Dec. 1, 2007
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado - Utah Valley set a school record with 14 three pointers made as they held of Air Force, 78-68, on Saturday to win the championship at the 12th Annual Air Force Classic.
Sandy Marvin scored 24 for points for the second straight day on her way to being named the tournament MVP for the Wolverines, who moved to 8-0 on the year. Air Force dropped to 3-4 with the loss.
"Sandy really carried us today when they (Air Force) really put a lot of emphasis on defending Robyn (Fairbanks)," said head coach Cathy Nixon. "But this was really a team effort. We had so many different players contribute to both wins this weekend. The girls are really taking pride in the roles each and every one of them play in making us successful and, as a coach, I couldn't be more pleased."
Julie McMurray had 17 points and tied a school record with five three-point field goals made while Robyn Fairbanks, who was doubled and tripled all night by the Falcon defense, had 12 points. Fairbanks earned all-tournament honors after 28 points on Friday night including the game-winning shot with 6.9 seconds left in a win over Ohio.
Utah Valley never trailed in the ballgame, although the Falcons never let the Wolverines take complete control. Susie Cornejo hit two three's as part of an eight-point first half and Asumi Nakayama hit Rebekah Peterson in the corner for a three-pointer with two seconds left, giving UV a 43-34 lead at the break.
The Wolverines opened the second half on a 12-4 run, capped by a Nakayama three to take a 55-38 lead, their biggest of the game to that point.
Air Force quickly got back into the game, rolling off 10 straight points while UV was held scoreless for the next 4:47 before Fairbanks ended the drought to put the Wolverines up 57-48.
The Falcons continued their run though, forcing three straight turnovers, leading to six straight points to get within one, 57-56, with 9:39 to go.
After AFA missed a chance to take its first lead of the game, McMurray knocked down two straight three's followed by a Peterson three to push the lead back to double digits, 66-56, with 6:28 remaining.
The run continued with Marvin scoring nine of Utah Valley's next 11 points, extending the run to 18-3 run and putting the Wolverines up 77-59 with 3:25 to go.
Air Force was led by 14 points apiece from Raimee Beck and Pamela Findlay. Findlay and teammate Alecia Steele were named to all-tournament team for the Falcons.
Next week Utah Valley will play at Montana State on Wednesday at 7pm MT and at BYU on Saturday at 4:30pm MT. Both games can be heard live at WolverineGreen.com.