Cowboys Struggle But The Cowgirls Thrive Against Air Force
The University of Wyoming Cowboys and Cowgirls split their games versus Air Force Saturday on the basketball court.
The Cowboys lost at Air Force 73-50, while the Cowgirls won at home, 74-51.
Five Cowgirls scored in double figures, as they won for the third time in the last four games, 74-51, over Air Force in the Arena Auditorium.
Wyoming (10-11, 5-6) was led by Kaitlyn Mileto with 18 points. Kayla Woodward and Jordan Kelley scored 13 points apiece. Kaylie Rader added 11 off the bench, while Marquelle Dent chipped in ten points.
The Cowgirls broke the game open with an 18-4 run over a five minute stretch of the first half. They turned a tie game into a 22-8 lead by the mid-point of the first period. UW held Air Force to 22 percent shooting in the opening half, while the Cowgirls shot 62.5 percent.
The lead reached 31 points in the second half before UW began to back off.
Head coach Joe Legerski said, "Five players in double digits... it's just a team effort today and a very workman-like effort."
Air Force (2-20, 1-10) was led by Cortney Porter with 14 points.
The Cowgirls will host San Diego State Wednesday at 7 p.m.
The Cowboys struggled without Larry Nance Jr. and Alan Herndon and lost at Air Force 73-50.
Nance and Herndon were both out due to illness. Each is listed as day-to-day.
The Falcons shot 57 percent from the field and made ten 3-pointers. Air Force (11-12, 4-8) had four players score in double figures, led by Zach Kocur and Marek Olesinski with 14 points each.
It was 35-31 Air Force early in the second half, when the Falcons went on a 13-0 run to take control. The Pokes shot only 25 percent in the second half and were not able to make a push to get back in the game.
Wyoming (19-5, 8-3) got 11 points from Josh Adams and ten from Jason McManamen.
On his post-game radio show from Learfield Sports, head coach Larry Shyatt did not mince words.
"One of our poorest performances since we've been here. A lot of credit goes to Air Force... there's nothing that takes the sting away from us playing poorly."
The Cowboys will play at San Diego State Wednesday night at 9 p.m., Mountain Time.