LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) -- Wyoming coach Joe Legerski wasn't
discouraged when Jodi Bolerjack -- his No. 2 returning scorer --
missed her first five shots. He wasn't about to tell her to stop
Good thing, because she made her last three -- and they were big.
Hanna Zavecz scored 15 points, and Bolerjack had 10 of her 12 in
the second half to lead Wyoming to a 71-54 victory over San
Francisco in the season opener for both teams Sunday.
Bolerjack started cold -- first-game jitters, she said -- and had
only two free throws in the first half.
"Jodi is a shooter, and I keep telling her when you're a
shooter, you keep shooting," Legerski said. "You get in trouble
when you stop shooting."
The Cowgirls led most of the game, but Dominique Carter and
Nickie Warren shot San Francisco back into the game, scoring all of
the points in a 14-8 run to open the second half.
Carter hit an 18-foot jumper and back-to-back 3-pointers to pull
the Dons within 39-35, and Warren's reverse layup with 15:47 left
made it 39-37, the closest the Dons had been since the first 3
minutes of the game. After a Wyoming score, Carter's fast-break
basket made it 41-39, and Warren's jumper from the right wing tied
the score at 41 with 13:33 left.
"They were coming off screens, getting some open shots,"
Bolerjack said. "A lot of them were on the perimeter, and we just
weren't getting out on them."
But Wyoming answered with a 3-pointer from Bolerjack -- her first
field goal of the game -- and a basket and free throw from Dominique
Sisk to go up 47-41. The Cowgirls never trailed after that.
"I think I just got into a rhythm, got my feet under me and let
it fly," Bolerjack said.
San Francisco pulled within 47-45 when Warren scored off an
inbound play, but Bolerjack answered with two more 3-pointers, and
the Cowgirls began to pull away.
"That killed us, really," San Francisco coach Tanya Haave.
"There were some mental errors. We've got to do a better job of
keeping our concentration, and that's partly the coaching and
partly the players."
Justyna Podziemska scored 11 points for Wyoming, all in the
first half, and Megan McGuffey finished with 10.
Warren and Carter led the Dons with 18 and 16 points,
Wyoming used a 12-3 run early in the first half to build a lead.
Down 3-0 after Randi Richardson's 3-pointer, the Cowgirls got
3-pointers from Zavecz and Podziemska during the run, with
McGuffey's step-back jumper making it 12-3.
The Cowgirls led 33-27 at halftime.