Courtesy Wyoming Media Relations
LARAMIE, Wyo. (Feb. 22, 2014) — Behind a career high 28 point performance from Marquelle Dent, the Cowgirl basketball team earned a 26-point win, 75-49, over the Colorado State Rams, on Saturday afternoon. The Cowgirls are now 18-7 overall on the season and 9-5 in the Mountain West while Colorado State falls to 21-5 overall and 13-2 in league play.
“With this team, there are times that you’re not sure what you’re going to get the entire 40 minutes, but I know they are always going to compete,” said head coach Joe Legerski. “The way Colorado State played us defensively, it was time for Marquelle Dent to step up. You look at her numbers with 28 and she scored the first 12 points of the game. Her speed is amazing when she has the basketball in her hands and she got us off to the start we needed. The confidence started to grow for this group as the second half went along. Kayla Woodward was big offensively in the second half. She let the game come to her and made shots when she had opportunities. Then each and every player stepped up and did what they had to do. Jordan Sibrel played strong defensively and Fallon earned each and every rebound tonight.”
Out of the halftime break, the two teams exchanged baskets until a five straight by the Cowgirls made the lead 36-29 Wyoming. They would increase the lead to 11, 44-33, with a 9-4 run. Ellen Nystrom hit a shot to cut the lead to nine, 44-35, with 15:26 left in the game. Wyoming would score the next eight straight to make it a 17-point game, 52-35. The Rams went over three minutes until a basket from Elin Gustavsson. A 14-4 run over a six minute stretch extended the Cowgirl lead to 25, 66-41, with 5:35 remaining. The two teams played even down the stretch as Wyoming came away with the 75-49 victory.
Dent finished the night with her 12th double-figure scoring game of the season, while shooting 12-19 from the field and 3-4 from the free throw line. She also recorded three assists and two steals on the night. Kayla Woodward recorded 18 points and seven rebounds, while Kaitlyn Mileto chipped in 13 points. Fallon Lewis recorded her 11th double-figure rebounding game with 12. The Cowgirls shot 49.1 percent (16-25) from the field and 71.4 percent (10-14) from the free throw line.
Colorado State was led by Gustavsson with a team high 16 points along with six rebounds. Nystrom added 12 points and a team high eight rebounds followed by Sam Martin with six points. The Rams shot 32.3 percent (21-65) from the field and 15.0 percent (3-20) from beyond the arc. They out rebounded the Cowgirls 40-38.
Wyoming got on the board early 4-0 with two baskets from Dent. A field goal by Gustavsson got the Rams on the board with 18 minutes on the clock. Dent scored another basket to give the Cowgirls a 6-2 lead going into the first media timeout. Wyoming extended the lead to six, 12-6, as Dent scored the first 12 points for the Cowgirls. Colorado State closed the gap to two, 12-10, with a 4-0 run. After a basket by Mileto, the Rams scored eight straight to take their first lead of the game, 18-14. Lewis hit a shot to stop the scoreless, which started a 7-2 run to give UW the 21-20 advantage. Gritt Ryder put the Rams back up 22-21, but the Cowgirls closed out the half on an 8-3 run to take a 29-25 lead into the locker room.
Dent led all scorers with 16 followed by Mileto with eight and Woodward with three. Lewis had a team high seven rebounds. Wyoming shot 12-32 (.375) from the field and 3-11 (.273) from beyond the arc. CSU was led by Martin with six followed by Nystrom and Gustavsson with five. Nystrom had seven rebounds. The Rams shot 11-32 (.344) from the field and out rebounded UW 25-18.
Wyoming will be on the road for the next two contests. The Cowgirls will take on the Air Force Academy Falcons, on Wednesday, Feb. 26, and the Boise State Broncos, on Saturday, March 1.