SAN JOSE, Calif. -
Marquelle Dent, Kaitlyn Mileto and Kayla Woodward combined for 59 points to lead the Wyoming women's basketball team (12-11 overall, 7-6 MW) to a 71-61 victory over the San José State Spartans (11-12 overall, 5-7 MW) on Saturday afternoon in San Jose. The Cowgirls have now won five out of the last six games and three in a row.
"I'm very happy with a win. We came here a year ago and came up short. San José State is like everyone else that you play better at home," head coach Joe Legerski said. "We always talk about road breakthroughs and what was big tonight that Kayla and Kaitlyn hit threes against the zone. At the end of the game, we have some work to do in certain situations especially when the momentum started going the Spartans way. The lead kept going down and then we talked about hanging in there, making a play and Jordan Sibrel's charge was a huge play."
Dent finished her night with a team-high 24 points, seven assists and four steals in 39 minutes of play. Woodward recorded her eighth double-double of the season with 20 points and a team-high 11 rebounds followed by Mileto with 15 assists. Senior Jordan Sibrel also added ten rebounds. As a team, Wyoming shot 22-of-60 (.367) from the field and 11-of-29 (.379) from beyond the arc.
The Spartans were led by Riana Byrd with 15 points and a game-high 16 rebounds. Ta'Rea Cunnigan added 12 points followed by Rachol West with 11 points. San José State shot 23-of-75 (.307) from the field and 8-of-10 (.800) from the free throw line.
Wyoming increased the lead to 21, 49-28, out of the break with a 16-3 scoring run. The Spartans scored the next seven of the next nine points to close the gap, 51-35. Back-to-back threes by Dent and Woodward ended a four-minute scoreless stretch for Wyoming and extended the lead back to 22, 57-35. San José State responded with a 12-5 run of its own to close the deficit to 15, 62-47 with left in the game. Free throws by the Cowgirls ended the run as the Cowgirls continued to hold a 67-52 advantage. The Spartans made a charge over the next two-minutes scoring nine straight to close the gap to six, 67-61 with 42 seconds left in the game. Free throws by Mileto and a basket by Dent helped Wyoming hold onto the 71-61 victory.
San José State got it going early with two quick baskets making it 4-0. Dent got the Cowgirls in the scoring column followed by a Mileto three to give Wyoming its first lead, 5-4, which was extended to three, 9-6. The Spartans answered with seven straight points to give them a 13-9 advantage. A three point field goal by Mileto ended a six-minute scoring drought and began a 20-7 run over the next five minutes to put the Cowgirls up by nine, 29-20. Out of the media timeout, San José State scored two field goals to pull within four, 29-25. Wyoming closed out the final minute of the half with four points to take a 33-25 lead into the locker room.
Dent led all scorers with 13 points and four assists. Mileto followed with eight points and Woodward with seven while Rader brought down a team-high six boards. The Cowgirls were 10-of-27 (.370) from the field and 4-of-14 (.286) from beyond the arc. The Spartans were led by Cunnigan with seven points and three rebounds. West and Harris each had five points. San Jose State was 11-of-41 (.268) from the field and outrebounded the Cowgirls by one, 25-24.
The Cowgirls will return home for the only game of the week on Wednesday as they host the Nevada Wolf Pack. The game is set for 7 p.m. Mountain Time in the Arena-Auditorium.