Nov. 27, 2009
STONY BROOK, N.Y. - The Air Force women's basketball team lost at Stony Brook, 72-60, Friday night at Pritchard Gymnasium. The Falcons fall to 1-5 on the season, while the Seawolves improved 1-4.
Despite struggling to get its offense going, and trailing by as many as 23 points, the Falcons made a furious late-game rally to make things close.
Trailing 57-41 at the 3:41 mark, things looked bleak for Air Force after leading scorer Raimee Beck fouled out. At that point freshman guard Alicia Leipprandt took over, leading the Falcons on a 14-4 run in a little under two minutes to make it a six point game at 61-55 with 1:47 left to play. Leipprandt scored 10 points in that run, including eight in a row to start.
The clock ran out on the Falcons' rally, however, as Stony Brook sealed the game by sinking nine free throws in the last 90 seconds of the game. In a closely called game by the referee's, the teams combined for 57 fouls and 65 free throw shots.
After a slow start of just 18 first-half points, the Falcons scored 42 in the latter half. Stony Brook led 25-18 at halftime.
Air Force started off well in the second-half, pulling to within four points early, but then struggled once Stony Brook went to a full-court press. After getting the score to 27-23 at the 18:03 mark, the Seawolves went on a 16-2 run to make it a 43-25 game at the 12:09 mark. That lead was further extended to 23 as Stony Brook went up 55-32 at the 7:41 mark.
Kirsten Jeter led Stony Brook with 20 points. Misha Horsey added 11 points and Sam Landers 10 for the Seawolves.
Beck led Air Force with 12 points and eight rebounds before fouling out for the first time in her career. Leipprandt notched a career-high 12 points as well.
Freshman forwards Dymond James and Katie Hilbig also played well for the Falcons. James notched career-high's with 10 points and six rebounds and Hilbig had six points and a career-high seven rebounds.
Sophomore Kira Gonzalez and freshman Bethany Gross also played their first-career games for Air Force.
Air Force returns to action Friday, Dec. 4, hosting the Air Force Classic. Air Force takes on Chicago State at 5 p.m. and will be followed by Drake vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 7:30 p.m.