March 3, 2006
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
In their final regular season game of the year, the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team will host the 17th ranked Utah Utes, on Saturday, March 4. The game is set to begin at 2:00 p.m. in the Arena Auditorium. It's the third time in five games that the Cowgirls have played a team in the Top 25. Before Saturday's game three Cowgirl seniors will also be recognized in the final home game of their UW careers: Lorissa Ewing, Erin Hicks and Michelle Taylor.
The Cowgirls, who are currently receiving votes in the AP poll, are 20-6 overall and 10-5 in MWC play after a 78-45 win over San Diego State on Thursday. Wyoming is led in scoring and rebounding by sophomore Hanna Zavecz who is averaging 14 points and 6.2 rebounds along with 3.9 assists and 2.3 steals per game. She is followed by Jodi Bolerjack with 13 points per game and Hicks with 8.9 points per game. Wyoming is shooting 539-1382 (.390) from the field and 347-491 (.707) from the free throw line so far this season. They are also ranked fourth in the country in turnovers with 12.8 a game and 12th in scoring defense giving up just 54.5 points a contest.
The Utes are currently 20-6 overall and 11-4 in the MWC, while being ranked 17th in the AP poll and 22nd in the USA Today/ESPN Coach's poll. Utah is led by Kim Smith who is averaging 19.7 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. They come in to this season with four returning starters and nine letterwinners from a team that went 26-8 overall and 12-2 in the MWC a year ago.
This will be the 59th meeting between the two schools. Utah leads the series 52-6. The last time the two teams met was Feb. 2, 2006 as the Utes defeated the Cowgirls, 55-47, in Salt Lake City. The Utes are coached by Elaine Elliott who is in her 23rd season with the program.
A quick note that faculty and staff are eligible to purchase two $3 tickets (normally $7.00 each) for the Saturday, March 4th Cowgirls vs. Utah basketball game by showing your ID at the Union Ticket Counter or the UW Ticket Office. Tickets must be purchased prior to the close of business Friday, March 3rd.
Also, you are invited to attend a Fan Appreciation Day prior to the game in the Rochelle Athletics Center. Food and beverages are compliments of the Cowboy Joe Club. The reception starts at noon on Saturday, March 4 and will be followed by the Cowgirls vs. Utah game at 2 p.m.