Cowgirl Basketball To Continue Non-Conference Play

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Nov. 23, 2004

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team will return to the court after the Thanksgiving break by hosting two non-conference games over the weekend. They will face the Denver Pioneers, on Friday afternoon, and the Northern Iowa Panthers, on Sunday afternoon. Both games times are set for 2:00 p.m. in the Arena Auditorium.

The Cowgirls enter this weekend's competition with an early overall record of 1-1 with a victory over Colorado-Colorado Springs, 61-43, and a loss to the 19th ranked Kansas State Wildcats, 85-42. They are led by Erin Hicks, who is averaging 13 points and 4.5 steals per contest. Freshman Hanna Zavecz leads the team in rebounds with 7.5 per game. As a team, the Cowgirls are shooting 28-90 (.311) from the field and 38-54 (.722) from the charity stripe.

Denver comes in to the weekend with an 0-1 record with a loss on Sunday afternoon to the University of San Francisco, 62-59. They were led by guard Tasha Jones, who finished the game with 18 points in her 35 minutes of play. The Pioneers return four starters and seven letterwinners from a team that finished 14-15 overall and 6-9 in the Sun Belt Conference.

This will be the 14th meeting between the two schools as Wyoming leads the series 10-3. The last time the two teams met was Nov. 22, 2003 when Denver came away with a 62-39 victory over the Cowgirls.

Northern Iowa is currently 1-0 overall and will play Murray State and Northern Illinois before facing the Cowgirls. Their victory came against Illinois-Chicago, 72-58. They were led by Emily Berry, who finished the game with 16 points. The Panthers return four starters and 11 letterwinners from a team that went 12-17 overall and 7-11 in the Missouri Valley Conference a year ago.

This is only the fifth meeting between the two schools. Wyoming leads the series 3-1. The last time the two teams met was Dec. 10, 2003, when the Panthers defeated the Cowgirls 53-46 in Cedar Falls.