Air Force Drops Conference Opener to Utah State
Jan. 1, 2014
LOGAN, Utah - A second-half rally fell short as the Air Force women's basketball team dropped an 88-78 decision to Mountain West newcomer Utah State Wednesday evening at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
The Falcons, who shot over 53 percent from beyond the arc for the game, knocked down a school-record 15 three-pointers, including 11 in the second half alone.
Junior Jimi Blagowsky (Edmond, Okla.) scored 19 points, all in the second half, to lead the Falcons, while seniors Camille Thompson (McDonough, Ga.) and Cherae Medina (Denver, Colo.) added 17 and 16 points, respectively. Medina also dished out a season-high nine assists for the Falcons. Meanwhile, Shelby Cloninger led four Aggies in double-figures, finishing with a game-high 21 points.
Air Force trailed by as many as 20 points in the second half and was down 72-53 with just under nine minutes to play. However, the Falcons went on a 14-0 run over the next two and a half minutes, sparked by four three-pointers, including back-to-back treys by freshman Mary Cavanaugh (Arvada, Colo.).
Utah State pushed its lead back to nine points with 4:33 left in the game, but Air Force, which hit three more 3's, was able to cut the margin to 82-78 with three minutes left. However, the Falcons were unable to get back on the scoreboard, and the Aggies pulled away for the 10-point victory.
In the first half, Utah State hit five three-pointers in the first five minutes of the contest to take a 16-7 lead, but the Falcons were able to cut the margin to 18-15 with 13 minutes remaining in the first half. However, Utah State used a 16-2 run to push its margin into double digits and went into the locker room with a 42-25 advantage.
The Falcons open their home conference slate on Saturday, Jan. 4, when they welcome UNLV to Clune Arena for a 1:00 p.m. contest.