Cowgirl Basketball Looks to Rebound from First Loss

Dec. 7, 2007

LARAMIE, Wyo. - Following their first loss of the season, the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team will look to rebound as they open the Iowa Hawkeye Challenge against Saint Joseph's at 3:30 p.m. (MT) in Iowa City, Iowa.

The Cowgirls (6-1 overall) entered the week as the 21st ranked team in the nation but dropped their first game of the season on the road at Colorado last Wednesday, 55-69. That loss ended a 12 game winning streak that began with the Cowgirls run to the 2007 WNIT Championship.

This season, the Cowgirls are led in scoring by senior Hanna Zavecz who is averaging 16.1 points a game. She is followed by senior Justyna Podziemska (14.6 ppg) and sophomore Aubrey Vandiver (13.0 ppg). Vandiver leads the team in rebounding with 7.3 rebounds per game and Zavecz leads the team in assists with 4.9 assists a game.

This weekend, Zavecz could also move up in the Cowgirl top-ten career lists in numerous categories this weekend: points, assists, field goals made, field goals attempted, rebounds, blocked shots, free throws made and steals. Highlighting her possible escalation in UW's record books would be moving into eighth place on the career point list. She currently ranks ninth with 1,417 career points and needs just eight points to tie Ashley Elliott (2002-05) on the list. Zavecz also could move into second place on the all-time free throws list with six more made free throws and pass Carrie Bacon (1999-2003).

The Saint Joseph's Hawks are currently 5-3 overall. They are led by Tamisha Gomez who is averaging 11.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. This is the first meeting ever between the two teams. SJU is coached by Cindy Griffin who is in her sixth season with the program.

In their second round game, the Cowgirls will take on either Iowa or Northern Illinois on Sunday.

The Hawkeyes are currently 5-3 overall and are led by Kristi Smith who is averaging 12.4 points and 3.25 assists per game. This would be the fourth ever meeting between the two teams. Iowa holds the series record 2-1. The last time the two teams met was November 25, 1988. Iowa is coached by Lisa Bluder who is in her eighth season with the program.

The Northern Illinois Huskies are 2-5 overall this season and are led by Kylie York who is averaging 13.3 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. This would be the first meeting ever between the two teams. NIU is coached by Carol Owens who is in her third season with the program.