Feb. 5, 2011
USAFA, Colo. - Sophomore Dymond James (Brambleton, Va.) notched her fifth double-double of the year, but the Air Force women's basketball team was unable to get past the visiting Utes, dropping a 55-40 contest to Utah Saturday afternoon in Clune Arena.
With the loss, the Falcons fall to 7-15 overall on the season and 2-7 in the MWC, while the Utes improve to 12-11, 5-4 in the league.
While both teams shot poorly from the field, particularly in the first half, Utah was able to grab a 25-21 lead at the intermission. The Falcons came out strong to open the second period, outscoring the Utes 8-2 in the first four minutes of action to grab a 29-27 lead. However, Utah's Iwalani Rodrigues went on a 12-0 run which included three consecutive three-pointers, to put the Utes ahead for good.
Air Force, which never got closer than four points the rest of the way, was hurt by poor shooting from the charity stripe, knocking down just 11-of-19 (.579) of its attempts from the free throw line. The Falcons were also hampered by their inability to keep the Utes off the boards, giving up 19 second-chance points to Utah.
James was the only player in double figures for Air Force, finishing with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Meanwhile Rodrigues and Michelle Plouffe led Utah with 20 points each.
The Falcons are on the road for their next contest, as they travel to Provo, Utah, on Feb. 9 to take on BYU in a 7:00 p.m. contest.