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Ute women get a win on road, but Cougs lose

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The University of Utah women's basketball team defeated the Air Force Falcons, 67-39, in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Utah improves to 9-6 overall, 2-1 in MWC play. The Falcons drop to 4-11 overall, 0-2 in the MWC.

After a sluggish start, the Utes got things going offensively and went on an 11-2 run with 49 seconds to go in the first half. Air Force hit a three-pointer with two seconds to go before the break and Utah went into the locker room leading 34-16.

The Utes shot 50 percent (11-of-22) from the field, 45 percent (5-of-11) from three-point range and 88 percent (7-8) from the free-throw line in the first half. Utah held the Falcons to just 6-of-26 from the field, 2-of-12 from behind the arc and 2-of-4 from the free-throw line in the first half.

Utah came out in the second half and blew the game wide open. The Utes were able to convert 12-of-14 free-throws and made 9-of-22 from the field in the second half alone. Utah took its biggest lead of the night on back-to-back three-pointer by senior Lindsay Herbert.

Herbert went 4-of-9 from the field, 4-of-8 from three-point range and was a perfect 2-of-2 from the free-throw line.

Utah had four players score in double figures. Senior Erin Gibbons led the way with 16 points, four assists, two blocks and a steal. Lauren Beckman racked-up another double-double with 12 points and 10 boards, while Katherine McColl added 12 points.

NEW MEXICO 58, BYU 52: Playing at one of the toughest arena's in college basketball, BYU lost a close call to New Mexico 58-52 on Thursday. The loss drops the Cougars to 10-6, 1-2 for the season. New Mexico improves to 13-4, 2-1.

Jennifer Leitner, a junior, led the Cougars with 15 points on 6-6 shooting from the foul line and contributed eight rebounds. Senior Stacy Jensen scored 12 points. Erin Thorn and Melanie Pearson chipped in 8 points a piece.

The game was close early in the first half, but the Lobos took the lead as BYU went scoreless during a seven-minute drought in the second half. The Cougars scored seven points in the final two minutes of the half to bring the score within five, 30-25.

"You can't have big droughts on the road in conference play and expect to win," said head coach Jeff Judkins.

The Cougars went cold in the second half making only 25 percent from the field, shooting 7-28. Free throws were the difference, with the Lobos getting 26 attempts compared to only 14 for BYU.

BYU shot 33 percent from the field for the game but only 26 percent from behind arc. New Mexico shot only 34 percent from the floor and 30 percent from the behind the arc. The Cougars continue their conference road trip on Saturday at Air Force (4-11, 0-2) at 1 p.m. MST. The next home game for the Cougars is Jan. 31.