Jan. 22, 2011
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (14-4 overall, 4-1 MWC) recorded a 42-point victory, 96-54, over the Air Force Academy Falcons (6-12 overall, 1-4 MWC) on Saturday afternoon in Laramie.
Nine of the ten players got in the scoring column led by senior Hillary Carlson. She finished with 27 points, just two shy of her career high, along with six rebounds and three blocked shots. Jade Kennedy followed with 15 points and a game high seven rebounds. Chaundra Sewell added 13 points, nine assists and five rebounds. The Cowgirls shot a season high 31-51 (.608) from the field and 29-41 (.707) from the free throw line, while out rebounding the Falcons, 45-29.
Air Force was led by Dymond James and Raimee Beck with 11 points each. Kelsey Berger added eight points off the bench. The Falcons shot 18-56 (.321) from the field and 4-11 (.364) from beyond the arc.
"Today was a basketball game that was nice to see the number of people score," said head coach Joe Legerski. "We had five players in double-digits and also got extended minutes from everyone. Hillary (Carlson) played half of the game and scored 27 points. I thought it was key today that everyone contributed when they stepped on the floor. The game was physical, which is in the nature of 50 fouls and the two teams combined for 63 foul shots. We responded well, especially coming out of halftime when we made a run. We also did a good job of getting the basketball inside tonight, and only taking 11 three-point shots."
Wyoming took an early 6-2 lead to begin the game, but the Falcons answered with an 11-0 run to take a seven point lead, 13-6. An Aubrey Vandiver basket would end the drought for the Cowgirls and started a 10-2 run to give them a 16-15 advantage. Both teams went several minutes without a basket. Vandiver would stop a three minute scoreless stretch for UW. Two free throws by Hillary Carlson and a basket from Jade Kennedy put them back up 22-15. They increased that margin to 14, 29-15, as the Falcons went ten minutes without scoring. Air Force would score five of the next eight to make it a 10-point game, 32-22. After a couple of free throws by Wyoming, a 7-1 run by the Falcons brought them to within seven, 36-29. Wyoming responded with 8 of 10 to close out the half to take a 44-31 lead into the lockerroom.
The Cowgirls played a solid first four minutes of the second half as they went on a 15-3 run to give them a 25-point advantage, 59-34. Air Force would hit their first field goal of the half with a Kelsey Berger three-point basket at the 15:12 mark. Wyoming answered with 12 of the next 13 points to extend the lead to 71-38. Both teams played even over the next several minutes as the Cowgirls continued to lead 78-45 with 8:34 left in the game. Wyoming remained in control the rest of the game as they went on to the 96-54 victory.
The Cowgirls will be on the road next time out as they travel to Las Vegas. They will face the UNLV Lady Rebels on Wednesday, Jan. 26. The game is set for 8:00 p.m. MT.