Feb. 5, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Despite holding a 13-point lead at one point in the game, the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (12-8 overall, 3-4 in the MWC) fell to the Air Force Academy Falcons (7-13 overall, 2-4 in the MWC) in overtime by the final of 69-66, on Saturday afternoon, in Colorado Springs.
The Cowgirls were led by Ashley Elliott who finished the night with 15 points, followed by Erin Hicks who recorded 11 points and 11 rebounds. As a team, Wyoming was 20-53 (.377) from the field, but a dismal 6-23 (261) from beyond the arc.
Air Force was led by Alicia Steele and Lauren Henderson who both finished with 15 points. Steele also led the way with nine rebounds. The Falcons shot 27-67 (.403) from the field.
Wyoming struck first with five early points but the Falcons scored the next six of seven to even things up at six all. The Cowgirls responded with a 15-4 run to open up a double-digit lead of the game, 21-10, which was answered with six points from the Falcons to pull within five, 21-16. A couple of quick baskets from UW helped them regain a
26-16 lead as they would close out the half with a small run to take their largest lead of the game 34-22.
The Cowgirls were led at the half by senior Kristen Lenhardt, who finished with ten points and four rebounds. She was followed by three players with six. As a team, Wyoming shot 11-24 (.458) from the field and 5-12 (.417) from beyond the arc, while out rebounding the Falcons, 19-14.
Air Force was led at halftime by Letricia Castillo who had six points followed by Jennifer Roesch and Alecia Steele with four. Three players finished with three rebounds. The Falcons shot 9-29 (.310) from the field.
Both teams started off the second half pretty sluggish, but a 9-5 run from the Falcons made a dent in to the Cowgirl lead, 39-31. An Erin Hicks basket gave them a double-digit lead, unfortunately Air Force wouldn't go away. Over the next five minutes, the Falcons went on a 13-3 run to even things up at 44 all, while the Cowgirls went almost three minutes during that time without a basket. Finally, a jumper from Sara Hippen broke that scoring drought and they went on a 7-0 run to go back up 51-44. Unfortunately, they couldn't hang on as they were out scored 15-5 by Air Force as they took the lead 59-56. It looked like it was over but with the clock winding down, Kristen Lenhardt hit a three-point field goal to force it in to overtime, 59-59.
In the overtime, the Cowgirls scored the first basket which was answered by Air Force as they went up by three, 64-61. Wyoming evened it up at, but the Falcons scored the final five points to come away with the win, 69-66.
"We really get in to a rhythm tonight in this game," said head coach Joe Legerski. "The foul trouble hurt us early with Hanna and Kristen, which really changed up our line-up out on the court. You have to give credit to Air Force they came out and played with more intensity, a sense of urgency that we were lacking. We gave up too many offensive rebounds in the second half, and I thought that was a big part of the basketball game, along with the second opportunities that we gave the Falcons."
The Cowgirls will be at home next week as they host the Utah Utes, on Thursday night, at 7:00 p.m. and the BYU Cougars, on Saturday afternoon, at 2:00 p.m.