March 14, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team will open up the 2007 Women's National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) on Thursday, March 15, at 7:00 p.m. in the Arena Auditorium. It's the second year in a row and the fourth time in school history that the Cowgirls have made it in to the WNIT.
The WNIT game, presented by Laramie GM Auto Center, will match the Cowgirls against the Nevada Wolf Pack who finished the regular season 17-14 overall and 10-6 in the Western Athletic Conference.
The Cowgirls enter this week's competition with a regular season record of 21-9 overall and 11-5 in the MWC. They recently earned a first round win over San Diego State, 56-44, in the conference tournament, but fell to eventual champion New Mexico in the semi-finals, 65-53. They are led by Hanna Zavecz who is averaging 13.2 points, 3.6 assists and 1.6 steals per game. Junior Justyna Podziemska follows adding 12.7 points and a team leading 6.4 rebounds, while Jodi Bolerjack is chipping in 11.2 points. The Cowgirls are shooting 654-1574 (.416) from the field, 211-600 (.352) from beyond the arc and 416-552 (.754) from the free throw line.
Nevada is led by Dellena Criner, who is averaging 14.5 points and four rebounds per game. She is followed by Traci Graham who is adding 13.3 points and 3.5 boards per contest. They return all five starters and ten letterwinners to a team that went 13-17 overall and 8-8 in the Western Athletic Conference a year ago.
The Cowgirls and the Wolf Pack have met ten previous times including earlier this season. Wyoming leads the series 6-4. The last time the two teams met was Nov. 25, 2006 at the Coors Classic in Boulder when the Cowgirls defeated Nevada 80-71. They are coached by Kim Gervasoni who is in her fourth season with the program.
Tickets for the game are on sale HERE and in the Wyoming ticket office. Prices are $9.00 for adults, $5.00 for students and a youth. Also, the Cowboy Joe Club will be hosting a pre-game event which will run from 5:00-6:30 p.m. in the UniWyo Sports Complex. Members get in free while non-members will be charged $5.00 at the door. The food, which will be provided by Tommy Jack's, is also $5.00 for everyone.