Cowgirl Basketball to Open MWC Tournament Against Aztecs

March 6, 2007

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

MWC Tournament Central

For the first time in Mountain West Conference tournament history, the Wyoming women's basketball team will face the San Diego State Aztecs in the opening round of the 2007 MWC Women's Basketball Championships, on Wednesday, March 7, 2007, at 1 p.m. Mountain Time. The Cowgirls enter this week as the second seed, while the Aztecs are the seventh seed in the tournament.

Wyoming is currently 20-8 overall and 11-5 in MWC play after earning wins over Air Force and Utah last week. The second seed is the highest finish for a Cowgirl team since 1989-90 when they won the High Country Athletic Conference. They are led by Justyna Podziemska who is averaging a team leading 13.2 points and 6.5 rebounds, along with three assists and 1.2 steals. Junior forward Hanna Zavecz is adding 13 points and 4.8 rebounds, while Jodi Bolerjack is adding 11.4 points. The Cowgirls are shooting 620-1482 (.422) from the field, 204-575 (.355) from beyond the arc and 382-504 (.758) from the free throw line.

The Aztecs finished the regular season with a record of 12-15 overall and ended the conference season with a 5-11 mark for a seventh place finish. They are led by Quenese Davis who is averaging 9.6 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. Shanna Demus follows with 8.8 points and 4.1 boards per contest. They return three starters and six letterwinners to a team that went 3-24 overall and 0-16 in the MWC a year ago.

The Cowgirls and the Aztecs have met 31 times previously in this series. Wyoming leads the series 17-14 and has won the last 12 of 13 meetings between the two. The two teams split the regular season series with each team winning at home. SDSU is coached by Beth Burns who is in her tenth season.