Air Force Falls to BYU in MWC Home Opener
Jan. 8, 2011
USAFA, Colo. - In its first home conference game of the season, the Air Force women's basketball team fell to BYU, 88-60, Saturday afternoon at Clune Arena. The Falcons drop to 5-10 overall on the year and 0-2 in the Mountain West Conference, while the Cougars improve to 10-6 overall, 2-0 in the league.
Senior Raimee Beck (Blackfoot, Idaho) led Air Force with 13 points, while Dymond James (So., Brambleton, Va.) registered her fourth double-double of the season, tallying 10 points and 13 rebounds. Also scoring in double figures for the Falcons was sophomore Katie Hilbig (Castle Rock, Colo.) with 10 points.
Air Force was able to keep the score close in the first 12 minutes of the game, with the score tied 22-22 at the 7:47 mark in the first half. However, BYU closed out the period by outscoring the Falcons 25-9 to take a 16-point advantage at the break.
The Cougars pulled away in the second half, using their size to dominate on the inside. BYU, which shot over 59 percent from the field, scored more than half of its 88 points in the paint, while also knocking down 10 three-pointers in the game.
Meanwhile, the Falcons shot just 35.8 percent from the field and committed 24 turnovers. Air Force did have the advantage at the charity stripe, knocking down 18 free throws, compared to just eight for BYU. The battle of the boards came out even, with each team grabbing 33 rebounds.
Four players scored in double figures for BYU, led by Haley Hall, who finished with 18 points on a perfect shooting night.
The Falcons have a week before their next game, a road contest at UNLV on Jan. 15. The game is slated to begin at 3:00 p.m. (PT) in Cox Pavilion.