Feb 13, 2014 - From staff reportsHome or away, it's usually not a wise move to play a zone defense against the University of Wyoming Cowgirls.
San Diego State found that out first hand Wednesday night.
Wyoming burned the Aztecs' zone for nine 3-pointers in a 69-60 win at Viejas Arena in San Diego. The story was reported by the Wyoming Tribune Eagle.
Juniors Kaitlyn Mileto and Kayla Woodward combined for 37 points to help the Cowgirls snap a four-game Mountain West road losing streak and a five-game winning streak by SDSU in the series.
Wyoming (16-6 overall, 7-4 MW) moves 10 games over .500 overall and three games over .500 in conference play for the first time this season.
"The kids truly wanted to find a road victory and once they relaxed we made some plays down the end," UW coach Joe Legerski said. "It's just nice not to have to answer that question again for me or the players (about the road losing streak). They've been in so many games we just needed some things to go our way."
The Cowgirls had struggled with slow starts in recent MW road games, but not Wednesday night.
UW limited SDSU to 21 first-half points in taking a 35-21 halftime lead. The lead ballooned to as many as 20 points with a little more than 10 minutes to play before SDSU made a late run.
The Aztecs (8-13, 5-6 MW) got as close as four points down the stretch, but back-to-back layups by Woodward and Marquelle Dent in the final minute sealed the victory.
Mileto led the Cowgirls with 20 points, going 5 of 12 on 3-pointers. Her five treys inched her closer to No. 4 all-time with 173. Courtney Stapp is fourth with 183. Woodward added 17 points, eight rebounds and three assists and hit three 3-pointers.
Senior Fallon Lewis chipped in 15 points and nine rebounds and sophomore Marquelle Dent had six points and six assists.
"We attacked the zone really well," Mileto said. "We went inside out and got good looks and we all felt comfortable. Our posts occupied their posts so much they had to be worried about both."
Wyoming, who also played zone on defense most of the game, outrebounded the taller Aztecs 36-34. UW junior Jordan Sibrel led the way on the glass with a career-high 11 rebounds.
"We knew their inside game was so strong, we had to get a number of people to the inside and a zone was the best thing for us to do that," Legerski said. "Jordan Sibrel was big for us inside. She had a great game."
SDSU was led by Cierra Warren's 14 points.
Wyoming returns home to host San Jose State at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Arena-Auditorium. SJSU beat the Cowgirls 74-68 in San Jose in the first meeting.
With the win, Wyoming takes a 25-23 overall series lead over SDSU. Wyoming hadn't won in San Diego since 2011. ... UW improved to 15-1 this season when shooting better than the opponent and 14-2 when leading at halftime. ... Mileto's 20 points gives her 956 on her career. ... Woodward moved into the No. 6 spot all-time in 3-pointers at 159, passing Aubrey Vandiver. She also passed the 500-rebound mark in UW's last game and now 518 in her career, good for No. 16 all-time.
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