RENO, Nev. -
Junior guard Marquelle Dent's 18 points and ten assists led the Wyoming women's basketball team (9-10 overall, 4-5 MW) to a second-straight win 61-45 over the Nevada Wolf Pack (6-13, 2-6 MW) on Saturday afternoon in Reno.
Three players finished the night in double-figures led by Marquelle Dent. She recorded her second double-double of her career with 18 points and ten assists. Senior guard Kaitlyn Mileto followed with 15 points while senior forward Kayla Woodward had ten points and ten boards. Junior Jordan Kelley finished with a team-high 12 rebounds. Wyoming was 23-of-64 (.359) from the field and 8-of-24 (.333) from beyond the arc. The Cowgirls had 26 points in the paint and 13 points off turnovers.
"Tonight, this team hung in there when we were down seven and finished on a 27-4 run. Kayla, Kaitlyn and Marquelle all made big shots during that stretch," head coach Joe Legerski. "More importantly the defensive play of Jordan Sibrel and Jordan Kelley was a big part of this victory. In the end, team was the MVP."
Emily Burns finished with 13 points and seven rebounds for Nevada. Kelsey Kaelin added ten points and seven rebounds. The Wolf Pack shot 16-of-58 (.276) from the field and 5-of-10 (.500) from the field.
Dent recorded a three-point play out of the break to tie the score at 28 all. The scoring went back and forth until a three by Burns gave the Wolf Pack a 35-32 lead. A field goal by Kaylie Rader pulled the Cowgirls to within one and had several opportunities to pull ahead. Unfortunately six straight points by Nevada pulled them ahead by seven, 41-34, with 12:07 left in the game. Started by a Natalie Baker basket, Wyoming went on an 18-2 run make it a nine-point game, 52-43. Aja Johnson hit a field goal to try and cut into the deficit, but a three by Dent extended the lead to double-figures, 55-45. The Cowgirls held the Wolf Pack scoreless the remainder of the way to come away with a 61-45 victory.
Nevada got on the board first with a three by Burns. The Cowgirls responded with eight unanswered to pull ahead 8-3. The Wolf Pack came back with a 7-2 run to pull even at ten through the first media timeout. Out of the break, two straight field goals pulled Nevada ahead by four, 14-10. A basket by Woodward would end a four-minute scoring drought followed by a field goal from Dent made it 14 all. Over the next stretch of the game, it went back and forth as it was tied up at 18 with 8:02 to go in the half. Following that both teams went cold going several minutes without scoring until a free throw by each broke the drought. With the score tied up 23, the Wolf Pack scored the next four straight to make it 27-23. Free throws by Kelley closed at the half as Wyoming trailed 27-25 going into the locker room.
Dent led all scorers for the Cowgirls with eight and five assists. Mileto followed with six points and Woodward with four. Kelley finished with a team high eight rebounds. Wyoming was 10-of-34 (.294) from the field and 2-of-10 (.200) from beyond the arc. Nevada was led by Burns with nine points and five rebounds. Kaelin added seven points. The Wolf Pack were 9-of-32 (.281) from the field and 6-of-10 (.600) from the free throw line.
Wyoming will return to the court on Wednesday night against the Colorado State Rams. The game is set for a 6 p.m. MT tip-off in Ft. Collins.