Nov. 12, 2012
FARMVILLE, Va. - A late second-half rally fell short as the Air Force women's basketball team dropped a 68-63 contest to Longwood Monday evening at Willett Hall.
The Falcons (0-2) trailed 62-52 with 1:06 remaining on the clock, but knocked down three three-pointers in the next 40 seconds to cut the margin to four points. However, Air Force was unable to convert in its last two possessions as Longwood (1-1) held on for the victory.
Senior captain Dymond James (Brambleton, Va.) paced the Falcons with her first double-double of the season, notching 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Alicia Leipprandt (Sr., Ubly, Mich.) and Cherae Medina (Jr., Denver, Colo.) added 14 points and 10 points respectively.
Air Force outscored the Lancers 5-0 to open the game, but scoreless drought by the Falcons led to a 7-5 Longwood lead. The Falcons' deficit was short-lived, as a layup from James sparked an 13-1 Air Force run over the next five minutes. The Falcons held on to their advantage for the rest of the half, going into the break with a 29-21 lead.
After the intermission, Longwood began to heat up, starting the second half on a 10-0 run to go back on top. While the lead changed sides several times throughout the period, a three-pointer by Chelsea Coward gave the Lancers a 50-48 advantage with just over six minutes remaining, and the Falcons were unable to regain the lead.
Longwood, which shot just 23.3 percent in the first period, scored more than half of its second-half points from beyond the arc, scoring eight three-pointers while shooting over 51 percent from the field after the break. Leading the way for the Lancers was Crystal Smith, who registered 23 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
The Falcons close out their three-game road swing this Saturday, Nov. 12, when they head to Pocatello, Idaho, for a non-conference game versus Idaho State.