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Big night from Sickles give Cowgirls win over AF
Feb 15, 2012 - UW Sports Information
Behind a career night from Ashley Sickles, the Wyoming basketball team picked up a 71-58 road win against the Air Force Academy Falcons, on Wednesday night. The Cowgirls are now 10-13 overall and 6-4 in the Mountain West.
"I thought we took our level of play higher in the second half," said head coach Joe Legerski. "The two halves where so different in the first Air Force was the aggressor and we became the aggressor in the second. To have two players, with Ashley and Kayla, recording double-doubles showed how they controlled the second half. Ashley gave us a huge lift offensively and played 38 minutes. It was a tremendous effort."
Two Cowgirls finished their night with double-doubles led by Sickles. She finished with a career high 26 points and 12 rebounds while shooting 9-13 from the field and 6-6 from beyond the arc. Kayla Woodward followed with 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Kaitlyn Mileto added ten points and three rebounds. Wyoming shot 21-46 (.457) from the field, 7-14 (.500) from the free throw line and 22-27 (.815) from free throw line. They also out rebounded the Falcons, 39-34, and recorded 15 assists.
Three Falcons finished the night in double-figures led by Dymond James. She recorded 13 points and ten rebounds. Alecia Leipprandt added 16 points followed by Jamela Satterfield with ten. Air Force shot 24-66 (.364) from the field and 9-15 (.600) from the free throw line.
Air Force got things going scoring six straight points, while it took almost four minutes before Kayla Woodward got Wyoming on the board. Each team combined for eight points as the Falcons held a 10-6 advantage through the first media timeout. Over the next three minutes only two free throws were scored by Air Force making the lead 12-6. They would increase that lead to double figures, 16-6, with a 6-0 run as the Cowgirls were cold. They went seven minutes until a three-point field goal by Woodward cut into the lead, which was followed by a basket by Ashley Sickles closed the gap to five, 16-11. After a basket by Air Force, Wyoming scored eight straight to take their first lead of the game, 19-18. Unfortunately, the Falcons ended the first half on an 9-1 run to take a 27-20 lead going into the lockerroom.
A pair of free throws and a basket out of the break for the Cowgirls brought them to within three, 27-24. Air Force quickly answered with four straight points to extend the lead back to seven, 31-24. Wyoming tried to close the gap scoring four of six to make it 33-28 through the first media timeout. A steal and basket by Kaitlyn Mileto started a 7-0 run for the Cowgirls capped off by a three-point field goal by Ashley Sickles to give them a 35-33 advantage. Air Force ended a five minute drought with a basket by Medina to even it up 35. Each team scored a basket and Wyoming responded with a 10-2 run giving them a 47-39 over the next three minute stretch. Free throws from Dymond James stopped the run but a three-point field goal on the next possession gave UW a nine point lead, 50-41. The Falcons chipped away with a 7-2 run of their own to close it to four, 52-48. The Cowgirls came right back with five unanswered to increase the lead back to nine, 57-48. Air Force pulled to within five, 57-52, but two straight baskets returned the lead back to nine, 61-52. Wyoming hit free throws and a couple of baskets down the stretch as they held on to the 13-point win, 71-58.
Wyoming returns to home in order to host the Colorado State Rams, on Saturday, Feb. 18. The game is set for 2:00 p.m. in the Arena Auditorium.