Dec. 18, 2011
MOSCOW, Idaho -
Despite a career high 20 points from freshman Kaitlyn Mileto, the Wyoming basketball team lost a tough game, 65-59, against the Idaho Vandals on Sunday in Moscow. The Cowgirls end the road trip with a 3-7 overall mark while the Vandals improved to 4-7 on their season.
"We had some turnovers at the end of the game which hurt us down the stretch," said head coach Joe Legerski. "We were down four with a minute to go, had two possessions and we travel on the first and don't rebound on a missed free throw. Had two opportunities we just couldn't convert on those chances. We talked about taking advantage of those opportunities when they present themselves. What's disheartening is that we have ten total turnovers and three of them happened in the final minute. "
Three players finished the game in double-figures led by the freshman Mileto. She recorded a career high 20 points while adding three assists and two rebounds. She was 8-16 from the field and 4-9 from beyond the arc. Ashley Sickles followed with her second 18 point outing in a row, while Chaundra Sewell recorded her second double-double with 12 points and a game high 11 rebounds. Wyoming shot 24-65 (.369) from the field and 6-25 (.240) from beyond the arc, while committing only ten turnovers.
"Kaitlyn (Mileto) had a solid performance today with a career high 20 points," added Legerski. "She had an outstanding night going 8-16 from the field and 4-9 from the three point line."
Idaho was led by Ganeaya Rogers with a team high 17 points as she was 6-8 from the field. Alyssa Charlston finished with 16 points followed by Krissy Karr with 15 points and a team high seven rebounds. The Vandals were 26-54 (.481) from the field while outrebounding the Cowgirls 38-36.
It was an offensive struggle through the first several minutes as an Ashley Sickles jumper was the only basket scored through the first media timeout. After a Kayla Woodward jumper, the Vandals got on the board with a Jessica Graham three-point field goal six minutes into the game. The Cowgirls responded with six straight points from Kaitlyn Mileto giving UW a 10-3 lead. The Vandals answered back with five points from Alyssa Charlston to pull within two, 10-8. Chaundra Sewell hit a basket to end the run but a three-point play from Adrie Shiels made it 12-11. A 5-2 run from the Cowgirls would extend the lead back to four, 17-13, with 8:19 on the clock. Two baskets from Idaho even it up at 17, and after a basket from Mileto, the Vandals scored another five straight to give them their first lead of the game, 22-19. Wyoming tried to close the gap scoring four of the next six to pull within one, 24-23 with 4:23 left in the half. The two teams combined for nine points to the remainder of the half as Idaho took a 29-27 lead into the lockerroom.
Ashley Sickles hit a basket out of the halftime break to tie it up at 29. Idaho scored four straight to go ahead by four, 33-29. Kaitlyn Mileto brought the Cowgirls to within two, 33-31, but a 5-2 run gave the Vandals a five point advantage, 38-33. Wyoming tried to chip into the lead closing the margin to two, 40-38. Three different players scored six of the next eight points for Idaho giving them a six point lead, 46-40. Two baskets each from Mileto and Ashley Sickles completed a 9-0 run for the Cowgirls to help them retake the lead, 49-46. Unfortunately, a three-point basket from Krissy Karr started a 7-2 run by the Vandals to put them ahead by five, 56-51. A three point field goal from Kayla Woodward and an old fashioned three-point play from Sickles pulled the Cowgirls to within one, 58-57. Wyoming's comeback would fall short as a couple of key turnovers and free throws would give the Vandals the 65-59 victory on Sunday afternoon.
Wyoming will play their final game before the holiday break as they host the UC Irvine Anteaters, on Wednesday, Dec. 21. The game is set for 7:00 p.m. in the Arena Auditorium.