Mileto records a career high 27 points
(Colorado Springs, Colo.) — Behind a career day from Kaitlyn Mileto, the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (15-4 overall, 4-2 MW) earned their first conference road win, 86-48, over the Air Force Falcons (2-16 overall, 1-4 MW) on Saturday afternoon in Colorado Springs.
“It was a complete basketball game tonight,” said head coach Joe Legerski. “It was important we get off to a fast start, which we did. I felt like Kaitlyn and Kayla were both good from the perimeter and Fallon Lewis gave us a good lift off the bench with her points and rebounds. Then we really got the transition game going in the third four minute segment in the half.
“We talked about the mentality to show up every night be able to play on the glass and rebound which we did tonight. It is how you show up from the beginning of the game and I liked how we had 23 assists on 29 baskets which means we really shared the basketball.”
Mileto finished the game with a career high 27 points plus three assists in 34 minutes of action. She was 8-12 from the field and 6-9 from beyond the arc. Kayla Woodward followed with 16 points and eight rebounds while Chaundra Sewell added nine points and a team high nine rebounds. The Cowgirls shot 29-59 (.492) from the field, 14-26 (.538) in the second half, 19-26 (.731) from the free throw line. They out rebounded the Falcons 47-29 and had 36 points in the paint.
Air Force was led by Camille Thompson with 15 points off the bench. Alicia Leipprandt added seven points while Dymond James recorded a team high eight rebounds. The Falcons shot 19-58 (.328) from the field.
Both teams scored within the first minute of the game and then went cold. It was almost three minutes before a three-point field goal by Kayla Woodward ended the drought for the Cowgirls to put them ahead 5-2. Out of the timeout, Kaitlyn Mileto hit another three give them an 8-2 advantage. A basket from Alicia Leipprandt stopped a five minute for the Falcons to bring them to within three, 8-5. Wyoming responded with a 14-0 run, which included seven points from Fallon Lewis, to extend their lead to double-figures, 22-5, with 11 minutes left in the half. A basket by Katie Hilbig ended another four minute scoring drought by AFA and started a 7-2 scoring run to cut into the lead, 24-12. Free throws by Chelan Landry followed by a Woodward basket extended the lead to 16, 28-12. Air Force scored the next five points to make it 28-17, with 6:26 left in the half. The Cowgirls responded with a 5-0 run of their own to make it 33-17. The Falcons would out score Wyoming in the last 3:35 but the Cowgirls still took a 40-25 lead into the locker room.
Woodward led all scorers with 12. She was 5-10 (.500) from the field and 2-3 (.667) from the field. Mileto followed with 11 points and Lewis added seven. The Cowgirls shot 15-33 (.455) from the field and 6-10 (.600) from beyond the arc. Air Force was led by Camille Thompson with nine points followed by Katie Hilbig with six points. The Falcons were 10-28 (.357) from the field.
A three-point field goal by Cherae Medina got Air Force on the board first in the second half to make the score 40-28. The Cowgirls responded with a 7-0 run to extend the lead to 19-points, 47-28, with 16:07 left in the half. Out of the media timeout, Alison Gorrell hit a pair of free throws which would start another 9-0 run including seven points by Mileto giving Wyoming a 56-28 advantage. A layup by Jimi Blagowsky would be only the second field goal of the second half for the Falcons and would stop a seven minute scoring drought. Leipprandt scored the next time down the court for Air Force, which was answered with 10 unanswered by the Cowgirls to increase the margin to 26, 66-32, with 8:34 remaining in the game. The two teams traded scores over the next several minutes as Wyoming even stretched the lead to 36, 77-41. Their lead was never in jeopardy as they came away with an 86-48 win.
The Cowgirls will continue conference action on the road as they face the New Mexico Lobos, on Wednesday, Jan. 30. The game is set for 7:00 p.m. Live stats can be followed on www.gowyo.com.