Cowgirl Basketball Wins Big Over Falcons

Jan. 30, 2010


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Behind some hot shooting from beyond the arc, the Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team (13-6 overall, 4-3 Mountain West Conference) earned a 61-point victory, 98-37, over the Air Force Falcons (3-17 overall, 0-7 MWC), on Saturday afternoon, in Laramie.

"I thought the game was determined in the first half. You don't go into the game with a plan to shoot 84% in the first half," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "I thought our execution was tremendous. We found Hillary on the inside, everyone stepped up and knocked down shots on the perimeter with 20 three-point field goals, it shows the focus and effort from everyone. I'm probably the most pleased with the fact that we had 34 assists on 37 field goals made.

"Jade Kennedy did a great job almost recording a triple-double with 15 points, seven rebounds and nine assists. There were so many players that stepped up. Our young players, Leah Fitzgerald, Chaundra Sewell, Bec Campigli and Sara Wilson, each showed great composure and the ability to execute."

All ten players for the Cowgirls scored on the day led by junior Hillary Carlson. She recorded 21 points, five assists and five blocked shots, while shooting 10-11 from the field. Freshman Sara Wilson recorded a career high 17 points, followed by Jade Kennedy with 15 points and Randi Richardson with 12. Wyoming shot a season high 37-49 (.755) from the field and 20-30 (.571) from beyond the arc. The 20 three-point field goals made broke the single-game record which was 14 against Dakota State (12/12/09) and Air Force (2/5/04). The 37 points allowed was also the least amount of points give up by the Cowgirls this season.

Air Force was led by junior Raimee Beck who recorded a team high nine points, while bringing down four rebounds. Kelsey Berger added five points and three assists. The Falcons shot 15-61 (.246) from the field and just 4-24 (.167) from beyond the arc.

After a three-point basket by Air Force to begin the game, the Cowgirls scored the next 11 straight to take an 11-3 lead through the first media timeout. Out of the break, they would continue the run with another five points to make it 16-3. The Falcons would go almost five minutes until a Raimee Beck lay-up ended the drought. Wyoming continued to dominate as they went on a 19-2 run to give them a 28-point lead, 35-7, with just under nine minutes to go in the half. Air Force would finally reach double-figures with a three-point field goal by Alicia Leipprandt. The Cowgirls would clamp down defensively and hold the Falcons to just two field goals as they took a 52-14 led into the lockerroom.

Each team would trade a couple of baskets right out of halftime as the Cowgirls continued to hold their lead. With the score 62-20 in favor of Wyoming, they would go on a run of 17-5 over a six minute period to extend the lead to 56, 79-23. With a 10-17 shooting performance in the second half, the Cowgirls would maintain a significant lead as they went on to the 98-37 win.

The Cowgirls are back out on the road to complete the first part of conference play. They will take on the UNLV Lady Rebels, on Tuesday, Feb. 2, in Las Vegas. The game is set to begin at 9:00 p.m. Mountain Time and will be broadcast on The Mountain Sports Television Network.