Fresno State's women's basketball team remains winless in Wyoming.
With their full-court pressure ineffective, their defensive rotations slow and their outside shots off as well for most of Wednesday night, the Bulldogs fell behind by as many as 20 points before losing to the Cowgirls 87-76 in a Mountain West Conference game.
The Bulldogs (12-8, 6-3) are 0-8 all-time in Laramie.
Fresno State forced just nine turnovers -- eight below the Bulldogs' season-average on defense -- and allowed Wyoming to shoot 49.2% from the field, including 45% on 3-pointers.
The Cowgirls consistently got open outside looks and uncontested shots when driving to the basket.
"There's no way you can win in Laramie when you're allowing a team to shoot 50% and get them to turn over the ball only nine times," Bulldogs coach Raegan Pebley said. "We played tentative defensively. I think some of that was from opening the game with some quick fouls on us. But our off-ball defense was really delayed in our rotation.
"And give Wyoming credit. They handled our press well."
The Cowgirls (13-5, 4-3), who have alternated wins and losses throughout conference play, came out blazing and seemingly well prepared to navigate through the Bulldogs' pressure.
Kayla Woodward and Kaitlyn Mileto essentially took turns launching wide-open shots. Wyoming drained five of its first seven 3-pointers.
When the Cowgirls weren't taking open 3s, they were driving inside for uncontested layups, usually after passing their way out of Fresno State's press and then attacking -- and finishing -- at the rim.
That combination allowed Wyoming to go on a 20-3 run at one point and enter the break ahead 44-30.
Fresno State shot just 35.5% from the field in the first half. No player seemed to have their shot going except center Jacinta Vandenberg, with her close looks around the basket.
Vandenberg finished the game with 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting, though point guard Taylor Thompson led Fresno State with 17.
Thompson was just 5 of 14 from the field and an uncharacteristic 6 of 9 on free throws. She also played the final 10 minutes with four fouls, picking up two quick ones early. Thompson entered Wednesday averaging just 1.5 fouls per game.
Senior Bree Farley, one of the Bulldogs' top scorers, also had a quiet night and contributed just six points in 34 minutes. She averages 11.5 and was coming off a 16-point game Saturday against UNLV.
Fresno State played its third straight game without forward Alex Sheedy, who didn't make the trip as she recovers from a lower-leg injury.
"Bree is going to need to stay consistent for us, especially with Sheedy out," Pebley said.
Mileto scored a game-high 21, hitting 5 of 10 3-pointers. Woodward scored 20 and was 4 of 7 behind the arc. They entered tied for second in the conference in 3's made per game.
Fresno State vs. Air Force
Wednesday: 7 p.m. at the Save Mart Center
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