Cowgirls Cruise Past Rams in Border War

Wyoming made short work of Colorado State Wednesday night…

LARAMIE, Wyo. --It was a bit lopsided for a "Border War."

Then again, both coaches tried not to pay too much attention to the scoreboard.

Justyna Podziemska scored 19 points, Aubrey Vandiver added 17 and Hanna Zavecz chipped in 14 to help No. 24 Wyoming hand Colorado State a 68-46 thrashing in the 77th edition of the "Border War" Wednesday night.

But afterward, CSU head coach Jen Warden was more interested in her team's progress than its 0-13 conference record.

"We had some young freshmen and sophomores going up against juniors and seniors for 40 minutes," she said. "I am very pleased with how we got better and better as the game went along."

Wyoming head coach Joe Legerski didn't dwell on the game's uneven outcome either—but for different reasons.

"I don't coach to the score," he said. "I coach to the players that are on the floor."

And for nearly half of Wednesday's game, those players weren't starters.

The Cowgirls (23-4 overall, 11-3 MWC) opened the game with a 25-8 run that was capped by three straight 3-pointers. By halftime, Wyoming was ahead 32-14, and a 16-4 run to open the second period pushed the advantage to 48-16, allowing Legerski to give his backups valuable minutes down the stretch.

"We played defensively extremely well in the first half, and the second half was even when you take a look at the stats," Legerski said. "I'm happy with the amount of minutes the seniors played. When you look at the sheet and see Hanna (Zavecz) had 27 minutes, Justyna (Podziemska) has 25 minutes, Dominique (Sisk) 28, that's great numbers when I can get my players to play less than three-fourths of the game."

Wyoming never trailed in the game and led by 18 or more points throughout the second half. The Cowgirls have now won four straight since dropping three games in a two-week stretch earlier this year.

The Rams, meanwhile, fell to 2-24 overall and extended their losing streak to 17 games.

But regardless of opponents' records, Legerski said he is just pleased with the way his team is playing.

"The opponent is something we talk about, but we have to go out and execute like Wyoming does," he said. "We have to show up every night and compete as Wyoming."

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