9:00 PM ET, November 21, 2006
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 said.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 State."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.