Falcons Soar Past UCCS, 84-44, In Exhibition

    Junior center Liz Dunsworth.
    Junior center Liz Dunsworth.

    Nov. 6, 2009

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    USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - The Air Force women's basketball team rolled to an 84-44 exhibition victory over UCCS Friday night at Clune Arena. Five Falcons reached double-digits in scoring, led by senior Kathleen Schjodt's 20 points. Sophomore Anna Gault dished out 13 assists as well.

    Air Force raced out to 9-0 and 19-2 leads to start the game and never looked back. Featuring an up-tempo offense, the Falcons took 82 shots in the game making 36, good for a 43.9 percent average. Last year, AFA averaged 52 shots a game.

    Schjodt sank 10-of-14 from the field in just 18 minutes of work. Junior center Liz Dunsworth displayed a much-improved offensive game as well, finishing second on the team with 15 points and eight rebounds. Despite missing all seven three-point attempts, junior Raimee Beck still managed a solid game, scoring 11 points to go with nine rebounds and six steals.

    Freshmen Katie Hilbig and Dymond James came off the bench to score 10 points each in their Falcon debuts. James also added eight rebounds in 17 minutes and Hilbig four rebounds in 13 minutes.

    UCCS was led by Mallory Lowe, who scored 15 points and pulled down seven rebounds.

    Air Force dominated the boards in the game, out rebounding UCCS, 61-40. The Falcons also held a 29-11 advantage in assists.

    The Falcons took a 39-19 lead at the half and then outscored the Mountain Lions 45-25 in the second half.

    Eight Falcons saw their first collegiate level action. Freshman Kelsey Berger started for Air Force at forward, scoring five points and pulling down five rebounds. Freshman guard Alicia Leipprandt had three points and four rebounds and freshman guard Austyn Wilson scored three points to go with five rebounds. Freshmen guards Desiree Wilson and Danielle Sorrera also saw some minutes.



    Sophomore guard Kira Gonzalez also played her first-career game, with one steal in four minutes. Junior forward Candice Chase returned to action after missing her entire sophomore season. Chase finished with six points, three rebounds and three assists in 14 minutes. Sophomore guard Jamela Satterfield also pulled down four rebounds in 13 minutes as well.

    Air Force opens the 2009-10 regular season next weekend, Nov. 12-13, at the Holiday Inn Emerald Beach Tip-Off Tournament in Corpus Christi, Texas. The Falcons face off against tourney host Texas A&M Corpus Christi on the 12th and will play either Alabama or Tennessee Tech on the 13th.

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