Wyoming Basketball Earns Double-Figure Win over Falcons

Feb. 23, 2011


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The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (20-6 overall, 10-3 MWC) earned their 20th victory of the season with an 81-57 victory over the Air Force Academy Falcons (8-18 overall, 3-10 MWC) on Wednesday night in Colorado Springs.

"Tremendous team effort tonight," said head coach Joe Legerski. "Four players in double-figures led by Hillary and Aubrey. I thought the contributions by Bec and Ashley were an important factor in this game. Ashley's three-point field goals in the first half when we were struggling and Bec gave us great extended minutes in the second half."

Four Cowgirls finished the game in double-figures led by Hillary Carlson and Aubrey Vandiver. Carlson recorded 23 points and a team high nine rebounds. Vandiver also added 23 points, five rebounds and four assists. Chaundra Sewell chipped in 14 points and six rebounds while Ashley Sickles added a career high 11 points. Wyoming shot 32-60 (.533) from the field and 9-20 (.450) from beyond the arc.

Air Force was led by Dymond James who recorded a team high 15 points plus seven rebounds. She was followed by Alicia Leipprandt who recorded 14 points. The Falcons were 23-54 (.426) from the field and 9-13 (.692) from the free throw line.

Wyoming took an early an early 4-2 lead, but a three-point field goal by Dymond James gave Air Force their first lead, 5-4. The Cowgirls responded with six straight to regain a five-point advantage, 10-5. Two free throws by the Falcons would start a 5-0 run to give them an 11-10 lead. It went back and forth for the next couple of minutes as Wyoming held on to a 14-13 lead through the second media timeout. The two teams would combined for eight points as the lead remained one, 18-17, in favor of UW. With the score tied up at 19 all, the Cowgirls scored 11 of 18 to give them a 30-26 advantage which included nine points from Ashley Sickles. Each team would score a basket to close out the half as Wyoming still took a 32-28 lead into the lockerroom.

Ashley Sickles led all scorers with 11 who shot 4-6 from the field and 3-5 from beyond the arc. She was followed by Aubrey Vandiver and Chaundra Sewell with eight. Sewell also led the way with four rebounds. They shot 14-26 (.538) from the field and 3-7 (.3-7 (.429) from beyond the arc. Air Force was led by Dymond James with nine points and four rebounds. Alicia Leipprandt added six points. The Falcons shot 12-29 (.414) from the field and out rebounded the Cowgirls 19-11.

Both teams combined for ten points through the first couple minutes of the second half as Wyoming maintained their four point advantage, 37-33. They would extend that lead to 15, 50-35, with a 13-2 run with just over 13 minutes remaining in the game. Two free throws by Dymond James ended a four minute drought for the Falcons, which was answered by the Cowgirls scoring eight of ten to give them a 19-point advantage, 58-37. Air Force tried to chip into the lead with a couple of baskets to make it 58-41. Wyoming had another answer with an 8-4 run to extend the lead back to 21, 66-45, and over the next stretch increased their advantage to 28, 77-49. The game was never in jeopardy for the Cowgirls went on to the 81-57 victory.

The Cowgirls return home on Saturday, Feb. 26, as they host the UNLV Lady Rebels. The game is set for 2:00 p.m. in the Arena Auditorium.