Cowgirl Basketball Opens Up Season With 71-57 Victory Over MSU-Northern

Nov. 8, 2013

SHERIDAN, Wyo. -

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Behind a career high 27 points from Kaitlyn Mileto, the Cowgirl basketball team defeated the Montana State-Northern Skylights, 71-57, on Friday night in Sheridan.

Three Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures led by Mileto with 27. She was followed by Kayla Woodward with 15 and Fallon Lewis with 13. Woodward also led the way with nine rebounds. Wyoming shot 25-58 (.431) from the field and out rebounded the Skylights, 34-30.

Montana State Northern was led by A'Jha Edwards with 17 points and four rebounds. She was followed by Kassie Barta with 15 and Kacie McKeon with ten points. They were 20-46 (.435) from the field and 10-11 (.909) from the free throw line.

"This was a great atmosphere to play in," said head coach Joe Legerski. "It really indicates how much this state believes in the University of Wyoming, how proud they are and they energized the team. We had a great ball game and the Cowgirls came out with a win. It was a tremendous effort from a number of players led by Kaitlyn, but I thought Fallon and Kayla played well down the stretch. Our post play for as young as we are, they just keep getting better."

Kayla Woodward would hit a three-point shot to start the game and the Cowgirls built a 6-0 lead. The Skylights would get on the board at the 15:49 mark with a basket from A'Jha Edwards. Out of the media timeout, Wyoming scored nine unanswered to extend the lead to 15-2. MSUN responded with a 12-2 run to close the gap to three, 17-14, with ten minutes left in the half. A basket by Kaylie Rader ended a four minute drought for the Cowgirls. With the score 20-14, the Skylights scored seven of ten to pull within one, 22-21. Wyoming rallied back with an 11-4 run to go ahead eight, 33-25. MSUN scored four of the last six points of the half but the Cowgirls still took a 35-29 lead in to the locker room.

The two teams combined for 13 points through the first media timeout as the Cowgirls continued to hold a 42-35 lead. The Skylights went on a 6-2 run to make it a 44-41 game. A three-point basket by Woodward ended the drought for Wyoming to make the score, 47-41, with 14 minutes left in the game. Five unanswered by MSUN made it a one-point contest, 47-46. The Cowgirls came back with eight straight points to regain the eight point advantage, 55-47. The Skylights scored on the next possession, which was answered by a 7-0 run to get the lead back to double-digits, 62-49, for UW. The teams played even down the stretch as the Cowgirls came away with the 71-57 win.

The Cowgirls will return to action next week on the road. They will face the Denver Pioneers, on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Magness Arena. The game time is set for 7:00 p.m. in Denver.