University of Wyoming women’s basketball seniors Kayla Woodward, left, and Kaitlyn Mileto, right, along with coach Joe Legerski, speak at UW’s basketball media day on Wednesday, Oct. 15.
The Cowgirls were picked to finish third in the Mountain West, and Woodward was selected as the preseason player of the year. Both Woodward and Mileto have scored more than 1,000 points in their UW careers.
For more coverage from media day, see Thursday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang and log on to wyosports.net.
The Wyoming women’s basketball team didn’t shoot the ball well, but it made the shots it needed to and did a lot of other things well in a 61-56 victory over Boise State in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Tournament at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas Tuesday.
The Cowgirls (20-10) and the tournament’s fifth seed, shot just 31.3 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from 3-point range. Only one player shot better than 50 percent from the field.
But sophomore guard Marquelle Dent recorded game highs with 23 points and six assists. Her two free throws with 27.3 seconds left in the game secured the victory as the Cowgirls advanced to the semifinals for the third consecutive year. That’s never happened in school history, nor in the 16-year history of this event.
Here are some second half highlights, including some key plays down the stretch.
But even though Dent was the hero, there were other key contributions.
Even though she shot 3 of 17 from the field, junior guard Kayla Woodward had 10 points, nine rebounds and a game-high five steals. UW forced 19 turnovers as a team.
Senior forward Fallon Lewis had nine points — all in the second half — and six of her 10 rebounds also came in the final 20 minutes. Junior guard Kaitlyn Mileto played only seven first-half minutes due to two fouls, but her eight second-half points were big for the Cowgirls.
Wyoming sophomore guard Kayla Woodward makes a layup with 13.7 seconds to play to give the Cowgirls a 62-61 lead in UW’s semifinal game with Fresno State in Friday’s semifinals of the Mountain West Tournament. The Cowgirls lost on a last-second shot 63-62.
Wyoming sophomore guard Kayla Woodward makes a 3-pointer that gave the Cowgirls a 58-57 lead with one minute to play in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Tournament Thursday night, March 14, 2013, at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Wyoming won 60-58.
Coach Joe Legerski and players Chaundra Sewell, Kayla Woodward and Ashley Sickles talk about the Cowgirls’ 73-55 loss to San Diego State Friday in the semifinals of the Mountain West Tournament in Las Vegas.
TCU’s Natalie Ventress was named the Mountain West Freshman of the Year in women’s basketball earlier this week.
Many thought the award should have gone to Wyoming’s Kayla Woodward of Sheridan.
Hard to argue that after how Woodward and the Cowgirls played in their 61-44 victory over TCU in the quarterfinals of the MW Tournament Wednesday here at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Woodward had a game-high 17 points, along with three assists, three steals and three 3-point baskets.
Ventress had two points on 1 of 11 shooting.
“There was a little bit of a motivation,” said Woodward on wanting to come out and play well knowing she didn’t get the Freshman of the Year award. “But this was a team effort. We played with heart and that really showed.”
The Sheridan product is one of six true freshman on the Cowgirls’ roster this season, and she is expecpted to play a lot this season. Will she be the latest in a long line of quality in-state kids to play for coach Joe Legerski?