by Hanna Zavecz who is averaging 14.8 points, 3.9 assists and 1.6 steals per game. Junior forward Justyna Podziemska follows with 13.1 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists, while Jodi Bolerjack is adding 10.9 points. The Cowgirls are shooting 443-1030 (.430) from the field, 150-409 (.367) from beyond the arc and 238-306 (.778) from the free throw line. They currently rank first in the Mountain West Conference in three-point field goal percentage and free throw percentage.
The Utes are currently 14-6 overall and 7-0 in the Mountain West Conference. They are led by Morgan Warburton who is averaging 15.6 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. She is followed by Kalee Whipple who is adding 10.1 points and six boards a contest. They return two starters and eight letterwinners to a team that went 27-7 overall, 12-4 in the MWC, while making it to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight a year ago. The Cowgirls and the Utes have met 59 times previously in this series. Utah leads the series 53-6. The last time the two teams met was March 4, 2006. Utah won the game in overtime by a final of 69-67. Utah is coached by Elaine Elliott who is in her 24th season with the program.
New Mexico is currently 13-7 overall and 3-4 in MWC play and will play San Diego State before taking on the Cowgirls. They are led by Julie Briody who is averaging a team leading 15.9 points, while adding 5.1 rebounds per game. She is followed by Dionne Marsh who is adding 13.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. They return three starters and seven letterwinners to a team that went 22-10 overall and 11-5 in the Mountain West Conference a year ago. The Cowgirls and the Lobos have met 51 times previously in this series. New Mexico leads the series 30-21. The last time the two teams met was January 4, 2007 when the Cowgirls defeated the Lobos 54-51 in Laramie. They are coached by Don Flanagan, who is in his 12th season with the program.