Jan. 29, 2014
By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
LARAMIE, Wyo. - The Fresno State women's basketball team ran into a hot-shooting Wyoming Cowgirls team that hit nine 3-pointers to help them defeat the Bulldogs 87-76 on Wednesday in the Arena Auditorium.
The nine three's allowed are the most by the Bulldogs in Mountain West play and the most since giving up 12 to No. 4 Stanford on Dec. 28.
This was just the second double-digit loss for the Bulldogs in two seasons of Mountain West play. Fresno State fell to 12-8 overall and 6-3 in the conference while Wyoming improved to 13-6 overall and 4-3 in league action.
"Laramie is a tough place to win at," head coach Raegan Pebley said. "Opening the game with quick fouls got us playing a little tentative. There is no way you are going to win in Laramie when you allow a team to shoot nearly 50 percent and only force nine turnovers. We got a little too reactive instead of proactive tonight."
Senior guard Taylor Thompson led the Bulldogs with 17 points and six rebounds.
Center Jacinta Vandenberg matched her career-high with 15 points, had eight rebounds and three blocks.
Wyoming shot 49.2 percent on the night and only had nine turnovers when Fresno State came into the game forcing an average of 17.5 turnovers per game.
The Cowgirls were led by guards Kayla Woodward and Kaitlyn Mileto. Mileto was 7-of-15 from the field and 5-of-10 from 3-point land for 21 points to go with five rebounds and four assists. Woodward, the conference's third-leading scorer, had 20 points on 8-of-17 shooting while going 4-of-7 from the three.
Fallon Lewis added 14 points and nine rebounds for Wyoming.
Mileto hit three 3-pointers in the first 11 minutes of the game, including two in an 20-3 Wyoming run over a six-minute span that allowed the Cowgirls to take a 31-16 lead.
Fresno State had its chances to cut into the lead more, but the shots were not falling in that first half when the 'Dogs were 11-of-31 from the field with eight turnovers. Wyoming held a 44-30 lead at the break.
Woodward hit a pair of 3-pointers to open the second half and help the Cowgirls open up a 54-36 lead on the 'Dogs.
The Bulldogs did come out and connect on eight of their first h13 shots of the second half, but continued to give up 3-pointers. Wyoming still led by double-figures, 65-52 with just under 12 minutes left to play.
Wyoming slowly pulled away the rest of the second half, leading by as many as 20 with 7:29 remaining.
The Bulldogs are off on Saturday and next return to the court on Feb. 5 when they host Air Force at the Save Mart Center.
"Catch the Wave" - ESPN2 790 AM is the home of the Fresno State women's basketball team.
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