Jan. 12, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (12-3 overall, 1-1 MW) earned their first conference victory with a 92-41 win over the Nevada Wolf Pack (6-9 overall, 1-1 MW) on Saturday afternoon in Laramie. The 92 points is the most scored by a Cowgirl team since Jan. 18, 2012 when they defeated Air Force 98-36. The 41 points given up was the second lowest total all season by Wyoming.
"I thought a quick start for us in today's game was important after coming off a difficult loss," said head coach Joe Legerski. "You always wonder how your team is going to respond and this group came out and played at a high level. It became important tonight that we were able to play a number of players and execute at the level that we wanted to. Despite the score, we continued to strive to win each four minute segment. To be able to win both halves by the margin we did shows that we were successful in our execution."
Five Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures led by Kaitlyn Mileto. She finished with a team high 18 points plus five rebounds for the game. Kayla Woodward followed with 14 points and six boards while Ashley Sickles and Fallon Lewis each recorded 11 points. Chaundra Sewell also added 10 points. Lewis recorded her first double-double of her career with her 11 points and a career high 10 rebounds. Wyoming shot 36-72 (.500) from the field and 11-12 (.917) from the free throw line. They out rebounded the Wolf Pack 51-36 and outscored them 46-24 in the paint.
Nevada was led by Amber Smith who had a team high 12 points and four rebounds in her 25 minutes of play. Arielle Wideman had eight points and Mimi Mungedi recorded six. Danika Sharp had a team high six rebounds. The Wolf Pack shot 18-70 (.257) from the field and committed 12 turnovers.
"Fallon Lewis played exceptional tonight. I talked with her that she gave up a rebound when she got in the game and after that she grabbed everything. That's her competitiveness. I thought Marquelle Dent had a tremendous night with nine points and six assists plus Aubry Boehme had her best game as a Cowgirl. That's what we need off the bench."
The Cowgirls got on the scoreboard first with a layup from Chaundra Sewell. That would begin a 14-0 run from Wyoming, which included eight straight points from Kaitlyn Mileto, taking that lead into the first media timeout. Out of the break Ashley Sickles hit a shot to make it 16-0, but the Wolf Pack would finally get on the board with a basket by Emily Burns with 14:39 on the clock. Mileto hit another three-point field goal to give the Cowgirls a 19-2 advantage. Nevada responded with two straight baskets to close the gap to 13, 19-6, though the second media timeout. The lead would increase for Wyoming as they went on a 12-0 run to make it 31-6. Finally a free throw from Danika Sharp would end a three minute scoring drought for the Wolf Pack. The Cowgirls responded with by scoring 9 of 11 to give them a 31-point lead, 40-9. Nevada tried to cut into the lead by going on a 9-2 run to close the gap to 42-18 with 2:27 left in the half. UW scored the final six points to take a 48-18 lead headed into the locker room
Mileto led all scorers for the half with 13 while Sickles followed with nine and four rebounds. Kayla Woodward and Sewell each had eight points. Sewell finished with a team high seven rebounds. Wyoming shot 20-40 (.500) from the field and out rebounded the Wolf Pack 30-16. Nevada was led by Arielle Wideman with seven points. Emily Burns finished with a team high six rebounds. The Wolf Pack shot 8-37 (.216) from the field and 1-6 (.167) from beyond the arc.
The Cowgirls continued their strong offensive play as they opened up the second half on a 10-4 run to increase the lead to 36, 58-22. A field goal by Sharp would begin a small scoring run for Nevada to make it 62-29. Over the next four minute stretch, Wyoming scored ten unanswered to give them a 43-point lead, 72-29. Amber Smith would score a layup to end an almost four minute scoring drought for the Wolf Pack. The Cowgirls responded again with another nine straight points to increase the lead to 50, 81-31, with 8:46 left in the game. The two teams combined for 14 points over the next four minute stretch as Wyoming continued to hold onto the 88-38 advantage. There wasn't a lot of scoring in the final minutes of the game as the Cowgirls came away with the 92-41 win.
Wyoming will continue play at home as they hos the Fresno State Bulldogs, on Wednesday, Jan. 16. The game is set for 7:00 p.m. in Arena Auditorium. Live stats can be followed on www.gowyo.com.