Nov. 1, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team opened up the 2013-14 exhibition season with an impressive 92-35 victory over the Chadron State Eagles, on Friday night, in Laramie.
Three Cowgirls finished the evening in double-figures led by junior Kaitlyn Mileto and true freshman Kaylie Rader. They each recorded 22 points while Rader led the way with eight rebounds. She was 10-18 from the field and had three assists. Fallon Lewis added 14 points plus six boards. Wyoming shot 35-73 (.479) from the field and recorded 21 assists and eight steals.
Chadron State was led by Kayli Rageth with ten points. Kattie Ranta followed with eight points and a team high seven rebounds. The Eagles were 13-52 (.250) from the field.
"It was great to be on the court against a different opponent besides seeing the same people in practice," said head coach Joe Legerski. "It was also nice to play in front of all of these fans. People showed up tonight, cheered on our players which motivates us and makes it a great atmosphere. I thought with only returning two starters from a year ago there were a lot of questions about this team over the next couple of months to see how we play. There were some nerves early and it showed, but overall we had great contributions from everyone."
Wyoming jumped out to an 11-0 lead to begin the game over Chadron State, which included six straight free throws. The Eagles finally got on the board at the 15:31 mark with a basket from Dallas Shaw. The Cowgirls responded with a 7-2 run to extend the lead to 13, 18-5. After a basket by Chadron State, Wyoming scored the next eight straight points to give make it 26-7 with 9:38 left in the half. The Cowgirls continued to pour it on offensively as they scored another 17 unanswered to make it 43-7. Finally, a free throw by Greer Babbe ended an eight minute scoring drought for the Eagles. The teams played even in the final three minutes of the half as the Cowgirls took a 48-13 lead into the locker room.
In the second half, the Cowgirls scored the first 18 of 23 in the first four minutes to give them a 64-18 advantage. Over the next stretch of the game, both teams combined for 11 points as Wyoming continued to hold onto a significant 71-22 lead with 10:38 left in the game. Chadron State went another three minutes until a basket by Rageth, while Rader scored ten straight points for the Cowgirls to make it 79-24. The lead and the game were never in jeopardy as Wyoming went on to win the game 92-35.
Wyoming will open up the regular season on Friday, Nov. 8, against the Montana State-Northern Skylights. The game is scheduled to be played at the Sheridan College Golden Dome in Sheridan, Wyo.