Dec. 4, 2010
Backed by a strong defensive effort, the Air Force women's basketball team earned a 61-41 victory over Texas State in the final game of the Air Force Classic on Saturday. With the victory, the Falcons move to 4-5 on the year, surpassing their win total from last season, while the Bobcats fall to 3-4.
The Falcons limited the Bobcats to just eight points in the first half, tying a school-record for fewest points allowed in a half, a mark which was set against Oberlin in 1979. Texas State, which shot just 12.5 percent from the field in the opening period, scored their last point of the period with more than eight minutes to go before the intermission.
While the Bobcats warmed up in the second half, the Falcons were able to retain control, leading by as many as 22 points. Air Force held a 43-36 advantage on the glass in the game and forced 19 turnovers. Meanwhile, the Falcons committed a season-low 10 turnovers to earn their fourth win of the season.
Three Air Force players scored in double figures, led by freshman Megan O'Neil (Denver, Colo.) with a career-best 13 points. Sophomore Alicia Leipprandt (Ubly, Mich.) added 11 points, while Dymond James (So., Brambleton, Va.) posted her second double-double of the season with 10 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
For Texas State, Anna Brzozowski was the lone player scoring in double-figures, finishing with 11 points.
At the end of the game, senior Raimee Beck (Blackfoot, Idaho) was named the tournament MVP, averaging 15.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists for the tournament. Also named to the all-tournament team for Air Force was sophomore Megan Muniz, while Bryant's Danielle Douglass and Siamone Bennett, Texas State's Brzozowski and Weber State's Megan Patterson rounded out the squad.
The Falcons are back on the road this week, Dec. 8, when they head up I-25 to face Denver in non-conference action. The game is slated to begin at 7:00 p.m. at Magness Arena.