Behind 19 points from Kaitlyn Mileto, the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (20-6 overall, 9-4 MW) pulled out 64-60 win over the UNLV Lady Rebels (10-17 overall, 6-7 MW) on Saturday afternoon in Las Vegas.
"I tell people it's all about players and they need to execute," said head coach Joe Legerski. "It came down to the end Chaundra Sewell hit a tough basket and you put those players in the position in order to be successful. UNLV had all of the momentum. It was a big win for the Wyoming program."
Three Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures led Kaitlyn Mileto. She finished her night with 19 points plus four assists in 40 minutes of play. Kayla Woodward add 15 points and a team high nine rebounds, followed by Ashley Sickles with 12. Wyoming shot 25-55 (.455) from the field and had 18 assists on 25 baskets.
UNLV was led by Rejane Verin with 19 points and seven rebounds. Kelli Thompson followed with 16 points and four rebounds. The Lady Rebels shot 24-64 (.375) from the field and 3-18 (.167) from beyond the arc.
It was a defensive battle through the first media timeout as Kaitlyn Mileto scored the first five points for the Cowgirls to give them the early 5-0 advantage. Danielle Miller would hit a three-point basket at the 14:40 mark to get the Lady Rebels on the board. That was followed by an Amie Callaway bucket to even up the score at five all. Mileto hit another shot to put Wyoming ahead by three 8-5 which was answered by four straight points by UNLV to give them their first lead of the game, 9-8. Ashley Sickles would put the Cowgirls up two, 11-9, which ended a small scoreless stretch. The Lady Rebels responded with a 7-2 run to give them a three-point advantage, 16-13. Chaundra Sewell would take it strong to the basket to pull UW to within one, 16-15, but a three-point field goal by Amanda Anderson put the score back to four, 19-15, with seven minutes left in the half. Started by a three-point field goal by Kayla Woodward, the Cowgirls scored 12 of the next 14 to regain a six point lead, 27-21. After a basket by Rejane Verin, Wyoming would close out the half on a 7-2 run to take a 34-25 lead into the locker room.
Mileto led all Cowgirl scorers with 11 in her 20 minutes of play. Ashley Sickles added eight points while Woodward finished with six points and six rebounds. Wyoming was 13-29 (.448) from the field and 6-12 (.500) from beyond the arc. UNLV was led by Rejane Verin with six points and three rebounds. Two other players recorded five points each. The Lady Rebels were 9-33 (.273) from the field and 5-5 (1.00) from the charity stripe.
Wyoming seemed to pick up the pace on the offensive end as they scored 7 of the first 11 to increase the lead to double-figures, 41-29. Out of the break, Mileto hit another three to give her 17 in the game to make it 44-29. Rejane Verin would hit a shot to slow down the Cowgirls and then both teams combined for eight points as UW continued to lead, 48-33. After the under 12 media timeout, the Lady Rebels scored 13 points straight points to close the gap to two, 48-46, as Wyoming went cold. A three-point play by Chaundra Sewell would end a four minute scoreless drought to get the lead back to five, 51-46. Verin scored on the next UNLV possession to close it to three, 51-48, with seven minutes on the clock. The Cowgirls responded with a 9-4 run to get the lead back to eight, 60-52. The Lady Rebels chipped away at the lead and scored eight points to even it up with 1:11 left. A big basket by Chaundra Sewell made it a 62-60 score with 42.2 showing on the clock. UNLV had a couple of chances at a basket but a turnover from the Lady Rebels gave Wyoming the ball with 4.5 seconds to go in the game. Free throws by Chelan Landry with 2.9 to go would seal the 64-60 win for the Cowgirls.
The Cowgirls will return to the friendly confines of the Arena-Auditorium for the next two games. They will host the Air Force Academy Falcons, on Wednesday, Feb. 27, and the New Mexico Lobos, on Saturday, March. 2. Live stats can be followed on www.gowyo.com.
Courtesy Wyoming Media Realtions