Cowgirls Close out Border War with Late Run

The Rams made things close for most of the game, but a pair of 3-point plays gave the Cowgirls a hard-fought win…

Ft. Collins, Colo. — The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (18-1 overall, 6-0 in the MWC) earned a 68-55 victory in "The Border War" against the Colorado State Rams (2-16 overall, 0-5 in MWC) on Saturday afternoon in Fort Collins.

Colorado State hung around until an 8-2 run, highlighted by two 3-point plays, pushed Wyoming's lead to double figures, 61-51, with three minutes remaining.

The game was never in question after that point as the Rams never got closer than eight points down the rest of the way.

"I'm extremely pleased with the effort tonight," said head coach Joe Legerski. "It was an unbelievable game and a great college atmosphere. I thought both teams competed for 40 minutes, played at an extremely high level and showed intensity. We were able to make a few more plays, got aggressive on the glass and did a nice job offensively in the second half."

Four players finished the game in double-figures led by Justyna Podziemska. She finished with 16 points along with four rebounds. Aubrey Vandiver finished with 14, while Hanna Zavecz added 13 points and Jodi Bolerjack had ten. Zavecz and Rebecca Vanderjagt each had a team high eight rebounds.

Colorado State was led by Britney Minor who finished with 13 points. Juanise Cornell and Amaka Uzomah each finished with 12 points. Uzomah finished with a game high 18 rebounds.

Colorado State started off the game strong, taking an early 13-6 lead. Wyoming scored the next eight of 10 to pull within one, 15-14, but the Rams knocked in three straight baskets to get the lead back to seven, 21-14. A Justyna Podziemska 3-point field goal started a 12-2 Wyoming run that gave the Cowgirls their first lead of the game at 26-23, but a 3-point play at the end of the half from CSU tied it up at 26.

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