Dec. 14, 2012
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Behind 20 points from Kayla Woodward, the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (8-1 overall) earned a 77-62 win over the Weber State Wildcats (0-8 overall) on Friday night in Laramie.
"I thought tonight's game was one of runs from both teams," said head coach Joe Legerski. "We had a great one at the end of the half, which helped us go into the locker room up 17. Weber came out and had their run, but we held our composure. I look at the stat sheet and it tells a different story of how the game flowed. We were up 20-22 points and the game felt a great deal closer than that. When you shoot 50 percent from the field and 39 percent from three, you are doing a lot of good things offensively. I just have to get used to the fact that there are more possessions in a game when we are pushing the pace. I like how we played the game."
Woodward finished her night with a team high 20 points plus seven rebounds. She was 8-16 from the field and 2-2 from the charity stripe. Kaitlyn Mileto followed with 18 points and four assists while Ashley Sickles added 14 points. Chaundra Sewell finished with a team high 11 rebounds. Wyoming shot 28-56 (.500) from the field and 14-19 (.727) from the free throw line. They also out rebounded Weber State 44-30.
Jalen Carpenter led the way for the Wildcats. She recorded a team high 13 points, plus eight rebounds. Regina Okoye had nine points while three others finished with eight. They were 25-64 (.391) from the field.
A basket from Regina Okoye put Weber State in the scoring column first, but four straight points from the Cowgirls gave them an early 4-2 lead. The Wildcats scored on the next possession to even it up which was answered with a 7-2 run by Wyoming to put them ahead by five, 11-6. Out of the next media timeout, two straight baskets from WSU made it a one point game, 11-10. A three-point field goal by Kaitlyn Mileto stopped the scoring giving Wyoming a 14-10 lead. After a basket from the Wildcats, the Cowgirls scored six of the next eight giving them a 20-14 lead with 11 minutes remaining in the half. The two teams traded the next couple baskets until the Cowgirls extended their lead to nine, 27-18. Regina Okoye hit one of two free throws to end a three minute scoring drought for Weber State. That would begin a 6-3 run for the Wildcats to pull them to within five, 30-25. The Cowgirls responded by closing out the half on a 14-2 run, including an 8-0 run, to take a 44-27 lead into the locker room.
Mileto led all scorers with 11 while adding four rebounds. Kayla Woodward followed with ten points, while Ashley Sickles and Fallon Lewis added eight each. Chaundra Sewell finished the half with eight rebounds. Wyoming shot 15-29 (.517) from the field and out rebounded the Wildcats 27-11. Weber State was led by Jalen Carpenter with 10 points and three rebounds. Regina Okoye chipped in five rebounds and had three steals. They were 12-33 (.364) from the field.
The Wildcats stormed out and scored six unanswered to begin the second half to close the gap to 11, 44-33. A three-point field goal by Mileto ended the scoring drought for the Cowgirls. Over the next two minute stretch, Weber State scored three of the next five but couldn't make any ground up. With the score 50-38 in favor of UW, they would score nine straight to give them a 21-point advantage, 59-38 with 12 minutes to go in the game. The Wildcats hit three straight free throws to end the run. A basket from Allison Gorrell helped jump start the Cowgirls to increase the lead to 23, 70-47. Despite being outscored down the stretch, Wyoming would hold on to the 77-62 win.
The Cowgirls will now head out on the road for two straight games. They will face the Bowling Green Falcons, on Sunday, Dec. 16, and the Ball State Cardinals, on Tuesday, Dec. 18. The first game is set for 11:00 a.m. MT while Tuesday's contest will tip at 5:00 p.m. MT. Live stats can be followed on www.gowyo.com.
Legerski also announced that center Fatima Thiam will be out the remainder of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament (acl) in her left knee.
Thiam suffered the injury during a Cowgirl practice earlier this week. A date for surgery has not been determined. A 6-6 redshirt freshman from Dakar, Senegal, she played in one game this season.