LARAMIE, Wyo. -
A late first half run helped the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (5-3) to a 36-point victory, 77-41, over the South Dakota Mines Lady Hardrockers (3-5 overall) on Wednesday night.
Three Cowgirls finished the night in double-digits led by junior guard Marquelle Dent. She recorded a game-high 16 points and six assists while shooting 6-of-13 from the field and 2-of-3 from beyond the arc. Senior forward Kayla Woodward followed with 13 points and a team high six rebounds while senior guard Kaitlyn Mileto added 12 points. Wyoming shot 29-of-73 (.397) from the field and 11-of-26 (.423) from beyond the arc, while outrebounding the Lady Hardrockers 43-38.
"Tonight's game is one that we needed to be able to play a number of players and get a little bit of confidence back," head coach Joe Legerski said. "It was also a game that Kaitlyn (Mileto) got us off to a good start with her three-point shooting. We looked a little sluggish at times. I understand there are finals coming up, so they are up studying and working on the academic side of it. Those are things you fight through and that everyone goes through this time of year. It was a game that will give us good film work for this young post group. They give you the effort, make a number of mistakes, but it's a learning situation. At halftime, I challenged Marleah, Natalie and Bailee, who had one rebound that we have to do better than that. In the second half, they got rebounds and points."
South Dakota Mines was led by sophomore center Megan Rohrer with 14 points and six rebounds. Junior forward Devyn Asche added 10 points in her 23 minutes of play. The Lady Hardrockers were 14-of-47 (.298) from the field and 10-of-13 (.769) from the free throw line.
Wyoming scored five of the first seven points to begin the second half to extend the lead to 22, 47-25. The teams traded scores over the next several minutes until two straight baskets by Jordan Sibrel made it a 26-point advantage, 58-32. After a basket by Kenney at the 12:43 mark, the Cowgirls scored the next nine straight while South Dakota Mines went seven minutes without scoring. Wyoming would come away with the 36-point win, 77-41.
South Dakota Mines got on the board first with a free throw to take an early lead. Four straight points from the Cowgirls put them ahead 4-1. A basket by Asche pulled the Lady Hardrockers to within one, 4-3, but Wyoming scored six of the next eight to give them a five-point advantage, 10-5, through the first media timeout. South Dakota Mines kept pace with the Cowgirls with some long range shots making it a two-point contest, 15-13. Wyoming responded with a 14-3 run to make it a double-digit lead, 29-16. Free throws by Needens ended a five minute drought for South Dakota Mines and they would close the gap to nine, 30-21. The Cowgirls closed out the half on a 12-2 run and held the Lady Hardrockers scoreless the final 3:33 to take a 42-23 lead into the locker room.
Dent led all scorers with 14 points followed by Mileto and Woodward with 12 and eight respectively. Woodward also led the way in rebounds with five. The Cowgirls shot 16-of-37 (.432) from the field and 7-of-14 (.500) from beyond the arc. South Dakota Mines was led by Rohrer with 10 points while Devyn Asche recorded six points. The Lady Hardrockers were 7-of-24 from the field and 7-of-8 (.875) from beyond the arc.
Wyoming wraps up the week on Friday by hosting the Gonzaga Bulldogs. The game is set to tip-off at 7 p.m. MT in the Arena-Auditorium.