LARAMIE — The Wyoming women’s basketball team responded from a three-point loss over the weekend with an 87-76 victory over Fresno State on Wednesday at the Arena-Auditorium.
Junior guard Kaitlyn Mileto led all scorers with 21 points and forward Kayla Woodward added 20 for the Cowgirls (13-5, 4-3 Mountain West).
“This was a really nice win for our program,” UW coach Joe Legerski said in a release. “It was a game with a lot of possessions, teams attacking constantly and pressure on the ball.”
Woodward, who was coming off a four-point performance in Saturday’s loss at Nevada, and Mileto combined to shoot 9 of 20 from behind the arc.
The Cowgirls led 44-30 at the break and extended the margin to 20 points with 7 minutes, 29 seconds to play before Fresno State (12-8, 6-3) made a late run.
Fallon Lewis added 14 points for UW, with point guards Marquelle Dent and Chelan Landry both pitching in nine. Dent also added eight assists.
“We’ve been talking about being balanced and consistent,” Legerski said. “I look [Wednesday] and we had three players in double figures, two with nine and two with seven.”
Fresno State guard Robin Draper and center Jacinta Vandenberg contributed 17 and 15 points, respectively, for the Bulldogs.
Wyoming plays at Utah State on Saturday.
Fresno State holds off Cowboys
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Tyler Johnson scored 20 points and Fresno State went 8 of 8 from the free throw line in the final 2:57 to snap a five game losing streak, beating Wyoming 67-62 Wednesday night.
Johnson, who has now scored at least 20 points in six of the past eight games, shot 7 of 12 from the floor, finishing with eight rebounds and four assists.
Fresno State (9-13, 2-7 Mountain West) made just 5 of 17 from 3-point range but finished 24 of 45 (53.3 percent) from the field and committed just nine turnovers.
A pair of free throws by Larry Nance, Jr., pulled Wyoming (13-7, 4-3) within 63-59 with 55 seconds left. Johnson then missed a jumper but Alex Davis grabbed the offensive rebound and his put-back with 22 seconds left made it a six-point game.
Nance paced the Cowboys with 20 points.
Marvelle Harris scored 11 for the Bulldogs.