LAS VEGAS, Nevada - Air Force women’s basketball dropped a 69-57 Mountain West contest at UNLV Wednesday night at Cox Pavilion. Freshman Kaelin Immel scored 25 points to lead the Falcons.
The Falcons went toe to toe with the Lady Rebels for most of the game, even leading twice midway through the third quarter. Air Force trailed by five with 8:02 to play in the fourth quarter before UNLV went on a 12-3 run over the next six minutes to build to a 14 point lead.
Immel had the highest scoring output by a Falcon this season, setting a career high for points and three’s with six. The freshman was 8 of 14 from the field and knocked down 6 of 8 from three-point range.
Senior Cortney Porter set a career-high with 10 assists and also led the team with seven rebounds and four steals. Freshman Emily Conroe scored eight points and freshman Naomi Hughes added six points.
Brooke Johnson led UNLV with 20 points and Katie Powell added 19 points on 7 of 8 shooting from the field.
The Falcons hung close with UNLV all game, trailing by three at 16-13 after the first quarter and by four at the half at 31-27. The Falcons were down five after the third quarter at 53-48.
Air Force forced UNLV into 22 turnovers and held a 60-44 advantage in shot attempts.
I thought we played well tonight, but unfortunately, we needed a few more people to step up and make some baskets,” Air Force head coach Chris Gobrecht. “I thought Kaelin shot the ball extremely well for us but we needed a few more baskets. UNLV’s size and physical presence in the post wore us down late and they were able to get a couple crucial offensive rebounds. For the most pa`rt, I thought we out-hustled UNLV in terms of effort and that’s encouraging as we continue on this season.”
Air Force returns to action Saturday, Jan. 10, hosting San José State.