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Behind Woodward's 23 points, Cowgirls pound UNLV
Jan 24, 2013 - The Associated Press
University of Wyoming women's basketball coach Joe Legerski has never been concerned this season with his team's lack of effort.
Legerski also doesn't mind the productivity his Cowgirls are showing, either.
UW sophomore Kayla Woodward had game highs of 23 points and six assists Wednesday night against UNLV and the Cowgirls never trailed in beating the Lady Rebels 76-54 at the Arena-Auditorium.
The dominating performance came three days after Wyoming's worst loss of the season, a 66-43 setback at San Diego State.
Wyoming (14-4 overall, 3-2 Mountain West) has yet to lose back-to-back games this season.
"I know what type of team we are and we've shown up each and every night," Legerski said. "Some nights we're on the wrong end of the scoreboard, but the commitment is there and we play at a very high level. The consistency is showing through."
Wyoming won in every phase of the game against the Lady Rebels (6-13, 2-3 MW).
The biggest plus for the Cowgirls may have come in the turnover department. UW committed just 10 turnovers (four in the final three minutes), compared to 17 for UNLV. Wyoming held a 24-12 margin in points off turnovers in the game.
"Honestly I think we were in control of the game," Woodward said. "We just moved the ball really well and rebounded. We stayed composed and it shows pretty well when you stay composed."
Wyoming used runs of 10-2 and 11-0 in the first half to lead by as many as 16 points before settling for a 41-29 halftime lead.
A 15-7 Cowgirl run at the start of the second half pushed the lead to 20 points. UW led by as many as 25 points on several occasions in the second half and UNLV never got closer than 21 down the stretch.
Woodward was 8 of 14 from the field and a perfect 4 of 4 on free throws for her 23 points, the fourth time this season the Sheridan product has scored 20 or more points.
Cowgirls senior Chaundra Sewell added 16 points and seven rebounds despite getting into some foul trouble in the first half.
Fellow senior Ashley Sickles had 10 points and six boards while sophomore Kaitlyn Mileto chipped in eight points.
Wyoming also got solid contributions off the bench. Senior Brenna Freeze filled in nicely when Sewell went to the bench, scoring five first-half points. Junior Fallon Lewis added five points and junior Aubry Boehme scored four.
"I thought we got important minutes off the bench tonight from Brenna and Aubry," Legerski said.
"Chaundra was in foul trouble and Brenna came in to give us a nice lift to give us five points. Aubry did a tremendous job defensively and wound up with four points.
"I like the way we're able to go to our bench and get very valuable minutes accomplished."
UNLV senior Kelli Thompson led UNLV with 18 points.