Feb. 15, 2014
USAFA, Colo. - In a game that featured four ties and 12 lead changes, the Air Force women's basketball team fell short against San Diego State, dropping a 77-66 contest to the Aztecs on Saturday afternoon in Clune Arena.
Four different players finished in double figures for Air Force, led by senior Camille Thompson (McDonough, Ga.) with 16 points. Freshman Kelly Lujan (Reno, Nev.) added a career-best 14 points, Jimi Blagowsky (Jr., Edmond, Okla.) registered 13 points and a personal-best nine assists and Madeleine Philpot (So., Mobile, Ala.) pitched in 10 points. In addition, junior Lindsey Lewis (Grapevine, Texas) finished just shy of her second-straight double-double, tallying nine points and nine rebounds.
In the opening half, the Falcons shot over 51 percent from the field, but the Aztecs used their advantage on the offensive glass to keep the game close throughout the first 20 minutes. After seven lead changes in the first period, Air Force went into the intermission with a 35-33 lead.
A 7-2 run by the Falcons in the first four minutes of the second period gave Air Force its largest lead of the game, but San Diego State responded with a run of its own, eventually taking a 55-46 advantage with just under eight minutes to play. Meanwhile, the Falcons fought back, gaining a 61-59 lead with a three-pointer from Blagowsky with 5:26 on the clock. Air Force's lead was short-lived, as San Diego State outscored the Falcons 18-5 to close out the game.
The Falcons finished the game with 20 assists and just 13 turnovers, but the Aztecs dominated the battle of the boards, outrebounding Air Force 51-27. In addition, San Diego State scored 27 second-chance points for the game and registered 44 points in the paint.
Leading the way for San Diego State (9-13, 6-6) was Cierra Warren with 20 points, while Danesha Long added 18 points and 11 rebounds.
The Falcons (1-22, 0-13) have a mid-week bye coming up, but return to action on Saturday, Feb. 22, when they visit Nevada in a 4:00 p.m. (PT) contest.