BOZEMAN, Mont. -
With three three-point field goals in the game, senior guard Kaitlyn Mileto became the all-time leader in school history in that category, but the Wyoming women's basketball team (4-3 overall) suffered a 79-52 loss to the Montana State Bobcats (5-4 overall) on Saturday night. Her 216 career three-point field goals move her past former Cowgirl Shelby Hoffman (1998-2001) with 215.
Senior forward Kayla Woodward led the Cowgirls with her third double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Junior guard Marquelle Dent added 11 points and five assists while Mileto recorded 10 points in her record breaking effort. Wyoming shot 19-of-58 (.328) for the game and just 7-of-30 (.233) in the second half, 6-of-18 (.333) from beyond the arc and 8-of-17 (.471) from the charity stripe.
"It's a pretty simple game some nights in that you need to make shots," head coach Joe Legerski said. "I thought bigger than that was Montana State played with a great deal of energy. It was a physical contest and we didn't respond to that part of the game. When you take a look at that they had 18 offensive rebounds, you wouldn't think they shot well. MSU shot 52 percent from the field and had 12 offensive rebounds in the first half we had four and shot 42 percent. In the second half, we struggled from the field and you take a look at the focus I have to do a better job of preparing us. We were 8-of-17 from the free throw line and that tells me where our focus is. Right now, we are setting a scary pattern of when we play against Denver then let a team come in, be physical and we don't respond. We had a great game against Montana, putting things together and tonight that didn't happen. Congratulations to Kaitlyn Mileto on becoming the all-time leader in three-point field goals made. She is a tremendous shooter and came out scored ten points."
Montana State was led by Jasmine Hommes with a game-high 24 points and 12 rebounds. She was 12-of-20 from the field and had two blocks and two assists. Hannah Caudill came in off the bench and recorded 18 points followed by Peyton Ferris with 14 points. The Bobcats were 33-of-69 (.478) from the field and outrebounded the Cowgirls 50-32.
The scoring was even through the first four minutes of the second half as Montana State continued to lead 50-40. Wyoming tried to close the gap and scored 11of 19 to make it a seven-point contest, 58-51, with 10:04 left on the clock. Unfortunately, it wouldn't get any closer than that. The Bobcats closed out the game on a 21-1 run to record the 79-52 victory.
Both teams struggled through the first five minutes of the game shooting 2-of-16 from the field as Montana State took a 4-0 lead. Freshman forward Bailee Cotton hit the first shot of the game for Wyoming at the 15:15 mark. That basket would start a 7-2 run for the Cowgirls to give them their first lead 7-6. MSU scored four straight to pull ahead 10-7. Wyoming scored the next 9 of 13 to take a two-point advantage, 16-14, which included two three-point field goals by Mileto who tied the all-time record with 215. The Bobcats stormed back with a 15-5 run to give them a double-digit lead, 31-21. A field goal by Woodward broke a four-minute scoring drought and would start a small run to close the gap to five, 31-26. MSU responded and scored 12 of the final 20 points to end the half and take a 34-44 lead into the locker room.
Woodward led the 12 points and five rebounds. Mileto recorded ten points followed by two others with five. The Cowgirls shot 12-of-28 (.429) from the field and 6-of-11 (.545) from beyond the arc. Hommes finished with 16 points and six rebounds for Montana State. Caudill added 11 followed by Ferris with ten. The Bobcats shot 20-of-38 (.526) from the field, 4-of-9 from beyond the arc and outrebounded UW, 26-12.
Wyoming will returns to the friendly confines of the Arena-Auditorium for two games this week. They will host the South Dakota Mines Lady Hardrockers on Wednesday and the Gonzaga Bulldogs on Friday. Both games are set for 7 p.m. MT.