Third Round of WNIT Awaits Cowgirl Basketball

March 21, 2007

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team will host their third straight game in the 2007 Women's National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) on Thursday, March 22, at 7 p.m. in the Arena Auditorium. This is the furthest a Cowgirl team has ever advanced in to postseason play.

The WNIT game, presented by Laramie GM Auto Center, will match the Cowgirls against the Oregon Ducks who finished the regular season 17-13 overall and 8-10 in the Pacific 10 Conference. They earned a 70-54 victory over UC Santa Barbara to advance to this game.

Buy your tickets in advance HERE, the Wyoming ticket office and the Brown and Gold Outlets in both Cheyenne and Laramie.

Prices are $9.00 for adults, $5.00 for students and youth.

The Cowboy Joe Club is also hosting a pre-game reception from 5-6:30 p.m. in the UniWyo Sports Complex and all fans are invited to attend. Admission and food is free to all Cowboy Joe Club members. There will be a $10 charge for non-members, which includes admission and food. All water and soda is free of charge. No alcoholic beverages will be served. Also, Thursday's game will be Gold Rush Night. Fans show your support for your Cowgirls by wearing a gold-colored shirt to the game.

The Cowgirls enter this week's competition with a regular season record of 23-9 overall after earning a first round win over the Nevada Wolf Pack, 84-56, and a second round win against the Missouri Tigers, 73-67, on Sunday afternoon. They are led by Hanna Zavecz who is averaging 13.5 points, 3.6 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Junior Justyna Podziemska follows adding 12.9 points and a team leading 6.4 rebounds, while Jodi Bolerjack is chipping in 11.6 points. The Cowgirls are shooting 701-1671 (.420) from the field, 228-628 (.363) from beyond the arc and 462-611 (.756) from the free throw line.

Oregon finished the regular season 17-13 overall and 8-10 in the Pacific 10 Conference. They are led by Eleanor Haring who is averaging 12.7 points and 5.1 rebounds. She is followed by Carolyn Ganes who is adding 9.8 points and four boards per contest. They return two starters and seven letter winners to a team that went 14-15 overall and 5-13 in the Pacific 10 Conference a year ago.

The Cowgirls and the Ducks have only met once in the series history. Oregon leads the series 1-0. The last time the two teams met was November 28, 1998 when the Ducks defeated Wyoming 63-33 in Eugene. They are coached by Bev Smith, who is in her sixth season with the program.