Jan. 25, 2011
USAFA, Colo. - Playing in front of a record crowd, the Air Force women's basketball team came up short in a 64-58 loss to Colorado State Tuesday evening in Clune Arena. The Falcons fall to 6-13 overall on the season and 1-5 in the Mountain West Conference, while the Rams improve to 10-9 overall, 3-3 in the league.
The announced crowd of 2,907 set a new home attendance record for the Falcons during the Division I era. The previous record of 2,892 was set on Jan. 31, 2002, during a game versus Wyoming.
The Falcons started out strong against their in-state rivals, getting to an 11-5 lead in the first five minutes of the contest. Colorado State heated up offensively to earn an eight-point advantage with eight minutes to play in the opening half, but Air Force was able to tie the game at 24-24 before taking a 33-32 lead at the break.
Colorado State regained control after the intermission and began to pull away, taking advantage of poor shooting by the Falcons and outhustling Air Force on the boards. The Rams also scored more than half of their second-half points at the charity stripe, knocking down 17 free throws in the period.
Air Force, which trailed by as many as 11 points with 3:39 remaining, shot just 26 percent from the field in the second half and were outrebounded, 39-28, for the game. However, the Falcons had four fewer turnovers than the Rams, pressuring Colorado State into 18 miscues.
For the Rams, Sam Martin had a game-high 17 points, while Kim Mestdagh added 12 points and nine rebounds.
The Falcons wrap up their two-game homestand on Saturday, Jan. 29, when they host TCU in a conference match-up. The contest is slated to begin at 2:00 p.m. in Clune Arena.