LARAMIE, Wyo. (Feb. 4, 2017) — The Wyoming women’s
basketball (17-5 overall, 9-2 MW) scored 20 first quarter points on its way to
a 73-41 victory over the Air Force Falcons (3-17, 1-9 MW) on Saturday
Junior Marleah Campbell recorded a season-high 13 points off the bench in six minutes of action. Sophomore Clara Tapia added 11 points and three assists followed by junior Liv Roberts with ten points and a game-high eight rebounds. The Cowgirls were 26-49 (.531) from the field and 14-22 (.636) from the free throw line. UW out rebounded the Falcons, 36-25, had 36 points in the paint and 35 points off the bench.
“We off to a great start both offensively and defensively,” head coach Joe Legerski said. “I thought our execution was very good on both ends of the court. Most of the time, people think about execution offensively but we did what we wanted to on the defensive side. We talked at halftime that we needed to come out strong and I thought in the third quarter we did that. We scored seven quick points and really set the tone to finish out the game. We were also able to clear out our bench even before the end of the third. I enjoyed that it allowed other players to get an opportunity to play but the loudest people on the bench were the starters. They stayed engaged in the game and encouraged their teammates. In the end this was a great team victory and it’s one to enjoy.”
Air Force was led by freshman Kailin Davis with 13 points followed by junior Dee Bennett with nine points and a team-high seven rebounds. The Falcons shot 14-46 (.304) from the field and 10-16 (.625) from the free throw line.
Out of the break, the Cowgirls increased the lead to 26, 44-18, with a 7-0 run. A three-point play by Bennett ended the scoreless stretch for the Falcons. Wyoming scored 12 of the final 20 points of the third to take a 56-29 advantage. The bench contributed all 17 of the fourth quarter points including 13 from Campbell as the Cowgirls went on to the easy 73-41 win.
It was slow going for both teams to begin the game as they combined for six points through the first media timeout. Wyoming responded with 12 straight points to increase the lead to 14, 16-2. A basket by Bennett ended a six minute scoring drought for the Falcons, but the Cowgirls scored the final four points to take a 20-4 lead after one. UW would push the lead to 21, 25-4, with a 5-0 run to begin the second frame. Free throws by Davis ended the run to make it 25-6. The teams combined for 24 points the remainder of the way with the Cowgirls taking a 37-18 advantage in to the locker room.
Roberts led all scorers with eight points along with five boards. Tapia and sophomore Rachelle Tucker each chipped in seven points. The Cowgirls shot 14-26 (.538) from the field and 6-8 (.750) from the free throw line. Air Force was led by Bennett and junior Erika Chapman with six points each. The Falcons shot 8-24 (.333) from the field. The 18 points tied for the lowest given up by the Cowgirls in a first half.
Wyoming will return to the road for a match-up against Fresno State on Wednesday. The game is set for an 8 p.m. MT tip-off at SaveMart Center in Fresno.