Air Force Falls At New Mexico, 62-42

    Freshman forward Dymond James.
    Freshman forward Dymond James.

    Jan. 20, 2010

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    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Air Force women's basketball team lost to New Mexico, 62-42, Wednesday night at the Pit. The loss dropped the Falcons to 3-14, 0-4 on the season and lifted the Lobos to 11-6, 3-2.

    New Mexico started the game off on a 14-0 run and never looked back. Against a stifling Lobo defense and faced with a significant height disadvantage, the Falcons trailed 33-12 at the half. Fourteen of New Mexico's 16 first-half baskets were in the paint. For the game, New Mexico out-rebounded Air Force 48-30 and won the points in the paint battle 42-18.

    Air Force played much better in the second half, out-scoring New Mexico 30-29. The Falcons held the Lobos without a score for the first 5:30 of the second half and more than doubled their scoring.

    Sara Halasz led New Mexico with a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds. Jessica Kielpinski added 10 points and nine rebounds.

    Air Force's top four scorers were freshmen, led by forward Dymond James' 10 points and 12 trips to the free throw line. Fellow frosh Katie Hilbig, Alicia Leipprandt and Desiree Wilson added seven points.

    Leipprandt and Wilson got the lion's share of the minutes at the point with sophomore guard Anna Gault out due to an ankle injury. Gault had started 45 consecutive games before the UNM game. Leipprandt made her first-career start for the Falcons and Wilson logged a career-high 25 minutes, recording a game-high four steals and hitting her first-career three.

    Hilbig also hit her first-career three for the Falcons and added a team-high six rebounds.

    Air Force returns to action Sat., Jan. 23 hosting Utah. Tipoff is 2 p.m.



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