Feb. 1, 2014
USAFA, Colo. - The Air Force women's basketball team rallied from a 17-point first-half deficit, but was unable to complete the comeback, dropping an 84-74 overtime decision to Nevada Saturday afternoon in Clune Arena.
The Falcons (1-18, 0-9) got off to a slow start, trailing 9-0 in the first five minutes of action, while Nevada's lead ballooned to 25-8 with eight minutes to play in the opening half. However, Air Force began to battle back, cutting its deficit to 34-27 at the half.
The two teams played evenly for much of the second half, with the Falcons slowly chipping away at the Wolf Pack's advantage, coming within one point with just over eight minutes remaining in regulation. While Nevada started to pull away to take a 59-51 lead with 6:17 on the clock, Air Force used its defensive pressure to remain in the game.
Air Force came back to tie the game at 68-68 with a pair of free throws by Camille Thompson (Sr., McDonough, Ga.) at the 1:18 mark, but a score by Nevada on its next possession put the Wolf Pack back on top. A layup by Thompson tied the score at 70-70 with 27 seconds remaining, giving Nevada the opportunity to set up the last shot. Missy Byrd (So., Decatur, Ga.) drew a charge for the Falcons with 3.2 seconds on the clock, but an Air Force turnover gave the ball back to the Wolf Pack. However, Nevada was unable to get a shot off, sending the contest into overtime.
The Falcons scored the first basket in the extra period, taking their first lead of the game with a basket from Cherae Medina (Sr., Denver, Colo.). However, the Wolf Pack scored eight of the next 10 points to take an 80-74 lead before icing the game at the free throw line.
Air Force had its best performance of the season from the foul line, hitting 18-of-21 free throws for the game. However, Nevada (10-10, 5-4) had a 51-36 advantage on the boards and outscored the Falcons in the paint, 50-32.
Thompson led four Falcons in double figures with 21 points. Junior Jimi Blagowsky (Edmond, Okla.) added 14 points, Byrd scored 13 points and Lindsey Lewis (Jr., Grapevine, Texas) tallied 12 points.
Meanwhile, Mimi Mungedi scored seven of her game-high 24 points in overtime to lead the Wolf Pack, while also pitching in 14 rebounds. Danika Sharp added 15 points for Nevada, while Arielle Wideman registered 11 points and 10 assists.
The Falcons hit the road for their next two contests, first visiting Fresno State on Wednesday, Feb. 5, for a 7:00 p.m. (PT) tip-off.