Falcons Unable to Get Past Cowgirls
Feb. 15, 2012
USAFA, Colo. - Still looking for its first conference win of the season, the Air Force women's basketball team came up short in a 71-58 loss to visiting Wyoming Wednesday evening in Clune Arena.
Junior Alicia Leipprandt (Ubly, Mich.) scored 16 points to lead the Falcons, while classmate Dymond James (Brambleton, Va.) registered her fourth double-double of the year, finishing with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Also scoring in double figures for Air Force was senior captain Jamela Satterfield (Sacramento, Calif.).
For the Cowgirls, Ashley Sickles tallied 26 points and 12 rebounds, while Kayla Woodward added 19 points and 12 rebounds.
While Air Force (5-20, 0-10) led by seven at the intermission, Wyoming (10-13, 6-4) scored 51 points in the second half, relying primarily on shooting from beyond the arc and at the charity stripe. A three-pointer by Sickles gave the Cowgirls their first lead of the final period with 12:26 remaining, and Wyoming answered Air Force's response by knocking down more shots from long range, hitting five in the half.
The Cowgirls also scored 20 points from the free throw line in the second period, including eight in the last minute and a half, to push the game out of reach for Air Force.
Wyoming won the battle of the boards after the break, outrebounding Air Force 20-14. However, the Cowgirls committed 19 turnovers, while the Falcons registered a season-low 12 turnovers, 10 fewer than their season average.
The game was a far cry from the previous meeting between the two teams this season, when Wyoming handed Air Force a lopsided 98-36 loss in Laramie. Tonight, the Falcons led for most of the opening period, taking a 16-6 advantage, their largest of the game, with just over eight minutes on the clock. Wyoming put together a 13-2 run to earn its first lead of the contest with 2:17 remaining in the half, but Air Force closed out the period with a run of its own, going into the locker room with a 27-20 advantage.
The Falcons are back on the road this weekend, visiting league-leading San Diego State on Saturday in a 2:00 p.m. (PT) contest.