From Wyoming Athletics, Amy Dambro
SAN DIEGO, Calif. — After building a 20-point second half lead, the Cowgirl basketball team held off a San Diego State comeback to defeat the Aztecs, 69-60, on Wednesday night.
It was the first conference road win for UW as three players finished the night in double-figures.
Wyoming moves to 16-6 overall on the season and 7-4 in the Mountain West while the Aztecs drop to 8-13 overall and 5-6 in league play.
“We are not a team that normally plays a zone defense,” head coach Joe Legerski told Wyoming Athletics. “We took a look at the film and knew it would be difficult to handle San Diego State’s inside game,” he explained.
“We didn’t want to put anyone in a one on one situation, so it was easier to zone up. We also knew that we had to do a good job rebounding. The Aztecs lead the league in offensive rebounds and we talked about keep them to about 15. Finally, we also had to hit some three and we did.”
Wyoming led 50-30 with 11 minutes to go, but a 10-2 run by the Aztecs closed the gap to 11 points, and eventually to single digits.
The Aztecs battled back to within five, 63-58. Field goals by Marquelle Dent and Kayla Woodward gave the Cowgirls a nine-point lead, 67-58, and they would hold on for the 69-60 victory.
Three of five starters scored in double-figures led by Mileto. She recorded 20 points while shooting 7-15 from the field. Kayla Woodward followed with 17 points while Fallon Lewis was one rebound shy of a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds. Junior Jordan Sibrel recorded a career high 11 rebounds on the night. The Cowgirls shot 23-54 (.426) including 10-23 (.435) in the second half, 9-27 (.333) from beyond the arc and 14-18 (.778) from the charity stripe. UW out rebounded the Aztecs, 36-34, and had 18 assists on 23 baskets.
Warren finished with 14 points plus five rebounds for the Aztecs. Khristina Hunter added ten points and a team high seven rebounds, while Danesha Long also recorded ten points.
San Diego State shot 23-63 (.365) from the field and 10-15 (.667) from the free throw line.
Wyoming will close out the week on Saturday, Feb. 15, as they host the San José State Spartans. The game is set for 2:00 p.m. in the Arena-Auditorium. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game.
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