Kaitlyn Mileto scored 18 points and played shutdown defense to help the Cowgirls beat Boise State, 55-48, on Saturday in the Arena-Auditorium.
“Katilyn Mileto played both ends of the floor very well,” said Wyoming Coach Joe Legerski. “She plays with a calmness on offense and she gets to and challenges people defensively.”
Mileto was charged with guarding the Broncos leading scorer, Deanna Weaver. She went 1-for-10 from the field and scored just 3 points on the night, a season low.
“We helped each other and that’s what our defense comes down to,” said Mileto. “We all have each other’s back. We all pick each other up. It makes my job and everyone else’s job a lot easier when you know your teammates have your back.”
BSU (6-8, 1-2) took a 47-46 lead with 3:35 left in the game on two free throws from Miquelle Askew. Wyoming went on a 9-1 run to close out the game, grabbing three offensive rebounds and making 7 free throws to secure the win.
“This group won 24 games a year ago, finished third in the league, was a shot away from playing in a championship game, and they’ve developed some confidence to know that they can win basketball games,” said Legerski. “And when you win a game like today, it just reinforces that to you, that you can find a way to win in the last four minutes.”
Wyoming (11-3, 2-1) was up 24-16 in the first half, but missed opportunities at the free throw line, hitting just 4-of-12 attempts and missing the front end of every one-and-one opportunity in the first half. They went into halftime with a 28-26 lead.
UW got 12 points from Marquelle Dent and 9 points and 11 rebounds from Fallon Lewis. Wyoming shot 33.3 percent (18-54) from the field, 28.6 percent (4-14) from 3-point range and 57.7 percent (15-26) from the free thrown line.
BSU was led by Askew and Yaiza Rodriguez with 12 points each and Lexie Der who had 11 points and 10 rebounds. The Broncos shot 30.6 percent (19-62) from the field, 25.0 percent (4-16) from beyond the arc and 85.7 percent (6-7) from the free throw line.
The Cowgirls will continue conference play on Saturday, Jan. 18th when they play at San Jose State. The game is set to tip at 3:00 p.m. MT.