BOISE, Idaho -
Behind a season-high 24 points from senior Kayla Woodward, the Wyoming women's basketball team (7-7 overall, 2-2 MW) earned its first conference road win, 64-59, over the Boise State Broncos (10-4 overall, 2-1 MW) on Saturday afternoon in Boise. It's the first time in the series history that the road team has come away with a victory.
Woodward led the way with 24 points while adding seven rebounds and shooting 8-of-16 from the field and 5-of-6 from the free throw line. Senior Kaitlyn Mileto added 15 points followed by Jordan Kelley with another double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Senior forward Jordan Sibrel recorded a career-high 11 rebounds. The Cowgirls shot 21-of-54 (.389) from the field and 15-of-24 (.625) from the free throw line while outrebounding the Broncos, 41-37.
"We've been close in several games this season and I knew it was a matter of time that we made some shots down the stretch," head coach Joe Legerski said. "I thought Kayla was big in the last few moments and throughout the game, while Kaitlyn got us off to a great start to begin the game with her shots from three. The game was physical and Jordan (Sibrel) with 11 rebounds and Jordan (Kelley) with a double-double made a big basket in the last minute were tough. Marquelle controlled the tempo of the game, had a big defensive play down the stretch and made two big free throws. A number of big plays were made today, but the steal by her was big at that time."
Senior forward Deanna Weaver finished with 20 points and seven rebounds to lead the way for Boise State. Center Miquelle Askew added 13 points along with seven rebounds. The Broncos were 21-of-60 (.350) from the field and 12-of-17 (.706) from the charity stripe.
Two early three-point field goals by Shaw and Weaver put the Broncos up by one, 30-29. Wyoming responded with a 6-0 run to pull ahead by five, 35-30. An 8-1 run from Boise State made it a two-point contest, 38-36, while a Woodward field finally ended a three minute scoring drought by the Cowgirls. Over the next couple of minutes, the teams traded scores until four points by the Broncos gave them a 46-43 lead. A basket by Jasmine Davis started a 6-0 run to push the Cowgirls up by three, 49-46. Boise State came back with five straight points to go up two, 51-49, with 6:48 left in the game. A Dent basket tied it up at 51 and the game would go down to the wire. The Broncos gained a three-point lead, 55-52, capped off by two Keiahnna Engel free throws. The Cowgirls responded with four straight baskets to make it a five-point game, 60-55, with 37 seconds left in the game. Two free throws by Askew pulled Boise State to within three, 60-57, but Dent hit two free shots to get the score back to five, 62-57. Shalen Shaw hit a basket but couldn't complete the three-point play. Free throws by Woodward with nine seconds remaining sealed the 64-59 win for the Cowgirls.
The Cowgirls struggled out of the gate with three early turnovers as the Broncos went up 2-0. Wyoming responded with two Mileto three's and a Kelly basket to go up 8-4 through the first media timeout. Over the next four-minute stretch, the teams played fairly even as Boise State pulled to within two, 13-11. A three by Reinhart gave the Broncos a one-point lead, 14-13, but Wyoming responded with an 8-1 run to regain the 21-15 advantage. Boise State answered back with six straight to make it 22-21. Started by a three by Woodward, the Cowgirls closed out the half scoring eight of ten to take a 29-24 lead into the locker room.
Mileto led the way with a team-high 13 points with four three-point field goals. Woodward followed with eight points followed by Kelley with six points and five rebounds. Sibrel led the way with seven rebounds for the half. Wyoming shot 11-of-29 (.379) from the field, 6-of-12 (.500) from beyond the arc while outrebounding the Broncos, 22-18. Boise State was led by Weaver with ten points and Askew with five. Both players finished with three rebounds each. The Broncos shot 9-of-28 (.321) from the field and 2-of-5 (.400) from beyond the arc.
Wyoming will be out on the road on Wednesday against the San Diego State Aztecs. The game is set for 7 p.m. MT at Viejas Arena in San Diego.