LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Five players reached double-figures in scoring as the Wyoming women's basketball team (10-11 overall, 5-6 MW) earned a 23-point win, 74-51, over the Air Force Falcons (2-21 overall, 1-11 MW) on Saturday afternoon in Laramie. The Cowgirls have now won three out of their last four games.
Senior guard Kaitlyn Mileto led the way with a game-high 18 points while shooting 4-of-8 from beyond the arc and 4-of-4 from the free throw line. Junior guard Jordan Kelley recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 boards while senior forward Kayla Woodward added 13 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore center Kaylie Rader recorded 11 points and five rebounds along with junior guard Marquelle Dent with ten points and six assists. Wyoming was 26-of-53 (.491) from the field and 17-of-23 (.739) from the charity stripe. The Cowgirls outrebounded Air Force 45-25, had 32 points in the paint and 18 points off the bench.
"I thought today's game was about balance in scoring and more importantly the way we executed defensively," head coach Joe Legerski said. "We knew going into the game we would switch one through five and at times would put Kaylie on a point guard. She did an excellent job, moved her feet and took away any three point shots. I felt she gave us a lift in the first half with her energy and what she did offensively. You take a look at Jordan (Kelley), I thought her second half was tremendous. She got to the glass, strong to the offensive boards and really did a tremendous job to come up with a double-double. The balance in the scoring went all the way around. Kayla with 13 points, Marquelle 10, Kaitlyn 18 along with Kaylie and Jordan. It was a total team and workman like effort."
Air Force was led by freshman guard Cortney Porter with a team-high 14 points and five assists. Senior guard Jimi Blagowsky followed with nine points and four rebounds while two other players added eight points each. The Falcons shot 22-of-60 (.367) from the field and 3-of-13 (.231) from three.
Six points out of the halftime break by the Cowgirls increased the lead to 24, 40-16. Air Force responded with a 6-0 run of its own to cut the deficit to 18, 40-22. Over the next couple of minutes the teams traded scores as Wyoming took a 47-29 lead into the first media timeout. Started by free throws from Mileto, the Cowgirls ran off 13 straight points to extend the lead to 31, 60-29. Blagowsky hit a shot to end a four-minute drought by the Falcons at the 11:04 mark. Over the next several minutes, Air Force would out score Wyoming, 12-6 to close the gap to 23, 66-43. The Cowgirls played solid defensively down the stretch as they held the Falcons to eight points in the final 5:50 to move onto the 74-51 victory.
Wyoming would get into the scoring column first with baskets from Mileto and Woodward. With 17:30 on the clock, Air Force responded with a basket and free throws to even up the score at four all. Started by a Mileto three, the Cowgirls scored the next 11 straight to take a double-digit lead, 15-4. Free throws by Christina Gamble ended a four-minute drought by the Falcons, but Wyoming scored 14 of the next 18 points to extend its advantage to 19, 29-10. Two field goals by Madeline Philpot would close the gap to 15, 29-14. The Cowgirls would take a 34-16 lead headed intothe locker room.
Woodward led all scorers with ten points and eight rebounds in the first half. Rader added nine points and three rebounds off the bench followed by Kelley and Mileto with five. The Cowgirls were 15-of-24 (.625) from the field, outrebounded the Falcons 21-11 and had 20 points in the paint. Air Force was led by Gamble with six points and two rebound s while Philpot added four points and a team-high three boards. The Falcons shot 6-of-27 (.222) from the field and 0-of-6 from beyond the arc.
Wyoming will play its second game of a two-game homestand on Wednesday as it welcomes the San Diego State Aztecs. The game is set for 7 p.m. MT at the Arena-Auditorium.