Nov. 6, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball team will play their final exhibition game on Wednesday, Nov. 7, as they host the Colorado State-Pueblo ThunderWolves. They will also open up the regular season this week, on Friday, Nov. 9, against the Idaho State Bengals. Both games are set for 7 p.m. in the Arena Auditorium. Friday's game will also be the unveiling of Wyoming's 2007 WNIT Postseason Championship banner.
Prices for the games are $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for children (ages three through 18). Students with their I.D. card can get in the game for free. For more information, please call the UW Ticket Office at 800-922-9461 or 307-766-4850.
Wyoming opened up the exhibition season with a convincing 94-47 victory over the Chadron State Eagles last Friday night. They were led by sophomore Aubrey Vandiver who had a team high 14 points and seven rebounds in 17 minutes of play. Newcomer Hillary Carlson followed with 13 points and three rebounds.
The Cowgirls return all five starters and ten letterwinners to a team that finished with a program best 27-9 overall record, 11-5 in the MWC and a WNIT Postseason Championship. Wyoming also returns two All-Conference selections from a year ago in Justyna Podziemska and Hanna Zavecz, while Podziemska also earned Newcomer of the Year honors. During last season, Zavecz averaged a team leading 13.9 points, 3.8 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.4 blocks per game. Zavecz contributed a team leading 6.5 rebounds, while adding 13.1 points and three assists. Other key contributors back for the Cowgirls are Jodi Bolerjack, Elisabeth Dissen, Megan McGuffey, Dominique Sisk, Rebecca Vanderjagt and Aubrey Vandiver.
The ThunderWolves are 0-2 so far in exhibition play with 58-43 loss against Denver and a 58-42 loss against Colorado State. They return three starters and eleven letterwinners to a team that went 17-10 overall and 13-5 in the RMAC a year ago. This is the first meeting ever between the two programs. The ThunderWolves are coached by Kip Drown who is in his third season with the program and his 23rd as a head coach.
This will also be the regular season opener for the Bengals who went 1-0 in exhibition play. They return four starters and eight letterwinners to a team that went 17-14 overall and 11-5 in the Big Sky Conference a year ago. This is the 22nd meeting between the two teams. Wyoming leads the series 16-5. The last time the two teams met was November 28, 2006 as the Cowgirls defeated the Bengals 79-58 in Pocatello. Idaho State is coached by Jon Newlee who is in his sixth season with the program.