LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Three Cowgirls scored 20 or more points for the first time this season as the Wyoming women's basketball team (14-12 overall, 9-7 MW) earned a dominating 99-68 victory over the UNLV Lady Rebels (13-14 overall, 10-6 MW) on Saturday in Laramie. The 99 points were the most scored by the Cowgirls this season in conference play.
"The outcome of basketball games is determined by points. No matter what you do defensively, rebounding, it always comes out to who has more points. It's rather simply stated that you need to shoot the ball well and make shots, which tonight was an example of that. It seemed like every shot we took especially in the first half found the bottom of the net," head coach Joe Legerski said. "We executed well offensively, had more movement, but it still comes down to players getting their feet set and taking good shots."
Senior forward Kayla Woodward recorded a team-high 23 points along with eight rebounds. Senior guard Kaitlyn Mileto followed with 21 points while shooting 8-of-12 from the field and 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. Junior guard Marquelle Dent recorded her third double-double of her career with 20 points and a season-high ten assists. With those ten assists, Dent moved into seventh place all-time in assists with 336. Junior guard Jordan Kelley finished with a team-high nine rebounds.
The Cowgirls shot a season-high 37-of-60 (.617) from the field and 11-of-19 (.579) from beyond the arc. As a team, Wyoming had 42 points in the paint, 23 second chance points and outrebounded UNLV 34-26.
"The balance was really there between Kaitlyn, Kayla and Marquelle to be able to score and more importantly you look at their assists. For Marquelle to end up with a double-double tonight with 20 points and 10 assists in 30 minutes of the game that speaks volumes of how she played and got stronger as the game went on."
The Lady Rebels were led by senior guard Danielle Miller with a team-high 15 points in her 27 minutes of play. Junior center Aley Rohde followed with 13 points while freshman guard Nikki Wheatley had a team-high four rebounds. UNLV shot 20-of-53 (.377) from the field and 5-of-14 (.357) from beyond the arc.
Out of the break, the Cowgirls continued their solid play by outscoring the Lady Rebels 20-6 in the first six minutes of the half to pull them ahead by 43-76-33. Aimee Callaway hit a three to get UNLV back in the scoring column but the contest was never close. Wyoming would easily earn the 99-68 victory.Baskets by Mileto and Woodward got the Cowgirls in the scoring column early, 5-0.
The Lady Rebels Wheatley hit a basket to give UNLV its first score of the game. Started by a Woodward field goal, Wyoming scored 8 of the next 11 points to extend its advantage to eight, 13-5. Out of a Lady Rebel timeout, they would score five straight to pull within three, 13-10. The Cowgirls responded with a 16-5 run to extend the lead to 14, 29-15. A three by Miller would end a scoreless stretch by UNLV, but Wyoming scored seven straight to make it 36-18. After a basket by Wheatley, the Cowgirls closed out the half on a 20-7 run to take a 29-point lead, 56-27, into the lockerroom.
Mileto led all scorers with 17 points shooting 6-of-9 from the field and 4-of-6 from three. Dent followed with 14 points and seven assists while Woodward added 13 points and five rebounds. The Cowgirls were 22-of-30 (.733) from the field and an impressive 9-of-12 (.750) from beyond the arc. Wyoming had 16 points in the paint, 13 points off turnovers and outrebounded UNLV 16-14. UNLV was led by Miller with ten points followed by Wheatley with five points and four rebounds. The Lady Rebels were 8-of-28 (.286) from the field and committed eight turnovers.
Wyoming plays its final conference road game of the season on Tuesday night against the Utah State Aggies. The game is set to begin at 7p.m. MT in Logan.