Dec. 30, 2004
Pocatello, Idaho -- The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team wrapped up their road trip with a split after a 65-54 victory over the Idaho State Bengals on Thursday night in Pocatello. Wyoming moves to 8-3 overall while the Idaho State drops to 4-7 overall.
The Cowgirls struck first in the early going with an Ashley Elliott three-point field goal but the Bengals scored the next three of four to even things up at four all. Wyoming answered back with a 13-6 scoring run to open a seven point advantage which was extended to nine, 22-13. Idaho State continued to battle and rallied with seven of the next eleven points to pull within six, 26-20, but the Cowgirls held the Bengals to only two points in the final four minutes of the half to take a 31-22 lead in to the break.
Senior Ashley Elliott led all scorers with 12 points, followed by Hanna Zavecz with seven and Jodi Bolerjack with five. Kristen Lenhardt was the leading rebounder with six. The Cowgirls were 11-31 (.355) from the field, while out rebounding the Bengals 23-14.
Idaho State was led by Natalie Doma with eight points, while Molly Hays brought down four rebounds to lead the way. The Bengals shot 7-24 (.292) from the field and 1-7 (.143) from beyond the arc.
It was all Wyoming to begin the second half as they opened up with a 10-3 run to take their largest lead of the game, 41-25, while the Bengals struggled offensively as they managed to scored six points in the first nine minutes. With the Cowgirls still leading by double-digits and about ten minutes left to go, Idaho State wouldn't give up as they out scored UW 17-6 over a five minute period to pull within two, 50-48. A Hanna Zavecz layup put Wyoming up by four again, but Idaho State's Molly Hays hit a bucket to again bring them to within two. Finally, a three-point field goal by Ashley Elliott with four minutes remaining in the game shifted the momentum towards the Cowgirls as they out scored the Bengals 10-4 the remainder of the way to win 65-54.
"It was a hard fought victory tonight," said head coach Joe Legerski. "We knew coming in to the game tonight that Idaho State would make runs. They've never been out of any of their games, and they keep fighting back. Sure enough that happened, but we kept answering and really grew up as a group tonight."
Two Cowgirls finished the night in double-digits including Ashley Elliott. She finished her night with 28 points and seven rebounds, while shooting 6-10 (.600) from beyond the arc and a perfect 6-6 (1.00) from the free throw line. Elliott was followed by Hanna Zavecz who recorded 17 points along with a team high eight rebounds. As a team, Wyoming was 22-55 (.400) from the field and 13-16 (.813) from the free throw line.
"It was all about Ashley tonight," he added. "We realized that when they went in to a zone defense, she was going to get some opportunities to shoot the ball. For her to go 6-10 from the three-point line, have 28 points in 38 minutes was really impressive."
The Bengals were led by Natalie Doma, who finished with a team high 16 points, along with six rebounds. Forward Molly Hays brought down a team high 13 points and a team high seven rebounds. ISU was 18-52 (.346) from the field and 5-17 (.294) from the three-point line.
Wyoming will continue play on the road next week as they travel to Missoula to play the Montana Lady Griz, on Thursday, Jan. 6, and then on to Sacramento, Calif. to face the Sacramento State Hornets, on Saturday, Jan. 8.