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Woodward’s career high leads Cowgirls past Air Force

From Wyoming Athletics

LARAMIE — A career-high 29 points from junior Kayla Woodward led the Wyoming basketball team to a dominating 82-47 victory over the Air Force Falcons on Wednesday night in Laramie.

The Cowgirls improved to 12-4 overall on the season and 3-2 in the Mountain West while the Falcons fall to 1-16 and 0-7 in league play.

“Tonight was probably as hard fought of a game even with the large margin of victory,” head coach Joe Legerski said.

“I have so much respect for the Air Force Academy and they come out after you for the entire 40 minutes of the game. We had to compete that way. They started with a different line-up tonight with four guards so I knew we could get the ball inside.”

After holding a 20-point lead at halftime, Wyoming scored nine of the first 12 points to extend the lead to 26, 46-21. Air Force tried to chip away at the lead closing the gap to 22, 53-31, with 14:05 left in the contest.

Cowgirl Kaylie Rader scored a layup that started a 12-2 run to build the lead to back to 32, 65-33. Over the final ten minutes, the game was never in question as the Cowgirls held the Falcons to 47 points on the night, which is a season low by UW.

Woodward finished the night with her 15th double-figure scoring game of the season, shooting 12-17 from the field and 3-5 from beyond the arc. She also recorded seven rebounds, four steals and four assists. Fallon Lewis recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Jasmine Davis chipped in a career high 11 points.

“Fallon got us off to a great start to begin the game and Kayla was consistent tonight,” Legerski said. “She had 14 in the first half and 15 in the second. Plus, the 52 points in the paint was a big part of what we wanted to get done and we only took 10 3s. They found a way to take that away defensively and we found a way to get our points. It was also nice to play everyone.”

Air Force was 20-53 (.377) from the field and committed 18 turnovers.
Wyoming is at Nevada Saturday, looking to string multiple conference wins together.

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