Air Force Defeats North Dakota, 65-54

    Sophomore Megan O'Neil
    Sophomore Megan O'Neil

    Jan. 5, 2012

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    USAFA, Colo. - The Air Force women's basketball team put together an 11-0 run over the final three minutes of action to earn a 65-54 victory over North Dakota Thursday evening in Clune Arena. With the win, the Falcons snap a five-game losing streak and improve to 5-9 on the season. Meanwhile, North Dakota drops to 7-9 on the year.

    Junior Alicia Leipprandt (Jr., Ubly, Mich.) led the Falcons with 16 points, while sophomore Megan O'Neil (Aurora, Colo.) added 13 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Also scoring in double-figures for Air Force was senior captain Jamela Satterfield (Sacramento, Calif.) with a season-high 10 points.

    The score was tied at 54-54 with just over three minutes remaining when O'Neil and Leipprandt hit back-to-back jumpers to push Air Force's lead back to four points. Hampered by missed shots and turnovers, North Dakota was unable to get back on the board, while the Falcons closed out the game on the foul line, knocking down 7-of-8 free throws in the final 1:34.

    In the opening half, Air Force led by as many as eight points, as the team shot 44 percent from the field while holding North Dakota to 26.9 percent shooting. However, UND closed out the period on a 4-0 run to cut the margin to 27-23 at the break.

    North Dakota continued its spurt after the intermission, earning its first lead of the game with a 7-2 run to open the second stanza. UND went on to take a 37-32 advantage with 12:34 remaining before Air Force made its comeback, regaining the lead two minutes later following a pair of free throws from sophomore Kami Bohannon (DeSoto, Texas).

    Air Force shot nearly 45 percent for the game, while North Dakota knocked down just 28.6 percent of its shots. Meanwhile, UND had a 43-34 advantage on the boards.

    Madi Buck was the lone player to score in double figures for North Dakota, finishing with 10 points, while Katie Houdek grabbed a game-high nine rebounds for UND.

    "We had a really good team effort tonight," said Air Force head coach Andrea Williams. "We really needed to get a win back here at home. Our players came through tonight, had no hesitation."

    The Falcons close out their non-conference slate on Saturday, Jan. 7, as they host Longwood in a 3:00 p.m. contest.

    "After all of our road games, including our games in California and Alabama, the team is seasoned by now," continued Williams. "We just need to turn around and defend our home court on Saturday, and get another win going into the conference season."


     

     

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