LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Senior forward Kayla Woodward recorded the 13th double-double of her career as the Wyoming women's basketball team (2-0 overall) used a 17-0 first half run to propel them to an 82-41 victory over the Denver Pioneers (0-2 overall) on Friday night.
Woodward finished with a season-high 18 points and 12 rebounds, while shooting 6-12 from the field and 4-4 from the free throw line. Sophomore center Kaylie Rader and junior guard Marquelle Dent each finished the night with 11 points while Dent also chipped in seven assists. The Cowgirls shot 30-69 (.435) from the field and 17-19 (.895) from the free throw line. Wyoming outrebounded the Pioneers 53-32 and had 22 assists on 30 baskets.
Denver was led by sophomore forward Jesse Spittel with a team-high ten points and eight rebounds. Freshman guard Kaila Burroughs finished the night with nine points while three others recorded four. The Pioneers shot 16-59 (.271) from the field and 1-14 (.071) from beyond the arc.
"Just like the last game you can go through all kinds of scenarios and this was not in the plan. This was a team we played a year ago and had to make a shot at the buzzer to win the game. The history of this series between Denver and Wyoming most games have come down to five to eight points," head coach Joe Legerski said. "Tonight we got going early and I felt our defense was really good. Denver is a very good three-point shooting team and tonight we didn't give them very many good looks."
"We had a huge game from Kaylie. We put her in a position to have to play one on one all night and couldn't offer any help because we had to stay on the shooters. She did a great job defensively."
Out of the halftime break, the scoring slowed in the first four minutes as the teams combined for six points as the Cowgirls continued to lead 54-19. Over the next six minute stretch, Wyoming increased the lead to 31-points, 64-23, with a 10-4 run. A basket by Burroughs would start a 10-6 run for Denver to make it 70-33, but Wyoming scored seven unanswered to make it 77-33. The Cowgirls went on to win the contest 82-41.
Bailee Cotton got the Cowgirls on the board first in the first half with a field goal, which was answered with four straight points from the Pioneers. Dent scored the five points to start a 17-0 run for Wyoming extending the lead to 15, 19-4. Free throws by Burroughs ended a five-minute scoring drought for Denver. The teams traded the next couple of baskets as Van Riper-Rose scored the Pioneers first field goal in over eight minutes. With the score 24-10 in favor of the Cowgirls, they would close out the half on a 24-7 run to take a 48-17 lead into the locker room.
Woodward led all scorers with 11 points and eight rebounds. Cotton and Rader both finished with eight point followed by Dent with seven. Wyoming shot 19-40 (.475) from the field and 7-8 (.875) from the free throw line. The Cowgirls also outrebounded Denver 32-17.
Denver was led by Spittel with eight points followed by Burroughs with five. The Pioneers shot 5-31(.161) from the field and 1-9 (.111) from beyond the arc.
The Cowgirls will play their third straight home game on Tuesday night against the Idaho Vandals. The game time is set for 7 p.m. MT in the Arena-Auditorium.