Jan. 15, 2011
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Despite putting together a late rally, the Air Force women's basketball team dropped a 63-52 decision to UNLV Saturday afternoon at Cox Pavilion. The Falcons fall to 5-11 overall on the year and 0-3 in the Mountain West Conference, while the Lady Rebels move to 8-10 overall, 1-3 in the league.
Air Force trailed by as many as 13 points with just over five minutes remaining in the game, but Leipprandt scored six points to spark an 8-0 run by the Falcons that cut the margin to 57-52 with 1:19 to play. However, the Lady Rebels closed out the game on the free throw line, scoring six straight shots from the charity stripe to take the win.
Early in the first half, UNLV broke an 8-8 tie with eight unanswered points, including back-to-back three-point baskets. The Falcons eventually battled back to a 23-23 tie, capped off with a layup from freshman Megan O'Neil (Denver, Colo.) with 5:47 left in the half. However, the Lady Rebels put together another run, before going into the locker room with a 34-29 advantage.
Air Force limited UNLV to just 30 percent shooting from the field, but the Lady Rebels scored 19 points from the free throw line. UNLV also outrebounded Air Force, 49-39, while the Falcons committed 23 turnovers in the game.
The Falcons are back in action on Wednesday, Jan. 19, when they host San Diego State in a 7:00 p.m. contest.