Broncos Down 'Roos 71-64 In Air Force Classic
UMKC Athletics 12-1-2012
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(USAFA, Colo.) - The Kansas City women's basketball team (4-5) fell 71-64 to Boise State (4-3) on Saturday afternoon at Clune Arena despite junior Eilise O'Connor posting a career-high 13 assists, 23 points and five rebounds.

"Career highs are always a fun accomplishment but all I was focused on this weekend was doing everything I could for my team," O'Connor said.  "With Kim not in the games, there's a huge void that I tried my best to fill with extra effort and extra heart."

Sophomore Lexis Hardiek added 15 points, knocking down five of the 'Roos 10 threes, while grabbing a career-high four rebounds for the Kangaroos.

The 'Roos quickly fell behind by nine, but battled back to take their first lead of the game at 23-21 on a layup by senior Emile Blakesley.

Kansas City would maintain the advantage until the 3:47 mark when the Broncos reeled off the next 10 points to take a 38-30 lead.

O'Connor would end the run with a pair of free throws, cutting the lead to 38-32 heading into halftime.

Coming out of the break, Boise State extended its lead to a game-high 14 at 53-39 with just under 14 minutes remaining, but a 12-5 run by the Kangaroos, including a pair of threes each from Hardiek and O'Connor, trimmed the lead to seven midway through the half.

The Broncos built the lead back to nine at the 8:57 mark, but five straight by freshman Kelsey Barnwell brought the 'Roos to within four at 60-56.

Boise State would again stretch the lead to nine, but two more Hardiek threes cut the lead to five at 67-62.

The 'Roos though, would go cold from the field, adding just one field goal over the final 5:47 to fall 71-64.

As a team, the 'Roos hit 10-of-18 from behind the arc, while junior Ashli Hill and Barnwell each chipped in seven points off the bench.

On the weekend, O'Connor posted averages of 26.5 points, 10.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals, while hitting 8-of-9 from three-point range, leading to a spot on the Air Force Classic All-Tournament Team.

"Without a doubt, I would have preferred to have left with two team wins than two career accomplishments, but I'm proud of my team for the great strides we've made this weekend," O'Connor added.  "I'm excited to wrap up non-conference play in the coming weeks with great momentum and head into conference play on a high note."

The Blue & Gold will be back in action again on Friday when they head north to take on Minnesota out of the Big Ten at 7 p.m. in Williams Arena.
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