March 2, 2013
USAFA, Colo. - Giving up 30 points off turnovers, the Air Force women's basketball team fell to Fresno State, 80-55, Saturday afternoon at Clune Arena.
The Falcons registered 17 turnovers in the first half alone and gave up six three-pointers in the opening 20 minutes, as they went into the locker room with a 49-29 deficit.
Air Force opened the second half by outscoring Fresno State 17-7, cutting the margin to 10 points with just over 10 minutes to play. However, the Bulldogs responded with eight unanswered points to pull away. Fresno State led by as many as 28 points in the waning seconds of the game before Saphira Philson (Fr., Naples, Fla.) knocked down a three-pointer at the buzzer to account for the final score.
The Falcons finished with 28 turnovers, as the Bulldogs came up with 21 steals in the contest. Air Force also shot just 26.5 percent from the field in the second half, after converting over 48 percent of its shots in the opening period. Both teams recorded 39 rebounds, with Dymond James (Sr., Brambleton, Va.) bringing down a game-high 10 boards for the Falcons.
Katie Hilbig (Sr., Castle Rock, Colo.), Alicia Leipprandt (Sr., Ubly, Mich.) and Cherae Medina (Jr., Denver, Colo.) scored 11 points each to lead Air Force's offense, while Ki-Ki Moore scored a game-high 24 points to lead three Bulldogs in double figures.
The Falcons close out their home slate on Wednesday, March 6, when they host league-leading San Diego State in a 7:00 p.m. contest.