Dec. 7, 2013
USAFA, Colo. - Hampered by a sluggish first-half offensive performance, the Air Force women's basketball team dropped a 76-55 decision to SIUE Saturday in the final game of the Air Force Classic.
Senior captain Cherae Medina (Denver, Colo.) led the Falcons with 19 points, including a career-high five three-point field goals, while sophomore Missy Byrd (Decatur, Ga.) added 12 points and eight rebounds.
The Falcons got out to a slow start, trailing 14-0 in the first four minutes of the contest before Medina knocked down a three-pointer to put Air Force on the board. However, SIUE continued to pull away, taking a 42-19 advantage at the intermission.
Air Force began to battle back, eventually getting with 14 points following a three-point play by Camille Thompson (Sr., McDonough, Ga.) at the 5:00 mark, but the Falcons were unable to finish their comeback.
SIUE, which outrebounded Air Force 25-12 in the opening half, finished with a 41-33 edge on the boards. The Cougars were also able to get to the free throw line, attempting 29 foul shots, compared to just nine for the Falcons.
Jessie Wendt led SIUE with 21 points, while CoCo Moore added 16 points.
In the first game of the day, Wyoming rallied back from a 14-point second-half deficit to post a 72-69 victory over North Dakota State. Leading the way for the Cowgirls was senior Fallon Lewis, who registered 20 points and 21 rebounds, while Holly Johnson registered 31 points and 12 rebounds for the Bison.
At the conclusion of the tournament, Lewis was named the Air Force Classic MVP, while Medina, Wendt, Johnson and Wyoming's Kayla Woodward were named to the all-tournament team.
The Falcons are back in action on Wednesday, Dec. 11, when they visit Omaha in a non-conference match-up.