Air Force Holds Off Metro State for Exhibition Victory
Nov. 5, 2010
USAFA, Colo. - Led by 21 points from sophomore Alicia Leipprandt (Ubly, Mich.), the Air Force women's basketball team picked up a 58-55 exhibition victory over Metro State Friday night at Clune Arena. Joining Leipprandt in double-digits were senior Raimee Beck (Blackfoot, Idaho) and sophomore Dymond James (Brambleton, Va.) with 14 points each.
The Falcons recovered from an early five-point deficit, heating up from the field to take a 29-24 advantage at the intermission. Air Force continued its hot streak to open the second half, hitting seven straight field goals to extend its lead to 17 points. However, the Roadrunners began to slowly chip away at the margin, eventually tying the score at 53-53 with just under three minutes to play.
Air Force was able to stave off the Metro State comeback, regaining the lead with a layup from sophomore Katie Hilbig (Castle Rock, Colo.), while a basket by James with just 30 seconds remaining helped ice the 58-55 win.
Beck recorded a team-best seven rebounds and three assists, while Leipprandt and James added six boards each.
Metro State was led by Jasmine Cervantes, who tallied 11 points and nine rebounds. Air Force was outrebounded for the game, 41-32, but recorded 12 steals in the contest and shot over 43 percent from the field (24-55).
Air Force officially opens the 2010-11 season next weekend, Nov. 12, when it hosts Lipscomb in a non-conference match-up. The game is slated to begin at 1:00 p.m. in Clune Arena.