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Cowgirls pound Air Force 73-32

Feb 27, 2014 - The Associated Press

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- University of Wyoming junior Kaitlyn Mileto got a personal milestone out of the way early Wednesday at Air Force.

The Cowgirls needed a little longer to find some rhythm against the Falcons. But there was no doubt by halftime that Wyoming had this one in the bag.

Mileto hit two 3-pointers early in the game to hit the 1,000-point mark for her career and Wyoming closed the first half on a 20-3 run to beat Air Force 73-32 at Clune Arena. The story was reported by the Wyoming Tribune Eagle.

Wyoming (19-7 overall, 10-5 Mountain West) now is tied in the loss column with Boise State, Fresno State and Nevada for second place in the MW. Air Force (1-24, 0-15 MW) hasn't won since beating North Dakota State on Dec. 6.

Mileto hit the 1,000-point before plenty of family and friends as the Colorado Springs, Colo., product finished with 14 points, four rebounds and four assists. With three 3-pointers, Mileto also passed Courtney Stapp for the No. 4 spot all-time in 3-pointers for the Cowgirls with 185 and now sits just 30 behind all-time leader Shelby Hoffman.

Mileto joined fellow junior Kayla Woodward in eclipsing the milestone this season. The duo become the first-ever set of Cowgirls juniors to pass 1,000 points in the same season.

"I wasn't really thinking about it," Mileto said. "I go into every game thinking I'm going to win it for Wyoming. If that milestone comes, it comes. I took the shots that were open and it happened to be two threes.

"It's cool because I joined Kayla, which is awesome to do it beside such a great player and to say we did it in our junior seasons."

Woodward led Wyoming with 19 points and had six rebounds in 23 minutes of playing time. Sophomore Marquelle Dent added 12 points and nine assists and freshman Kaylie Rader came off the bench to score eight points.

Wednesday marked the first time this season all five Wyoming starters played less than 30 minutes.

Despite the blowout win, Wyoming actually had a little trouble getting started against the Falcons. Maybe it was a little bit of a hangover after Saturday's blowout win against Colorado State, but UW led just 14-8 with 10 minutes gone in the first half. But a 20-3 run to end the Shalf gave Wyoming a 34-11 lead. The 11 points were the fewest allowed by Wyoming in a half this season.

"We always talk about having fun and at halftime I questioned where was all the excitement?" UW coach Joe Legerski said. "You're up 20 at half and we're not having the same energy that we had in previous games. (Wednesday) was very workmanlike."

Added Mileto: "We knew we had to come out focused and we had to play the game just like we did against CSU and play inspired and have fun. We came out a little flat, but we picked it up and got back into our groove."

The lead reached as many as 45 points in the final 20 minutes. The 32 points Air Force scored were the fewest given up by Wyoming since Feb. 16, 2008, also against Air Force.

Wyoming now heads to Boise State at 2 p.m. Saturday.

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