ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Air Force women’s basketball dropped a 71-64 contest at Navy Wednesday night at Alumni Hall. Freshman Emily Conroe paced four Falcons in double-figures, with 19 points.
Navy shot 50 percent from three-point range, connecting on 9-of-18 attempts. A 16-0 run in the first-half allowed the Midshipmen to hold off Air Force’s second-half rally.
Kaila Clark led Navy with 15 points and seven rebounds. Taylor Dunham added 14 points.
Conroe, playing in front of a large and loud contingent of family and friends, scored a career-high for points and also led the team with eight rebounds. The guard, who grew up 90 miles away in Fredericksburg, Va., was 3-of-3 from three-point range as well.
Senior Erika Chapman and freshman Kailin Immel scored 13 points each. Cortney Porter added 10 points, four assists and four steals.
Freshman Sierra Rains made her collegiate debut for the Falcons. Rains logged two minutes in reserve. She became the eighth Falcon freshman to appear in a game this season.
Air Force trailed Navy 22-10 after the first quarter and 38-22 at halftime. The Falcons found a counter to Navy’s pressure defense in the second-half, out-scoring the Mids 42-33 in the latter half. Air Force out-scored Navy 20-16 in the third quarter and 22-17 in the fourth.
The Falcons had their best shooting night of the season, connecting on 44.9 percent of its shots from the field. Air Force also made a scorching 66.7 percent from three-point range, connecting on 6-of-9 attempts.
“Having the short turnover between games to prepare for Navy really hurt us,” Air Force head coach Chris Gobrecht said. “It took us a full half to figure out how to defend them properly and by then it was too late. I’m proud of the way we rallied back in the second half. We played hard and gave a full effort. We almost had a chance to really make a game of it late, but Navy hit a couple dagger three’s.”
Air Force is off the remainder of the Thanksgiving weekend and returns to action Wednesday, Nov. 29, hosting Colorado Christian.