Feb. 23, 2011
USAFA, Colo. - Despite keeping it close in the first half, the Air Force women's basketball team couldn't get past Wyoming, dropping an 81-57 decision Wednesday evening in Clune Arena. With the loss, the Falcons fall to 8-18 overall on the season (3-10 in the MWC), while the Cowgirls improve to 20-6 overall, 10-3 in the league.
Sophomore Dymond James (Brambleton, Va.) led the Falcons with 15 points and seven rebounds, while Alicia Leipprandt (So., Ubly, Mich.) added 14 points. Meanwhile, four players scored in double figures for Wyoming, led by seniors Hillary Carlson and Aubrey Vandiver with 23 points each.
The two teams traded baskets throughout the opening period, leading to four ties and 12 lead changes. However, Wyoming pulled away late in the first half as Ashley Sickles knocked down three-pointers on three consecutive possessions, as the Cowgirls went into the intermission with a 32-28 advantage.
Wyoming, the top shooting team in the Mountain West Conference, extended its lead in the second half, scoring in the paint and beyond the arc. The Cowgirls, who outrebounded the Falcons 23-11 in the final stanza, led by as many as 28 points before taking the 24-point victory.
The Falcons are on the road for their next two games, beginning with a contest at Colorado State on Saturday, Feb. 26.