Cowgirl Basketball Begins Regular Season Play

Nov. 18, 2005

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Third year head coach Joe Legerski and Wyoming basketball team will open up the 2005-06 regular season at home this week in Laramie. They welcome the Sacramento State Hornets, on Saturday, Nov. 19. The game will begin at 1:00 p.m. in the Arena Auditorium. The Cowgirls are also on the road as they travel to Boulder, Colo. to face the Colorado Buffaloes, on Monday, Nov. 21 at 6:00 p.m.

The Cowgirls went 2-0 in the early pre-season with exhibition game wins over Adams State, 62-36, and the Metro State Roadrunners, 60-31. They return three starters and nine letterwinners to a team that finished 16-12 overall and 7-7 in the Mountain West Conference. Wyoming also returns two All-Conference selections from a year ago in Erin Hicks and Hanna Zavecz. During her junior year, Hicks averaged 10.6 points and a team leading 7.5 rebounds, which helped her earn Honorable Mention All-MWC honors. Zavecz contributed 14.3 points and 6.4 rebounds in her first year with the Cowgirl team as she was a Second Team All-Conference selection in 2004-05.

Sacramento State is 1-0 in exhibition play with an 88-39 victory over Bethany College, and will play on Tuesday night before facing the Cowgirls. The Hornets return three starters and nine letterwinners to a team that went 8-20 overall and 4-10 in the Big Sky conference. They are led by returning starters Ashley Cadotte and Kim Sheehy. Cadotte averaged 6.5 points and 6.6 boards, while Sheehy finished with 8.7 points per game.

This will be the fourth meeting between the schools as Wyoming leads the series 3-0. The last time the two met was Jan. 8, 2005 in Sacramento, Calif. The Cowgirls came away with a 58-36 victory. The Hornets are coached by Dan Muscatell, who is in his third season with the program.

Colorado is 2-0 in exhibition play with wins over Colorado School of Mines, 55-28, and Regis, 73-62, and will open up regular season play on Friday, Nov. 18. They come in to this season with four returning starters and eight letterwinners from a team that went 9-19 overall and 2-14 in the Big 12 conference. The Buffaloes are led by junior Jasmina Ilic who averaged 10 points and 3.2 rebounds per contest last season.

This will be the 42nd meeting between the two schools. Colorado leads the series 32-9. The last time the two teams met was Dec. 1, 2004 in Laramie as the Cowgirls broke a 13-game losing streak against the Buffs with a 72-67 victory. CU is coached by Kathy McConnell-Miller who is in her first season with the program.