Air Force Defeats Colorado School Of Mines In Preseason Exhibition
Oct. 31, 2006
USAFA, Colo. - Able to hold off a late-game rally by the visiting Orediggers, the Air Force women's basketball team picked up a 55-49 exhibition victory over Colorado School of Mines Tuesday evening in Clune Arena. The Falcons knocked down four free throws in the final 38 seconds of the game to seal the win in their opening exhibition.
Air Force led just 51-49 with 1:05 remaining, when CSM's Angela Pearson was sent to the charity stripe with the chance to tie the game. After Pearson missed both free throws, the Falcons' Alecia Steele (Jr., Oklahoma City, Okla.) grabbed the rebound and was fouled, earning a trip to the line. She knocked down both shots, followed by a pair of free throws by junior Pamela Findlay (Glenview, Ill.), to secure the victory.
The Falcons struggled for much of the first half, trailing by as many as seven points with just under two and a half minutes to play in the opening period. However, Air Force closed out the first half on a 10-2 run, capped off by a layup from Lauren Henderson (Jr., Nixa, Mo.) at the buzzer, to take the 25-24 advantage at intermission.
Air Force began to pull away in the second stanza, leading 46-36 midway through the half. However, the Falcons, who shot just 39 percent from the foul line, began to let the Orediggers back in the game. CSM shot 45 percent from the field in the second half, including 50 percent from long range, but was never able to overcome its deficit.
The Orediggers outrebounded the Falcons 41-36 for the game, though Air Force had a 22-15 edge on the offensive boards. CSM was also hurt by turnovers, committing 29 in the contest.
Findlay led Air Force with 12 points, eight rebounds and four steals, while senior Letricia Castillo (Anchorage, Alaska) and sophomore Brooke Cultra (Onarga, Ill.) added 11 points each. Meanwhile, Sara Eickelman was the lone scorer in double figures for the Orediggers, finishing with 10 points.
The Falcons wrap up their preseason schedule on Sunday, Nov. 5, when they host Metro State in another exhibition. Tip-off is slated for 2:00 p.m. in Clune Arena. Admission for the exhibition is free and open to the public.