Cowgirl Seniors Get Win in Final Home Game

Hanna Zavecz played her final game in the Arena Auditorium Wednesday night. And she finished with her best numbers of the year…

LARAMIE, Wyo.—Senior Night has been kind to Wyoming in 2008.

Just four days after Brad Jones and Joseph Taylor combined to score 32 points in the final home game of their college careers, Wyoming fans watched arguably the most dominant Cowgirl in school history have her best performance of the year.

Hanna Zavecz scored a season-high 28 points, pulled down seven rebounds and dished out four assists to lead Wyoming to a 68-34 victory over BYU Wednesday night.

The senior scored 18 points in the second half and finished the game 9-of-16 from the field, including 4-of-7 from beyond the arc.

"I'm just really glad our team won," Zavecz said. "I don't think we could be happier at this stage."

With the win, Wyoming improved to 24-5 overall and 12-4 in Mountain West play. The 12 league victories mark a school record.

"It was a good performance," Wyoming head coach Joe Legerski said. "I thought we showed up with a great deal of emotion. That's usually the case on senior night. I thought we got out to a great start."

The Cowgirls made short work of the Cougars (13-14 overall, 7-8 MWC), hitting four straight 3-pointers during a 21-4 run that put Wyoming up 22-6 with 9:14 left in the period. BYU scored nine of the next 13 points to pull within 26-15, but the Cowgirls scored eight of the period's final 10 points to extend the lead to 34-17 at halftime.

Zavecz netted the first six Wyoming points in the second half and helped push the lead to 44-25 with a conventional three-point play midway through the period. She hit a two 3-pointers and added another three-point play seven minutes later to help give the Cowgirls a commanding 31-point advantage. BYU trailed by double digits throughout the second half and didn't have a single player score more than nine points in the game.

Zavecz's 28 points led all scorers in the game, but just like so many other occasions in her four-year career, she got some crucial help from her three senior teammates. Justyna Podziemska had 11 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a pair of steals in her final home game as a Cowgirl—the only one her parents, who were visiting from Poland, ever saw in person. Senior Dominique Sisk added 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting, and Jodi Bolerjack finished with eight points, six rebounds and three assists. Bolerjack also held BYU's leading scorer Mallary Carling to just four points.

"I am so happy for those four young women and the way they played tonight," Legerski said. "It was a tremendous way to finish at home.

"You need your seniors to do that."

Zavecz ranks in the top 10 in Wyoming history in 12 statistical categories, including second in free throws, assists, blocks, steals and games played.

"She's (Zavecz) been the one here from day one," Legerski said. "She was put into the starting lineup (as a freshman). She will have the most career starts in the history of the Wyoming basketball program.

"It is fitting for her to step up and go out on that note."

But while they won't be playing any more games in the Arena Auditorium, the Cowgirl seniors have a lot more basketball to play this year. The MWC tournament begins next week, and the chances of playing in the NCAA tournament after that are looking more probable with every win.

"You can never say it's definite until it's definite," Sisk said.

"We definitely want to take that next step," Zavecz added, "but…anything can happen."

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