LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Junior guard Jordan Kelley finished two rebounds short of a triple-double and sophomore center Kaylie Rader recorded a career-high in points and rebounds to lead the Wyoming women's basketball team (6-6 overall, 1-1 MW) to a 36-point victory, 96-60, over the San José State Spartans (7-6, 1-1 MW) on Saturday afternoon in Laramie.
Three Cowgirls finished the night with double-doubles led by Rader. She recorded a career-high 20 points and ten rebounds while shooting 9-of-12 (.750) from the field. Kelley had a career-high 15 points and ten assists plus eight rebounds followed by senior forward Kayla Woodward with 15 points and a team-high 11 rebounds. Woodward moved into tenth place all-time in school history with 1,498 points. Junior guard Marquelle Dent finished with 19 points and seven assists while senior guard Kaitlyn Mileto added 17 points. Wyoming shot a conference high 37-of-71 (.521) from the field and 8-of-19 (.421) from beyond the arc while outrebounding the Spartans, 52-34.
"We got off to a good start today. When you are 5-6 and 0-1 in conference play and haven't won since Dec. 10 this was a big game," head coach Joe Legerski said. "I was a little more animated today and sensed the urgency for this game and wanted to make sure our players did as well. We had a great first half but I want to play at a pace that's best for us. We talked about it at half that we needed to do a better job at running our sets and get production out of several players. I felt we had that tonight from Kaylie (Rader) with 20 points and 10 rebounds, Marquelle with 19, Kaitlyn with 17 and Kayla with 15. Interestingly enough the glue was Jordan (Kelley), who stepped up with 15 points, ten assists and eight rebounds, and more importantly she likes contact. Games are more physical in conference play, you can't shy away from that which she doesn't and was important in this victory."
Senior guard Ta'Rae Cunnigan led the way with 13 points in her 23 minutes of play for the Spartans. Rachol West came in off the bench and added eight points while Rebecca Woodberry finished with a team-high seven rebounds. San José State shot 25-of-73 (.342) from the field and 6-of-21 (.286) from beyond the arc.
The Spartans came out with a little fire to begin the second half as they scored seven of the first eight points to close the gap to 29, 60-31. Started by a basket from Dent, the Cowgirls recorded eight straight to extend the lead back to 37, 68-31. After a field goal from Aniya Baker, Wyoming went on a 20-10 run to make it a 45-point advantage, 88-43, with 9:55 remaining in the game. San José State outscored the Cowgirls down the stretch but Wyoming came out on top with a 96-60 win.Dent hit the first basket for Wyoming to begin the game, but the Spartans scored five unanswered to take their first lead of the game, 5-2. Free throws and a field goal helped the Cowgirls regain a 6-5 advantage. After a basket by San José State made it 7-6, six points from Rader pulled Wyoming ahead by five, 12-7. The Spartans closed the gap to 13-11 scoring four of the next five points. Two straight baskets from Kelley sparked a 16-2 run from the Cowgirls to give them a double-digit lead, 29-13. A basket by Emily Vann ended a four minute scoreless stretch for San José State, which was followed up with another 13 straight by Wyoming to give it a 42-15 advantage. The half was closed out on a 17-9 run by the Cowgirls to take a 59-24 lead into the locker room.
Three Cowgirls finished in double-figures led by Woodward. She had 13 points and eight rebounds followed by Rader with 12 points and Kelley with a career high 11. Wyoming shot 21-of-37 (.568) from the field and 5-of-10 (.500) from beyond the arc. San Jose State was led by Woodberry with five points and West with three. The Spartans shot 10-of-38 (.263) from the field and 2-of -13 (.154) from three.
The Cowgirls will continue play at home on Wednesday against the Colorado State Rams. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT in the Arena-Auditorium.