Falcons Fall Short Against UNLV
Jan. 4, 2014
USAFA, Colo. - The Air Force women's basketball team was unable to hold on to a nine-point second-half lead, as it dropped a 72-65 decision to UNLV Saturday afternoon at Clune Arena.
Air Force held a 46-37 lead with 12:32 remaining in the game before the Lady Rebels slowing began chipping away at their deficit. UNLV was able to cut Air Force's lead to one point with four and a half minutes to play, while taking a 54-53 advantage with 3:23 on the clock. Scoring in the paint, the Lady Rebels remained in control and hit 12-of-12 free throw attempts over the final minute and a half to ice the win.
The Falcons (1-11, 0-2) were led by senior Camille Thompson (McDonough, Ga.), who registered a career-high-tying 23 points, while classmate Cherae Medina (Denver, Colo.), who played all 40 minutes, added 12 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds. Also scoring in double figures for the Falcons was junior Lindsey Lewis (Grapevine, Texas) with a career-high 12 points, while Madeleine Philpot (So., Mobile, Ala.) added a career-best nine rebounds.
While UNLV shot just under 33 percent from the field for the game, the Lady Rebels had a 46-40 advantage on the boards, and outscored the Falcons 36-24 in the paint. UNLV also connected on 28-of-38 free throws for the game, while Air Force attempted just 19 foul shots. The Falcons also struggled taking care of the ball, committing 29 turnovers that led to 17 points for the Lady Rebels.
UNLV (4-10, 1-1) had the largest advantage of the first period, holding a 27-20 lead with four and a half minutes remaining before the intermission. However, the Falcons went on a 7-0 run before a four-point play by Thompson put Air Force on top. The Falcons went into the locker room with a 34-33 advantage, marking just the third time this season Air Force has led at the half.
Danielle Miller led the Lady Rebels with 24 points, half of which came from the charity stripe. Rejane Verin added 15 points, Mia Bell scored 12 points and Aley Rohde had 11 points and 13 rebounds for UNLV.
The Falcons remain at home for their next game, as they host Fresno State on Wednesday, Jan. 8, in a 7:00 p.m. contest.