Nov. 20, 2010
PORTLAND, Ore. - In its third-straight game away from home, the Air Force women's basketball team came up short in a 62-51 road loss to Portland Saturday afternoon at the Chiles Center. The Falcons fall to 1-3 overall on the season, while the Pilots remain undefeated at 4-0.
Sophomore Kelsey Berger (Mentor, Ohio), starting in place of absent senior Raimee Beck, registered a season-high 17 points and eight rebounds, while Alicia Leipprandt (So., Ubly, Mich.) added 12 points. In addition, sophomore Dymond James (Brambleton, Va.) pulled down a career-best 15 rebounds to go with her nine points.
The game was close throughout the opening half, with Portland holding a slight 34-31 edge at the intermission. However, the Pilots began to pull away after the break, taking advantage of 15 second-half turnovers by the Falcons. Portland led by as many as 16 points with three minutes left to play, before taking the 62-51 victory.
The Falcons outshot the Pilots, 40 percent to 34 percent, for the game and also had a 43-33 rebounding advantage over the larger Portland lineup. Air Force also held the high-scoring Pilots to a season-low 62 points.
The Falcons return home for their next five games, starting with a contest versus UT Martin Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. in Clune Arena.