24th Ranked Cowgirls Return Home for Two Non-Conference Match-Ups

Nov. 28, 2007

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Fresh off the first top-25 national ranking in school history, the Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball team will return home for two games this week. They will host the Montana Lady Griz, on Thursday, Nov. 29, and the Denver Pioneers, on Saturday, Dec. 1. The Montana game is set to tip off at 7 p.m., while the game against the Pioneers will begin at 2 p.m.

"It's nice to be back at home for a couple of games," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "We will be in a familiar environment and have the home crowd behind us."

Wyoming, ranked 24th in the ESPN/USA Today Poll and 25th in the Associated Press poll, is currently 4-0 overall after a 61-57 win over the Saint Louis Billikens and a one point overtime victory, 67-66, against the Wisconsin Badgers last week. The Cowgirls have won ten consecutive games and 15 of their last 16 games dating back to last season.Senior Justyna Podziemksa leads the way for the Cowgirls and is averaging 17 points and seven rebounds per game, which ranks second and eighth in the Mountain West Conference. She is followed by fellow senior Hanna Zavecz with 16.8 points, while sophomore Aubrey Vandiver is chipping in 12.3 points per game.

The Lady Griz are currently 3-2 overall and on a two-game winning streak. They are led by Mandy Morales who is averaging 19.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. She is followed by Sonya Rogers who is adding 15 points and 3.4 rebounds. They return all five starters and ten letterwinners to a team that went 27-4 overall and 15-1 in the Big Sky Conference a year ago. This is the tenth meeting between the two teams. Montana leads the series 7-2. These two teams met twice last season with Montana winning both meetings. The Lady Griz defeated the Cowgirls 70-59 in Missoula on November 30, 2006 and 79-72 on December 29, 2006 in the championship game of the Lady Griz Holiday Classic in Missoula. Montana is coached by Robin Selvig who is in his 30th season with the program.

"Montana is a very talented team. They've been very successful over the years and this game will be a big challenge for us," Legerski said.

The Pioneers are currently 1-2 overall and will play Colorado State on Wednesday night before facing the Cowgirls. They are led by Nnenna Akotaobi who is averaging 13 points and 4.7 rebounds a game. She is followed by Brooke Meyer who is adding 8.7 points and three rebounds. The Pioneers return four starters and 11 letterwinners to a team that went 20-11 overall and 12-6 in the Sun Belt Conference a year ago. This is the 15th meeting between the two teams. Wyoming holds the series record at 11-3. The last time these two teams met was December 5, 2005 as the Cowgirls came away with a 62-47 victory. Denver is coached by Pam Tanner who is in her 13th year with the program.

"Denver is another big game for us. They've played against some tough competition so far this season and will be ready to go on Saturday," added Legerski.

Both games will be streamed live on this site through Wyoming All-Access. Live stats will also be available for each game.