LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) -- Hanna Zavecz didn't score a lot of points
for Wyoming Tuesday night against Colorado. She hit just three of
13 from the field, and two of six free throws.
But make no mistake -- it was Zavecz who beat the Buffaloes.
Zavecz finished with 10 points, four below her average -- and
game-highs of seven rebounds, five assists and four steals in
leading Wyoming (3-1) to a 68-49 victory over Colorado (2-2).
"We always refer to Hanna as being our safety blanket,"
Wyoming coach Joe Legerski said. "When she's on the floor,
everyone is more comfortable.
"Her shots are timely, and defensively she's always there."
Despite her cold shooting night, Zavecz' ability to penetrate
drew the Colorado defenders and opened the floor for the Wyoming's
shooters, Jodi Bolerjack and Justyna Podziemska, who each finished
with 18 points.
"Hanna opens things up -- that's what she does," Bolerjack
said. "If they don't guard her with two or three people, they're
not going to stop her. That draws defenders and opens us up."
The Cowgirls pulled away with an 11-1 run midway through the
second half. Megan McGuffey started the run with a pull-up jumper
from the baseline, Bolerjack hit a 3-pointer on a kick-out from
Zavecz, and McGuffey converted a conventional three-point play.
After Candace Rucker hit a free throw for Colorado, Bolerjack hit
another 3-pointer, again on a kick-out from Zavecz.
"I think they're just difficult to guard because of that motion
offense. I really like it," Colorado coach Kathy McConnell-Miller
It was Wyoming's third consecutive victory over the Buffaloes
(2-2), who still lead the series 32-11.
Bolerjack continued her hot streak from 3-point range, hitting
four of six tries. Last week, she was flawless from behind the arc,
hitting all six attempts at Northern Colorado and 4-of-4 at Kansas
"Everyone knows Jodi can shoot the ball, and Jody is growing
into a more mature player," Legerski said. "If it's not there,
she'll wait for her opportunities."
Jackie McFarland led Colorado with 22 points and seven rebounds.
"She's consistent -- scoring points, rebounding, she shows up,"
Miller said. "She's a great player."
McFarland almost single-handedly kept the Buffaloes in the game
early, scoring 14 of Colorado's 22 first-half points. But Wyoming
built a lead with a pair of short runs -- Bolerjack hit a 3-pointer
to start a 9-0 run midway through the first half that ended with
Wyoming up 20-11, and another Bolerjack 3-pointer sparked a 7-0 run
late in the half.
McGuffey finished with 14 points for Wyoming and Jasmina Ilic
scored 12 for Colorado.
Wyoming led 31-22 at halftime.