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Cowgirls produce balanced scoring
Jan 30, 2014 - From staff reports
Head coach Joe Legerski wanted two things out of his University of Wyoming Cowgirls on Wednesday night against Fresno State: more balance on offense and for his team to have some fun.
Check and check.
Seven Cowgirls scored at least seven points in the game and Wyoming responded from one of its most disappointing performances Saturday with one of its best of the season against the Bulldogs, winning 87-76 in front of a crowd of 3,203 at the Arena-Auditorium.
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The win was also the 600th in program history.
"I think that was our biggest thing is we were playing together and having a little fun," said UW junior Kaitlyn Mileto, who led the Cowgirls with 21 points. "We were a little bit more loose and it allowed us to play a little bit better."
The Cowgirls (13-5 overall, 4-3 Mountain West) did one more thing that the UW coach was happy about as well in beating the Bulldogs (12-8, 6-3 MW) for the eighth-straight time in Laramie. Wyoming committed just nine turnovers against FSU's myriad presses after averaging nearly 20 turnovers in three meetings last year.
Wyoming didn't just handle the ball Wednesday, it attacked the press so well Fresno State eventually pulled off the press with eight minutes to play.
"I thought we were able to get some really good looks," Legerski said.
"More importantly we converted against the pressure. Not just turning it over, but getting a basket on the other end really helps slow the pressure down. We made the pass that needed to be made quickly."
UW junior Kayla Woodward added 20 points and seven rebounds while senior Fallon Lewis just missed her fifth straight double-double with 14 points and a game-high nine rebounds.
UW's point-guard tandem of sophomore Marquelle Dent (nine points, eight assists) and senior Chelan Landry (nine points) added scoring depth while the post duo of junior Jordan Sibrel (seven points, seven rebounds) and freshman Kaylie Rader (seven points) played their best combined game of the conference season.
"Balance is what we've been talking about and we've been inconsistent in that," Legerski said. "That's probably what I'm most happy about tonight."
Fresno State was led by senior point guard Taylor Thompson's 17 points Jacinta Vandenburg added 15 points and eight rebounds.