FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Air Force women’s basketball was a dealt a 61-50 setback at Colorado State Wednesday night at Moby Arena. Freshman Emily Conroe led four Falcons in double-figures scoring with 14 points.
Air Force went toe-to-toe with Colorado State for most of the game, but a scoring drought midway through the first half was the difference. The Falcons held a 11-9 lead with 3:10 to go in the first quarter before an 18-0 Rams run. The Falcons were unable to score for eight minutes during the run. Air Force came right back with a 9-2 run to close the second quarter and made it a 29-20 CSU lead at halftime.
Air Force kept chipping away at Colorado State’s lead, getting to within seven points and the ball with a little over a minute left in regulation. The Falcons were unable to get any closer, as the Rams closed the game out with the last four points.
Conroe paced the Falcons offensively, making 6 of 10 from the field and making both of Air Force’s three point baskets. The freshman also led the team with eight rebounds.
Freshman Kaelin Immel scored 13 points, making 9 of 11 from the free throw line. Senior Erika Chapman scored 11 points, all coming in the second half. Senior Cortney Porter added 10 points and seven rebounds. Junior Venessanna Itugbu gave the Falcons a strong defensive effort with a team-high two blocked shots to go with five rebounds.
Annie Brady led Colorado State with 16 points. Hannah Tvrdy added 13 points and Jordyn Edwards 10.
“When you let a team, that’s playing as well as Colorado State is, get a run like that, its hard to play catch up,” Air Force head coach Chris Gobrecht said. “We had to fight our way back and I though we did a good job in that regards. It’s disappointing when the end result isn’t a win, but we’re continuing to build the culture towards achieving success.”
Air Force returns to action Saturday, Feb. 10, at New Mexico.