Jan. 15, 2014
SAN JOSÉ, Calif. - The Air Force women's basketball team came up short in a back-and-forth battle against San José State, falling to the Spartans, 79-70, Wednesday evening at The Event Center.
Four different Falcons scored in double figures, led by senior Camille Thompson (McDonough, Ga.) with 22 points. Sophomore Missy Byrd (Decatur, Ga.) registered her first double-double of the season, finishing with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Jimi Blagowsky (Jr., Edmond, Okla.) and Cherae Medina (Sr., Denver, Colo.) added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
The game was close throughout, featuring six ties and 10 lead changes. In the opening half, San José State was able to take advantage of a 12-4 run late in the period to take a nine-point lead with 1:22 on the clock. However, Air Force scored four unanswered points to bring the score to 47-42 at the intermission.
The Falcons (1-14, 0-5) opened the second half with a 6-0 run to regain the lead, but the two teams continued to trade points. Air Force's largest lead of the game, a 58-53 advantage, came with 13:33 on the clock, but the Spartans responded with an 11-0 run that the Falcons were unable to overcome.
San José State (7-9, 1-4) had a significant advantage at the foul line in the second half, scoring 15 points on 26 free throw attempts. In contrast, Air Force attempted just three foul shots after the break.
Ta'Rea Cunnigan led three Spartans in double figures, tallying a game-high 28 points, while Riana Byrd added nine points and 16 rebounds.
The Falcons return home this Saturday, Jan. 18, when they host Colorado State in a 1:00 p.m. contest.