Women’s Basketball: BYU crushes Air Force to stay in MWC race

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    By Whitney Craft

    With a 60-41 win for the Cougars in the Marriott Center last night, the Cougars improved to 5-3 in conference play.

    A 7-0 run to start the half for the Cougars was ended with a 3-pointer from Kim Kreke for the Falcons but these runs would prove to be a common theme throughout the rest of the game for the Cougars.

    With a 3-pointer from Shawnee Slade and Keilani Moeaki and two free-throws from Kristen Riley, the Cougars went on another run of 8-0 before the Falcons could score again.

    The lowest lead of the game for the Cougars, with two points, came after their first shot in the first half and the largest lead was by 26 in the first half.

    The Cougars finished the half having shot 10 more times from the field than the Falcons and shooting 66.9 percent from the 3-point line.

    At the half, Coach Jeff Judkins said he was proud of the girls and their defense and hoped they would be able to continue the same intensity throughout the rest of the game.

    The BYU intensity and defense presented itself by keeping the Falcons shooting only 29.4 percent from the field and forcing them to give up 23 turnovers.

    The Falcons proved to be difficult opponents at the start of the second half keeping the Cougars shooting 33.3 percent throughout the first six minutes but the Cougars got it together and ended the game up by 21.

    With foul trouble in the second, the Cougars sent the Falcons to the line 10 different times while the Cougars saw their first visit to the free-throw line with only four minutes left in the game.

    The Cougars showed their depth last night receiving 23 points from the bench compared to the four made by the Falcon bench.

    The Cougars now take a week off and will head to Colorado to take on the Rams.

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