Nov. 5, 2012
USAFA, Colo. - The Air Force women's basketball team pulled away in the second half to earn an 83-57 exhibition victory over Chadron State Monday evening in Clune Arena.
The Eagles scored on their first possession to take their first, and only, lead of the game, as the Falcons responded with a 10-0 scoring run. While Air Force led by as many as 14 points in the first half, Chadron State began to chip away at their deficit, cutting the margin to 37-33 with just over a minute and a half before the break. However, the Falcons closed out the half, capped off by a basket from Dymond James (Sr., Brambleton, Va.) at the buzzer, to go into the locker room with a 44-35 advantage.
Air Force came out of the intermission on a hot streak, hitting eight of their first 11 shots in the second half, to begin pulling away, eventually getting out to a 30-point advantage. The Falcons also played better on the board after the break, grabbing 34 of their 51 rebounds in the second half.
Three players scored in double-figures for Air Force, led by senior Alicia Leipprandt (Ubly, Mich.) with 18 points. James added 17 points and five rebounds, while Katie Hilbig (Sr., Castle Rock, Colo.) pitched in 14 points. Freshman Missy Byrd (Decatur, Ga.) led Air Force with seven rebounds, while junior Cherae Medina (Denver, Colo.) dished out a team-best six assists.
The Eagles also finished with three players who scored in double-figures. Jazmin Lopez tallied 14 points and nine rebounds, Kattie Ranta added 12 points and nine rebounds and Hattie Guzman registered 12 points and eight rebounds.
Air Force plays its first regular season game of the year this Friday, Nov. 9, when it visits Northern Colorado in a non-conference match-up. The game is slated to begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion.