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Cowgirls crush Air Force

Feb 28, 2013 - The Associated Press

There was no let down for the University of Wyoming Cowgirls on Wednesday night.

Just another beat down of the Air Force Falcons.

After beating the Falcons by 38 points a month ago, the Cowgirls jumped out to a 40-16 halftime lead at the Arena-Auditorium and coasted in the second half for an 88-63 victory before a crowd of 3,328.

Wyoming improved to 21-6 on the season and 10-4 in Mountain West play. UW also clinched no worse than third place in the conference standings with the win and San Diego State's victory over New Mexico.

UW sophomore Kayla Woodward led four Cowgirls in double figures (the 11th time UW has had four players score in double figures) with 22 points while adding seven rebounds and four assists. Senior Ashley Sickles scored 16 points while sophomore Kaitlyn Mileto added 13 points and senior Chaundra Sewell 12 points and 12 rebounds.

It was Sewell's 10th double-double this season, which leads the Mountain West, and 22nd on her career. That ties Sewell for 10th all-time in the MW in career double-doubles.

This game was over early, with UW jumping out to a 21-6 lead 10 minutes into the game.

"We came out strong. We know they're going to put a fight the whole game and have been doing well in conference play lately," Sickles said. "We just said it's our home court and we're going to defend it and come out and hit some shots and go from there."

Wyoming led 40-14 at the half. The 14 points allowed was the lowest in a half this season for the Cowgirls.

Air Force did warm up in the second half to score 49 points. But the Cowgirls scored 48 and the lead never got below 25 over the final 20 minutes.

For Sickles, her 16 points were the most she's scored in a game since lighting up Fresno State for 21 back on Jan. 16. The senior was 7 of 8 from the field, including making her only 3-point attempt.

"Ashley's such a threat because she can score on the inside and the outside," Legerski said.

"I like when she took the three and made it early, it was a big relief for her. When Ashley is playing well it gives us that additional scorer."

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