LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Four Cowgirls recorded double-figures to lead the Wyoming basketball team to a 75-point win, 104-29, over the Western State Mountaineers, on Monday night. The 104 points were the ninth most in a single-game and the most points scored since last season when they recorded 103 against San Jose State. The Cowgirls are now 1-0 overall on the season.
"For the last 24 hours, I thought of all the scenarios of how this game would play out," head coach Joe Legerski said. "What happened tonight was not one of those scenarios. We came out, pushed the ball early in transition with Marquelle. She also changed the game defensively which we talked about her being able to do that. Kayla was very aggressive to the basket and then all of a sudden we made some substitutions and the energy level changed. Liv Roberts and Jordan Kelley brought energy to the court and play at a different pace and get out defensively on the ball. The freshmen played and shot the ball well."
Out of the halftime break, the Cowgirls increased the lead to 51, 69-18, with a 13-0 run. A three-point field goal by Harlie Williams at the 16:11 mark would end the scoreless stretch for Western State. Over the next seven minutes, Wyoming only increased that lead with a 19-6 run to make it 88-27. Defensively, the Cowgirls held the Mountaineers in check allowing just one field goal in the final 12:27 to go onto the 104-29 victory.
All 12 Cowgirls got in the scoring column led by Kayla Woodward. She recorded 17 points while shooting 5-8 from the field in 18 minutes of play. Junior guard Marquelle Dent finished with 16 points and freshman forward Bailee Cotton with 12 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Freshman forward Marleah Campbell also recorded 12 points and three blocked shots. Wyoming shot 36-68 (.559) from the field and 11-27 (.407) from beyond the arc. The Cowgirls out rebounded the Mountaineers 51-32 and had 26 assists on 38 field goals.
Western State was led by Taylor Long with six points followed by Jade MacIntosh and Ajai Ford with four points each. Katie Najvar recorded a team-high five rebounds. The Mountaineers shot 10-52 (.192) from the field but committed 19 turnovers.
Woodward hit the first basket of the game which started an 8-0 run for the Cowgirls. A three-point field goal by Long got the Mountaineers on the board at the 17:30 mark. Followed by a McIntosh basket to close the gap to three, 8-5, Wyoming increased the lead to double-figures, 23-7, with a 15-2 run. Another field goal ended a three-minute drought for WSU, but the Cowgirls responded with a 16-0 run to pull ahead by 20, 39-9. Wyoming closed out the half outscoring the Mountaineers 17-9 to take a 56-18 lead into the locker room.
Dent finished with 12 points to lead all scorers headed into the half followed by Woodward with ten and Cotton with eight and six rebounds. The Cowgirls shot 20-36 (.556) from the field and out rebounded Western State, 25-14. The Mountaineers had three players finished with four points, while they shot 6-23 (.261) from the field.
Wyoming returns to action on Friday as it hosts the Denver Pioneers. The game is set for 7 p.m. MT in the Arena-Auditorium.