Posted: Mar 9, 2010 8:42 PM
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The ninth-seeded Air Force women's basketball team dropped a 63-40 game to fourth-seeded Utah Tuesday afternoon at the 2010 Conoco Mountain West Conference Women's Basketball Championships at the Thomas & Mack Center. The Falcons conclude the season with a 3-27 record while the Utes improved to 20-10.
Taryn Wicijowski and Kalee Whipple combined to score 40 points to lead Utah. Wicijowski scored a game-high 24 points. Whipple followed with 16 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and four steals.
Senior forward and team co-captain Kathleen Schjodt led Air Force with 12 points and four rebounds in her final game as a Falcon. Junior guard Raimee Beck and freshman forward Kelsey Berger followed with 10 points each. Beck also led AFA with four assists and two steals.
The Falcons kept the game close throughout, but an 11-0 run by the Utes midway through the second-half was the difference.
Air Force hung tough with Utah in the first half, despite a sluggish start from the offense. The Falcons shot just 25.9 percent from the field in the opening half but trailed by just eight at 21-13 at the break.
Utah slowly extended its lead to double-digits midway through the second-half, but back-to-back three's by Kathleen Schjodt and Kelsey Berger made it a 38-31 game just under 12 minutes in the game. The Utes then went on the 11-0 run to pull ahead 49-31 with under eight minutes to play.
Air Force shot just 26 percent from the field, while Utah shot 55.3 percent. The Falcons hit six three's in the game and were 8-of-10 from the free throw line.
With two three-point baskets, Beck tied Air Force's all-time record of 173 three's, shared by Megan Thiedemann (1996-2000).
The lone senior on the team, Schjodt caps her four years at Air Force with 363 career points, ranking her 22nd all-time in the Div. I era.