LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Senior Kayla Woodward knocked down a career-high six three-point field goals to lead the Wyoming women's basketball team (13-11 overall, 8-6 MW) to its fourth-straight victory, 77-54, over the Nevada Wolf Pack (7-17 overall, 3-10 MW) on Wednesday night in Laramie.
Woodward finished the night with a season-high 26 points shooting 9-of-14 from the field and 6-of-6 from beyond the arc. The senior also moved into fifth place all-time in scoring passing former Cowgirl Carrie Bacon with 1,695. Marquelle Dent followed with 17 points and a game-high nine assists and four steals. Jordan Kelley added 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds while Kaitlyn Mileto finished with 12. As a team, Wyoming shot 28-of-53 (.528) from the field, including 13-of-24 (.542) in the second half, a season-high 11-of-16 (.688) from beyond the arc and 10-of-12 (.833) from the charity stripe. The Cowgirls outrebounded Nevada by one, 36-35, and recorded 26 points in the paint.
"Kayla had about as good a first half that I've had the privilege of coaching," head coach Joe Legerski said. "To come out, go 7-10 from the field, 6-6 from three and really moved well in getting herself open in the offensive sets. We know that she is at the top of most people's scouting reports and for her to get that accomplished says a great deal about her and how her teammates found her. In the second half, everyone really stepped up especially to shoot 54 percent. I thought Marquelle controlled the game, did things offensively, defensively and to have nine assists to one turnover. To have four players in double-figure scoring and defensively Jordan (Sibrel) was big in tonight's game. Overall, it was a great effort and I'm happy to go in to this extended break with a win."
Nevada was led by Nyasha Lesure with 11 points off the bench. Teige Zeller and Anna Cameron each added eight points while Mimi Mungedi had a team-high six rebounds. The Wolf Pack shot 21-of-59 (.356) from the field and 10-of-17 (.588) from the free throw line.
Out of the break, the Cowgirls increased the lead to 20, 48-28, by scoring 10 out of 14. After a basket by the Wolf Pack from Aja Johnson ended a three-minute scoring drought, a three from freshman Liv Roberts started an 8-1 run to make it a 25-point game, 56-31. A free throw by Mungedi stopped another scoreless stretch by Nevada. Kelley hit a basket to start a 13-5 scoring run to extend the lead to 32, 69-37. The Wyoming lead was never in jeopardy as the Cowgirls went on to the 77-54 victory.
Wyoming started out the game strong by scoring the first ten points to go ahead 10-0. The Wolf Pack got on the board with a Cameron basket at the 17:02 mark. Mungedi recorded a basket to pull within six, 10-4. Back to back three point field goals by Woodward would start an 11-2 run from the Cowgirls to extend the lead to double-figures, 21-6. A basket by Johnson would end a three-minute scoreless stretch by Nevada to make it 21-8 with 11:49 remaining. Over the next couple of minutes, both teams combined for just five points as the Cowgirls continued to lead 24-10. A small run from the Wolf Pack made it a ten-point contest, 24-14, but Wyoming scored seven of the next nine to pull back ahead by 15, 31-16. Wyoming would be outscored 8-5 the rest of the half still taking a 38-24 lead into the locker room.
Woodward recorded 20 points in the half including a career-high six three point field goals. Dent finished with nine followed by Kelley with five. Kelley also led the way with six rebounds. The Cowgirl shot 15-of-28 (.536) from the field and 7-of-9 (.778) from beyond the arc. Nevada was led by Lesure with five points, Cameron and Mungedi with four each. Mungedi led the way with four rebounds. The Wolf Pack shot 10-of-26 (.385) from the field.
Wyoming will be off until Wednesday, Feb. 25 against the Fresno State Bulldogs. The game is set for 8 p.m. Mountain Time at Save Mart Center in Fresno.