Feb. 28, 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Behind 24 points and nine rebounds from senior Megan McGuffey, the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (15-12 overall, 7-7 MWC) closed out their home schedule with a 65-34 victory over the Air Force Academy Falcons (4-23 overall, 0-14 MWC) on Saturday afternoon in Laramie.
"Senior day is always special," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "There was a lot of energy and adrenalin to begin the game and then you really get down to playing the basketball game. We really got off to a good start as a team along with Megan McGuffey. She really came out quickly and scored those 15 first half points. Kristen Scheffler also had a great day shooting from the perimeter. Defensively, we did a good job, especially Randi Richardson. It was a special moment today for all of our seniors, and especially Megan in reaching 1,000 points for her career."
Megan McGuffey led all scorers with 24 points, while adding nine rebounds, three steals and two blocks. Freshman guard Kristen Scheffler added a career high 22 points, while Hillary Carlson followed with 12 points and eight rebounds. They were 24-60 (.400) from the field and 10-29 (.875) from beyond the arc, while out rebounding Air Force 45 to 32.
Senior Kim Kreke recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Falcons. Raimee Beck added eight points, while two players finished with five. Air Force was 13-52 (.250) from the field and 2-11 (.182) from beyond the arc.
The Cowgirls struck first with a Scheffler three-point field goal to begin the game. After a made basket by Air Force, Wyoming scored 5 of 8 to go ahead 8-5 through the first media timeout. Out of the break, they would score five straight to make it 13-5. The Falcons continued to struggle on the offensive end as they went over six minutes without scoring, but two free throws by Liz Dunsworth started an 8-0 run to pull then even at 13 all. The Cowgirls would go on a seven minute scoring drought as well until a Randi Richardson three-point field goal ended it. They would score the next 8 of 10 to regain a 21-15 advantage. Wyoming would hold the Falcons to just one field goal in the final five minutes of the half as they took a 30-17 lead into the lockerroom.
Air Force scored the first five points out of the break to pull within eight, 30-22. Over the next several minutes, the Cowgirls would extend their lead to double-figures, 44-23, behind a 14-1 run. The Falcons tried to chip away at the lead with a 6-4 run to make it 48-29. Wyoming responded with ten straight to pull head 58-29 with 3:34 remaining in the game. An Anna Gault three-point field goal would end an almost six minute scoring drought for Air Force. The Cowgirls lead was never in jeopardy as they went on to the 21-point victory, 65-34.
Wyoming will close out the regular season next week on the road. They will face the BYU Cougars, on Wednesday, March 4, and the New Mexico Lobos, on Saturday, March 7.