Jan. 19, 2013
BOISE, Idaho - Junior Cherae Medina (Denver, Colo.) scored a career-high 23 points, but the Air Force women's basketball team came up short in a 66-65 loss to Boise State Saturday afternoon at Taco Bell Arena.
Medina, who also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds and added three assists, knocked down a three-pointer with just 0.1 seconds remaining, but it was not enough to erase the Falcons' four point deficit.
Joining Medina in double figures scoring for the Falcons was senior Alicia Leipprandt (Ubly, Mich.) with 13 points.
The Falcons trailed by as many as 10 in the opening half before a basket by Medina cut the margin to 34-26 at the break. While Boise State pushed its lead back to 10 with the first points of the second half, Air Force slowly began to chip away at its deficit, getting within four points with just over 10 minutes to play, while cutting the margin to 51-49 with 8:20 remaining.
Air Force's first tie of the second half came with a pair of free throws by Missy Byrd (Fr., Decatur, Ga.) with 6:04 on the clock, but Boise State answered with five unanswered points. However, Medina scored the Falcons' next six points to tie the game at 61-61 with 1:43 remaining. Unfortunately, the Broncos regained the lead with a three-point play by Lauren Lenhardt with 33 seconds on the clock. Boise State increased its lead to 66-62 with a pair of free throws in the final 10 seconds, before Medina's last three-pointer accounted for the final margin.
Air Force held the advantage on the boards, outrebounding Boise State, 41-34. However, the Falcons committed 24 turnovers which turned into 28 points for the Broncos.
For the Broncos, Lenhardt scored a game-high 27 points, while Rosalie Cutri grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.
The Falcons have a bye on Wednesday before returning to action Saturday, Jan. 26, when they host Wyoming in a 2:00 p.m. contest.