Zavecz Leads Cowgirls Past Air Force

Wyoming's All-American candidate didn't have the hot hand against the Falcons on Saturday. She did just about everything else for the Cowgirls, though…

LARAMIE, Wyo. -- Hanna Zavecz continued to struggle shooting the ball.

But she found other ways of keeping the Falcons grounded.

Wyoming's All-American candidate complemented a nine-point scoring performance with 14 rebounds, three steals, two blocks and an assist as the Cowgirls dominated Air Force 60-32 on Saturday.

"Hanna can make special plays," UW head coach Joe Legerski said. "I know (she) wants to make some of her shots inside, and we're working through it. She's been in a slump, and she knows she's in a slump, but we're working every day."

Zavecz finished just 3-of-9 from the field and 0-of-2 from 3-point range, an area that has been especially problematic for the senior this season. After shooting 32 percent or better from long range each of the past three seasons, Zavecz is just 17-of-72 (23.6 percent) from beyond the arc in 2007-08.

But against Air Force, like she has on numerous occasions this season, Zavecz more than made up for her lack of scoring.

"I thought she made a play today that I would say only Hanna can make on this team," Legerski said. "She blocked a shot…pulled the block out of the air and threw it back in to a teammate. Only she can make that play."

She notched three steals and seven boards in just 13 minutes of play in the second half as the Cowgirls blew things wide open with a 16-0 run that gave them a 35-point lead.

She also helped hold the Falcons' leading scorer, Alecia Steele, to just six points—seven below her season average.

"We set our defense to be able to take certain players and try to make it difficult for them every night," Legerski said. "I thought we played well as a team. You take a look at it (and we had) 14 turnovers, and more importantly, we had seven steals.

"We were able to really get there and make things difficult for them to shoot."

Justyna Podziemska led Wyoming in scoring with 13 points, and Jodi Bolerjack added 10.

The Falcons scored the first four points of the game before Wyoming turned up the heat defensively, holding Air Force scoreless for more than 10 minutes while scoring 17 straight points.

AFA's Jamie Davis hit a 3-pointer to cut the Wyoming lead to 17-7 with 7:49 on the clock, but Zavecz scored six of the next 11 points to help push the Cowgirl advantage to 26-9. The teams traded baskets for the rest of the period, and Wyoming took a 33-16 lead into halftime.

The Cowgirls never led by less than 14 points throughout the second half. With the win, Wyoming improves to 20-4 overall and 8-3 in the Mountain West Conference. It marks the third time in as many seasons that the Cowgirls have won at least 20 games. They'll be back on the road on Wednesday to take on San Diego State.

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