SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Air Force women’s basketball captured a series sweep over San Diego State with a hard-fought 56-48 win Wednesday night in Mountain West action at Viejas Arena. Air Force earned its first sweep of an opponent since 2008.
The Falcons led wire-to-wire and by as many as 19 points. Air Force led by double-digits the entire second and third quarters. A late run by the Aztecs brought the game back to single digits at the end. Air Force earned its first series sweep of an opponent since 2008, when it swept Colorado State.
Senior Erika Chapman led Air Force with a career-high 17 points, to go with seven rebounds. Chapman was 6 of 10 from the field and 5 of 5 from the free throw line.
Freshman Emily Conroe added 11 points and seven rebounds. Dee Bennett scored nine points to go with five rebounds and two blocked shots. Kaelin Immel added eight points and three rebounds.
Air Force jumped all over San Diego State early, opening with an 8-0 run to start the game. The Falcons led 20-8 after the first quarter and 32-15 at halftime. Air Force played inspired defense, limiting the Aztecs to three field goals in the first half and 14.3 percent shooting from the field. For the game, the Falcons held SDSU to 28 percent shooting from the field.
Air Force led in nearly all statistical categories, holding advantages in rebounds (36-29), assists (13-4), blocks (6-1) and steals (11-10). The Falcons also out-scored SDSU 28-20 in the paint and 14-10 in bench scoring.
Geena Gomez led San Diego State with 18 points, going 12-of-13 from the free throw line. San Diego State scored 18 of its points from the free throw line, as the Falcons limited them to 30 points from the field.
“This was something new for us, in terms getting up on a team and maintaining,” Air Force head coach Chris Gobrecht said. “I was proud of how we played in the third quarter and I felt our bench had its best game of the season in terms of giving us some much needed help. Erika Chapman was fantastic for us.”
Air Force returns to action Saturday, Feb. 24, at Utah State.