March 3, 2010
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball Team (17-10 overall, 8-7 Mountain West Conference) snapped a two-game losing streak with an 87-60 victory over the Air Force Academy Falcons (3-25 overall, 0-15 MWC) on Wednesday night in Colorado Springs.
"Once again, we shot the ball extremely well against Air Force," said head coach Joe Legerski. "The big three, Hillary, Aubrey and Emma, led this group and shot the ball well. Jade Kennedy had by far her best floor game with 11 assists. Our offense flowed through Jade and she made great decisions with the basketball. I'm very pleased to get a win at Air Force, a difficult place to play."
Three Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures led by Aubrey Vandiver. She finished with a game high 24 points and nine rebounds, while shooting 8-14 from the field and 5-8 from beyond the arc. She was followed by Hillary Carlson with 21 points and nine boards, while Emma Langford added 17 points and seven rebounds. Junior Jade Kennedy recorded a career high 11 assists. Wyoming shot 31-51 (.636) from the field and 18-31 (.581) from beyond the arc, while recording 37 rebounds and 27 assists.
Air Force was led by junior Raimee Beck with a team high 14 points and seven rebounds. She was followed by Kathleen Schjodt and Anna Leipprandt with eight points each. The Falcons shot 22-60 (.367) from the field and 6-18 (.333) from beyond the arc.
Wyoming came out strong as they took an 11-2 lead to begin the game, which included six points from Aubrey Vandiver. A basket from Kathleen Schjodt made it 11-4 going into the first media timeout. Out of the break, the Cowgirls extended their lead to double-figures by scoring the next 11 of 15 to make it 22-8. Over the next four possessions' for Wyoming, they would hit four straight three-point field goals while the Falcons would score seven points as they Cowgirls continued to lead 34-15. Air Force answered with a 7-1 run to pull within 13, 35-22, with four minutes left in the half. Wyoming would answer by closing out the half on a 10-3 run of their own to take a 45-25 lead into the lockerroom.
In the first half, the Cowgirls were led by Aubrey Vandiver with 14 points, while Hillary Carlson followed with 13 points and seven rebounds. Wyoming shot 16-26 (.615) from the field and 10-16 (.625) from beyond the arc. Air Force was led by Raimee Beck with eight points. They were 9-27 (.333) from the field and 2-10 (.200) from beyond the arc.
Both teams played even through the first four minutes of the second half as they each scored seven points to make it 52-32. The Cowgirls would increase the lead to 25, 61-36, with a 9-4 run. The Falcons continued to battle as they scored the next 9 of 13 to pull within 20, 65-45. Wyoming answered with a 10-3 run to pull ahead by 26, 75-49, with six minutes left in the game. Air Force wouldn't go away as they scored the next six straight to make it a 20 point game, 75-55, but the Cowgirls responded with six points of their own bring the score to 81-55. Wyoming's lead was never in jeopardy as they went on to the 87-60 victory.
The Cowgirls will play their final regular season game this Saturday, March 6, as they host the UNLV Lady Rebels. The game is set to tip off at 2 p.m. at the Arena Auditorium.