Dec. 6, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (5-2 overall) scored a season high 87 points as they opened up the Air Force Classic with an 87-63 victory over the SIUE Cougars (1-7 overall) on Friday night.
All 11 Cowgirls finished the night in the scoring column, while three recorded double-figures. Kaitlyn Mileto and Kayla Woodward each finished with 19 points followed by Marquelle Dent with 14 points and a career high 11 assists and six steals. Fallon Lewis finished her night with a team high nine rebounds while adding nine points. Wyoming was 31-67 (.463) from the field and 16-20 (.800) from the charity stripe.
SIUE was led by Jessie Wendt who recorded 24 points plus four rebounds off the bench. Tierny Austin followed with 14 points and six boards while Valerie Finnin added ten points. The Cougars were 25-59 (.424) from the field and a solid 7-15 (.467) from beyond the ar.
"I was very happy tonight with the way we got out, shot the ball early and got into the flow of the game," said head coach Joe Legerski. "Kaitlyn got in hit some shots and really got us going then I thought Marquelle really controlled the tempo of the game all night long. She had three turnovers at half and I told her the biggest part is that we all looked at her 11 assists, but didn't she turn the ball over in the second half. What a great effort from her and Kayla, Kaitlyn and Jordan Sibrel. She grabbed some really big and tough rebounds. It was very tough and physical in there, but a solid effort all the way around."
SIUE would get on the board first with a three-point field goal by Ashley Capotosto, but the Cowgirls responded with eight straight points to go ahead 8-3. A basket by Finnin ended the run which was answered with a 5-2 run to give them a 13-7 advantage. The Cougars rallied back with nine straight points to regain the lead, 16-15. Woodward hit a shot to end the scoring drought for Wyoming and started a 9-2 run to go up by eight, 26-18, with 11:35 left in the first half. After a basket by Austin, the Cowgirls extended the lead to double-figures, 35-25, capped off by a Chelan Landry three-point shot. Over the next couple of minutes, the two times combined for eight points as Wyoming continued to maintain a 40-28 advantage. SIUE cut into that lead as they went on a 7-3 run to close the gap to eight, 43-35. A pair of free throws by Davis and a shot at the buzzer by Dent gave the Cowgirls a 47-38 lead going into the lockerroom.
Mileto led all Wyoming scorers at the half with 11 while Dent finished with nine and Woodward with eight. The Cowgirls were 17-35 (.486) from the field and out rebounded SIUE, 19-14. The Cougars were led by Wendt with 13 while Finnin chipped in ten points. They were 16-29 (.552) from the field and 5-8 (.625) from beyond the ar.
Out of the halftime break, Mileto hit two three-point field goals to increase the lead to 15, 53-38. Austin hit a shot to get the Cougars back in the scoring column, but eight straight points by UW made it 61-40 with 14:20 left in the game. A basket by SIUE ended a five minute scoring drought and started a small run to close the gap to 17, 65-48. The Cowgirls responded with a 14-4 run to increase the lead to 79-52 with 4:41 on the clock. Wyoming would be out scored down the stretch by one, but would come away with the 24-point win, 87-63.
The Cowgirls will close out the weekend against the North Dakota State Bison, on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 2:00 p.m.