Kayla Woodward (UW)
(Laramie, Wyo.) — Double-doubles from Kayla Woodward and Fallon Lewis helped the Cowgirl basketball team to a 23-point win, 103-80, over the San José State Spartans, on Saturday afternoon. The 103 points were the most scored by Wyoming this season and the 15th 100-point game in school history. The Cowgirls are now 17-6 overall on the season and 8-4 in the Mountain West while the Spartans drop to 10-14 overall and 4-9 in league play.
“I’m exhausted and I didn’t even have to get up and down the floor. The pace of the game was unbelievable and we kept asking our players to keep pushing and San Jose State kept pushing,” said head coach Joe Legerski. “The game was centered on the fact that we went small for the first time. Our fives had a tough time matching up, so we brought in Kaylee (Hoffman) and Jasmine (Davis) to give us the ability to be able to defend and attack the pressure. Kaylee gave us good energy especially her block from behind which we work on in practice. For Kayla, Kaitlyn and Fallon, they went out and do what they do. The combination of how we had to play to win and the big three scorers stepping up and playing at a high level resulted in the victory tonight.”
Out of the halftime break, the two teams played fairly even as Wyoming even increased their lead by one, 68-48. The Spartans chipped away at the lead with an 8-0 run to close the gap to 12, 68-56. Baskets by Lewis and Woodward ended the run and got the lead back to 16, 72-56. San José State continued to battle back and went on an 11-6 run to make it an 11-point game, 78-67, with nine minutes left in the game. Five straight points including a big three from Mileto made it a 16 point game, 83-67. Wyoming was solid down the stretch holding the Spartans to just 13 points and built up the lead to come away with the 103-80 victory.
Woodward tied her career high with 29 points, plus 10 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season. She was 11-18 from the field and 4-8 from beyond the arc. Lewis finished with a career high 26 points while bringing down 12 rebounds on the night while Kaitlyn Mileto finished with 24 points. Sophomore Marquelle Dent was one point shy of a double-double with nine points and ten assists. Wyoming shot 34-67 (.507) from the field and 11-23 (.478) from the three-point line. The Cowgirls out rebounded SJSU, 51-40, and had 25 assists on 34 baskets.
Four of five starters finished the night in double-figures for the Spartans. Rebecca Woodberry recorded a team high 18 points and seven rebounds. Ta’Rea Cunnigan, the league’s second leading scorer, finished with 14 points followed by Classye James with 12 and Britta Hall with 11. San Jose State was 31-81 (.383) from the field and 11-39 (.282) from beyond the arc.
The Cowgirls jumped out early with two three-point field goals and a pair of free throws to take an 8-0 lead. Two straight baskets from Woodberry pulled the Spartans to within two, 8-6. The two teams played even over the next three minute stretch as San José State would tie it up at 13 all. Woodward hit a three-point field goal to give the Cowgirls a 16-13 lead heading into first media timeout. The Spartans would even up the score at 19, but Wyoming went on a 7-2 run to extend the lead to five, 26-21. Next time down the, SJSU cut the lead to two, 26-24. Five straight from UW made it a six-point contest, 31-24, with ten minutes left in the half. After a basket by Jasmine Smith, the Cowgirls ran of 16 of the next 18 to increase the lead to 19, 47-28. James hit a shot to end a three minute scoring drought for San José State which would start an 8-1 run to close the lead to 13, 48-36. The Cowgirls responded with an 11-5 run to close out the half to take a 59-41 lead into the locker room.
Woodward led all scorers with 20 along with six rebounds. Mileto followed with 18 while Lewis had nine and a team high seven rebounds. The Cowgirls shot 21-36 (.583) from the field and 7-15 (.467) from the three-point line. San José State was led by Rebecca Woodberry with 14 points and four rebounds. They were 15-40 (.375) from the field and 7-22 (.318) from three. Wyoming out rebounded the Spartans, 29-15, and had 26 points in the paint.
Wyoming returns to action on Wednesday, Feb. 19, against the Fresno State Bulldogs. The game is set for 8:00 p.m. MT in Fresno.