Jan. 28, 2009
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
Behind a career high 21 points from freshman Kristen Scheffler, the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (10-9 overall, 2-4 MWC) earned a 52-41 victory over the Air Force Academy Falcons (4-15 overall, 0-6 MWC), on Wednesday night in Colorado Springs.
"We knew that it would be a difficult game tonight," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "Air Force plays hard for 40 minutes, and if you allow them to shoot the basketball they will make shots. I thought tonight we did a great job defensively, holding them to shooting 22 percent and more importantly the job that Randi Richardson was able to do on their leading scorer. Offensively, Kristen Scheffler carried us in the first half especially with her three-point shooting, plus with her shooting from the free throw line. We also got some play off the bench tonight. Jade Kennedy did a good job and Hillary Carlson got going at the end."
Wyoming was led by Scheffler, who tied her career high with 21 points. She was 5-8 from beyond the arc and 6-7 from the free throw line. Hillary Carlson followed with 13 points and six rebounds. Megan McGuffey was the leading rebounder with seven. Wyoming shot 16-50 (.320) from the field and 14-18 (.778) from the free throw line.
The Falcons were led by Brooke Cultra with 16 points and ten rebounds. Kim Kreke added nine points and ten boards. As a team, Air Force shot 13-58 (.224) from the field and just 2-9 (.222) from beyond the arc, while out rebounding the Cowgirls 42-39.
Air Force scored the first two baskets to take an early 4-0 lead, but a Scheffler three-point shot to get the Cowgirls on the board. The Falcons responded with six straight points to extend the lead back to six, 9-3, through the first media time-out. After going almost four minutes without scoring, Scheffler would hit another three-point basket to end the drought. That would start a 5-0 run for Wyoming to pull them to within one, 9-8. A free throw by the Falcons gave them a two point lead, 10-8, which was answered with an Emma Langford basket to tie it up at ten all with 10:47 on the clock. The Cowgirls would then score the next six straight points to take a six point lead, 16-10. Air Force went over three minutes before a Kreke bucket which made it 16-12. Wyoming pulled ahead by eight, 20-12, with four unanswered points. The Falcons went on a bit of a run to close out the half, but the Cowgirls took a 22-16 lead into the locker room.
It was low scoring through the first four minutes of the second half as the two teams combined for just five points. With the score 24-19 in favor of the Cowgirls, they would score six of the next eight to get the lead to double-figures, 31-21. Air Force tried to chip away at the lead with five straight points to make it 31-26. Wyoming answered with a 7-2 run to regain a 10-point advantage, 38-28, with just under nine minutes to go in the game. Over the next several minutes, the two teams traded points as the Falcons pulled to within eight, 41-33. Each team scored a basket around the 4:30 mark in the half and then both teams went a couple of minutes without scoring until a Hillary Carlson three-point play got the Cowgirls back up to a 13-point lead, 46-33. The Falcons were never able to pull any closer than 11 as free throws would seal the victory for Wyoming.
Wyoming will return home to close out the week. They will host the BYU Cougars, on Saturday, January 31, 2009. The game is set to begin at 2 p.m.