Dec. 6, 2013
USAFA, Colo. - Paced by career-high scoring efforts by Jimi Blagowsky (Jr., Edmond, Okla.) and Camille Thompson (Sr., McDonough, Ga.), the Air Force women's basketball team picked up its first victory of the season, defeating North Dakota State, 82-63, in the Air Force Classic on Friday evening.
Blagowsky, who knocked down five three-pointers, finished with a career-best 26 points and nine rebounds. Meanwhile, Thompson added a career-high 23 points, shooting 10-of-15 from the field, while also dishing out a career-best six assists. Also scoring in double figures for the Falcons was senior Cherae Medina (Denver, Colo.), who registered 11 points and six assists.
Air Force's only deficit of the game came in the first 15 seconds of action, when North Dakota State took a 2-0 lead with a pair of free throws. After scoring the next five points to take the lead, the Falcons never relinquished their advantage. Air Force, which led by as many as 12 points in the first 20 minutes, shot over 63 percent from the field in the opening half, including 80 percent (4-of-5) from beyond the arc, to stake a 46-35 lead at the intermission.
A pair of free throws early in the second half cut North Dakota State's deficit to single digits, but the Bison never got any closer, as Air Force began to pull away, leading by as many as 23 late in the second half.
The Falcons (1-5) outrebounded their opponent for the first time this season, holding a 45-39 advantage on the boards. Air Force also shot over 49 percent from the field for the game, including nearly 47 percent from long range, while holding the Bison to 34.8 percent shooting.
Kahla Becken led North Dakota State (3-5) with 14 points, while Brooke LeMar added 12 points for the Bison.
Earlier on Friday, Wyoming defeated SIUE, 87-63, in the first game of the Air Force Classic. Kayla Woodward and Kaitlyn Mileto each scored 19 points to lead the Cowgirls, while Jessie Wendt registered a game-high 24 points for the Cougars.
The Falcons conclude the Air Force Classic tomorrow, Dec. 7, when they host SIUE in a 4:30 p.m. contest. Meanwhile, North Dakota State will face Wyoming in the first game of the day, slated to begin at 2:00 p.m. in Clune Arena.