Jan. 5, 2011
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - Plagued by shooting troubles, the Air Force women's basketball team opened the 2011 Mountain West Conference slate with a 77-40 loss to Utah Wednesday evening at the Huntsman Center. The Falcons fall to 5-9 overall on the season and 0-1 in the MWC, while the Utes improve to 8-7 overall and 1-0 in the league.
The Falcons, who shot just 25.5 percent from the field against the Utes, scored more free throws (15) than field goals (12) in the game. Air Force missed its first 11 shots of the game before freshman Megan O'Neil (Denver, Colo.) scored on a tip-in at the 11:07 mark in the first half to bring the score to 12-4. After leading by as many as 13 points in the period, Utah went into the locker room with a 30-19 advantage.
The Utes began to pull away after the break, shooting over 53 percent from the field in the second half. In addition, Air Force was hurt by turnovers, committing 25 in the game, including 16 in the second half alone.
Sophomore Alicia Leipprandt (Ubly, Mich.) was the lone Air Force player to score in double figures, finishing with 14 points. Iwalani Rodrigues scored 23 points to lead the Utes, while Janita Badon added 19 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds.
The Falcons return home for their next contest, hosting BYU on Saturday, Jan. 8. The game is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. in Clune Arena.