Cowgirls Ride Size Advantage to Victory

The Cowgirls continued their winning ways in Casper on Saturday. Now if they could just fix their scheduling problem…

CASPER, Wyo. -- Scheduling hasn't been easy for the Cowgirls.

"We need somebody else to agree to play us," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "We're trying to get people here, but somebody has to say yes."

Texas Woman's University agreed—and paid the price.

Jodi Bolerjack and Hanna Zavecz scored 16 points each, and No. 24 Wyoming rolled over the Division II Pioneers 75-60 on Saturday at the Wyoming Shootout.

"I thought today was a great game for our fans," said Legerski, who saw his Cowgirls bounce back from a slow start to put up 41 first-period points.

Wyoming (9-1) did much of its damage in the paint, out-rebounding TWU (3-5) 29-11 in the first 20 minutes. Aubrey Vandiver pulled in eight first-period boards and finished the half with 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting. She scored five points during an early 9-0 run that put Wyoming up 14-6 with more than 14 minutes on the clock.

"Where we got beat was on the offensive boards," said TWU head coach Beth Jillson. "Night after night we are not playing giants like that, and it's the little things like that that came back and bit us in the butt."

The Pioneers jumped ahead of the Cowgirls 19-17 midway through the half before a pair of 3-pointers from Bolerjack highlighted an 18-4 Wyoming run that put the Cowgirls up 41-27 heading into the locker room.

"What ends up happening is there are mismatches all the time in a basketball game," Legerski said. "We had the size advantage today."

Wyoming out-rebounded the Pioneers 49-28 in the game, and four Cowgirls finished in double figures.

Rebecca Vanderjagt scored 12 points, and Vandiver added 12 points and 10 rebounds.

TWU was led by Renee Renz, who finished with a game-high 19 points. Jessica Durr added 18 points and eight rebounds for the Pioneers.

Vanderjagt scored five points to highlight an 11-0 run that gave Wyoming its biggest lead of the game at 55-33 with 12:14 remaining in the second half. The Pioneers cut it to 60-46 five minutes later, but that was as close as they would get.

"Rebecca Vanderjagt was big for us today," Legerski said. "She stepped up for a three-minute stretch and had a big effort, as well as Megan McGuffey."

McGuffey came off the bench to score seven points in the final seven minutes. She also finished with seven rebounds.

The Cowgirls have now won their first five games in front of a Wyoming crowd by an average of 16 points. They will return to Laramie to face Northern Colorado on Monday and Westminster College on Wednesday.

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