Wyoming Uses Strong Second Half To Down SDSU Women's Hoops, 64-53
Jan. 28, 2006
SAN DIEGO - The San Diego State women's basketball team finished the first round of conference play Saturday with a 64-53 defeat to visiting Wyoming at Cox Arena. With the loss, the Aztecs fell to 3-15 overall and 0-8 in the Mountain West Conference, while the Cowgirls improved to 14-4 overall and 4-3 in league action.
SDSU redshirt sophomore Erin Jackson (Sparks, Nev.) recorded a career high in point for the third straight outing, tallying 16 on 6-for-10 shooting from the floor, and adding a season-best seven rebounds. Senior Michelle Strawberry (Corona, Calif.) reached double figures for the 15th time in 18 outings in 2005-06, scoring 12 points, while sophomore Shanna Demus (Palmdale, Calif.) finished the afternoon with nine points and a season-high nine rebounds and three steals.
The Aztecs began the game with a 7-0 deficit, but rallied to take the lead with a 12-2 run, capped by a Demus lay-up to go up by three at 12-9 at the 13:59 mark. The Cowgirls scored the next two baskets to put themselves back in front and later lead by a many as six points on two occasions, including at 22-16. SDSU responded to the deficit with three baskets by three different players as the game was tied at 22, 24 and 29, before the second of two Jackson free throws gave the Aztecs a 30-29 advantage heading into the locker room.
In the second half, Wyoming broke out of a 34-34 tied with a Megan McGuffey three-pointer to kick start what would turn into a 7-0 run, to put the visitor's ahead 44-37. The Aztecs got one of the points back with a Jackson free-throw, but the Cowgirls tagged on three more for their biggest lead of the game thus far at 48-38.
SDSU got to within seven on three occasions, including as late as 56-49 with under five minutes remaining, but missed eight of its last nine shots from the field, eventually falling by an 11-point margin at 64-53.
The Aztecs outrebounded the Cowgirls 37-30, including a 16-7 margin on the offensive glass, but Wyoming shot 52.2 percent from the field in the second half, compared to the home team's 28.6 shooting percentage.
McGuffey scored a team-best 17 points off the bench, while Jodi Bolerjack chipped in 16 points. SDSU limited the Cowgirls' leading scorer, forward Hanna Zavecz, to just four points, over 10 below her season average of 14.2.
SDSU has a bye next Wednesday, before playing host to Colorado State on Saturday, beginning at 2 p.m. at Cox Arena. The Rams won the two schools' earlier meeting this season by a three-point margin, but the Aztecs own a 10-3 advantage in the all-time series in games played in San Diego.