RENO, Nevada - Air Force women's basketball dropped a 70-60 contest at Nevada, in Mountain West action Saturday afternoon at Lawlor Events Center. Freshman Kaelin Immel led the Falcons with 17 points.
Air Force could not hold a six point halftime lead as Nevada had a big third quarter to take control of the game. The Wolf Pack broke the game open with a 19-0 run in the decisive third quarter.
Air Force played a strong first-half, leading Nevada 37-31 at halftime. The Falcons shot 46.9 percent from the field in the first-half, out-rebounding the bigger Nevada squad 20-14.
The Wolf Pack pounded the ball inside relentlessly in the third, shooting 80 percent from the field in the quarter to turn the tide. For the game, Nevada also shot 70 percent from three-point range (7-10) with two players going 3-for-3. Camariah King led four Nevada players in double-figures with a team-high 16 points.
The Falcons fought back in the fourth quarter, out-scoring the Wolf Pack 18-11 in the final quarter.
Immel paced four Falcons in double-figures with the 17 points. It was the freshman's sixth straight game as Air Force's leading scorer.
Senior Cortney Porter notched her first double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Porter also led the Falcons with six assists and six steals.
Senior Erika Chapman tied a season best with 13 points and freshman Emily Conroe added 12 points, five rebounds and three steals.
"I thought we played very well for three quarters of that game," Air Force head coach Chris Gobrecht said. "Unfortunately we didn't compete like we should have in the third quarter. We missed a couple easy shots and they started to get their post game going. We've got to learn to play a full game. I thought we out-played them for three quarters, but you can't let a good post team like Nevada get those easy baskets like we did in that third quarter."
Air Force returns to action Wednesday, Jan. 10, at UNLV.