SAN JOSÉ, Calif. - Air Force women’s basketball hung on to a hard fought 66-60 road win at San José State in Mountain West action Friday night at The SJSU Events Center. The win set a program record for most Mountain West wins in a season for the Falcons and secured an eighth-seed at the upcoming Mountain West Basketball Championship Tournament.
Freshmen Kaelin Immel and Emily Conroe combined for 40 points, including 19 of the teams’ 25 points. Immel scored 21 points and set a new program freshman scoring record with 429 points so far this season. Conroe added 19 points, with seven coming in the fourth quarter.
The record-setting night continued with senior Cortney Porter, who scored 11 points and dished out seven assists. Porter set the Air Force Div. I era record with 123 assists on the season.
Air Force controlled the game from the outset, taking the lead two minutes into the game and trailing just three time midway through the third quarter. The Falcons led 20-13 after the first quarter before the Spartans tied it up at 28-28 at halftime.
AIr Force went up by as many as six in the third quarter, before SJSU came back to take the lead. The Falcons took back the lead for good on a pair of free throws by Porter, going up 41-40 with 2:55 to play in the third.
The Falcons went up by six early in the fourth, before another Spartan rally cut the lead to one with 6:45 to play. AIr Force out-scored SJSU 17-10 the rest of the way to hold on it its second conference road win of the season.
The Falcons cap the regular season with a 5-24 record and 5-13 mark in Mountain West play. The five conference wins are the most in the MW era.
“We’ve continued to grow as a team all season and I’m very proud of the way we’ve played at the end of this season,” Air Force head coach Chris Gobrecht said. “I’m especially happy for our senior class, who has helped lay the foundation for the success we envision in the future.
“We got big bench play from Kennedy Beale and Jenn Urbaniak and Emily Conroe and Kaelin Immel carried us offensively,” Gobrecht added. “Cortney Porter controlled the tempo for us all game and that was important against a team that wants to run like San Jose State. We got to a couple offensive rebounds late and that helped us seal the game.
Myzhanique Ladd and Taylor Turney led San Jose State with 13 points each.
Air Force secured its best seeding in the Mountain West since the conference moved to 11 teams in 2013. The Falcons are slated to play nine-seed Utah State on Monday, March 5, at 2 pm PT, at the MW tourney.