Dec. 3, 2010
USAFA, Colo. - Despite a season-high 24 points from senior Raimee Beck (Blackfoot, Idaho), the Air Force women's basketball team came up short in a 79-74 loss to Bryant Friday evening in game one of the Air Force Classic.
Beck scored 20-plus points for the second-straight game and added a season-high eight rebounds to lead the Falcons, while sophomore Megan Muniz (Rio Rancho, N.M.) scored a career-best 17 points. In addition, junior Jamela Satterfield (Sacramento, Calif.) led Air Force with a game-high and career-high tying nine rebounds.
Air Force (3-5) started out the game hot, knocking down its first five shots to take a 12-4 lead. Meanwhile, Bryant (1-5) began to heat up, grabbing its first advantage of the game at the 12:28 mark with back-to-back three-pointers. The Bulldogs led by as many as six points in the half, but a jumper by Muniz near the end of the period tied the game at 37-37 going into the intermission.
The contest remained close after the break before Bryant began to pull away, taking a 63-55 advantage with just over five minutes to play. However, Air Force scored 10 of the next 12 points, including a four-point play from Beck, to tie the game once more with 3:30 on the clock. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs went on a run of their own, scoring 10 unanswered points over the next three minutes. While Muniz knocked down a pair of three-pointers in the final minute, it was not enough for Air Force to overcome its late deficit.
Bryant shot well in the game, knocking down 55 percent of its shots from the field, including 70 percent from long-range, while Air Force shot nearly 43 percent for the contest. Meanwhile, the Falcons had a slight 34-30 advantage on the boards.
The game was characterized with fouls on both ends of the court, with a combined 51 fouls called in the game and 71 combined free throw attempts. More than half of the Bulldogs' second-half points (22 of 42) came from the charity stripe.
The Falcons wrap up competition in the Air Force Classic tomorrow at 4:30 p.m., when they host Texas State. Meanwhile, Bryant and Weber State will play the first game of the day, scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m.