Dec. 8, 2012
DENVER, Colo. - Despite turning in its highest offensive performance of the season, the Air Force women's basketball team fell to Denver, 77-73, Saturday afternoon at Magness Arena.
Senior Dymond James (Brambleton, Va.) led four Falcons in double-figures scoring, registering a season-high-tying 17 points. Alicia Leipprandt (Sr., Ubly, Mich.) added 14 points, Cherae Medina (Jr., Denver, Colo.) scored a career-high-tying 12 points and Austyn Wilson (Sr., Dallas, Texas) chipped in 10 points for Air Force.
Meanwhile, senior Katie Hilbig (Castle Rock, Colo.) led all rebounders in the game, pulling down a career-high 15 boards.
The Falcons (0-9) got out to an 8-0 lead to start the game, holding the Pioneers scoreless for nearly five minutes. Denver responded with a five-point spurt of its own, but Air Force was able to push its advantage back to eight points. Leading by as many as 11 in the opening half, the Falcons went in to the locker room with a 34-26 edge, capped off by a layup from Leipprandt with three seconds on the clock.
The Pioneers (4-4) scored the first six points after the break to tie the score before Medina put the Falcons back ahead with five straight points. Meanwhile, Denver gained its first lead of the contest with 11:54 remaining in the second half as the teams battled back-and-forth with six ties and seven lead changes in the final period.
Denver pulled ahead for good with just over five minutes to play, knocking down two free throws to take a 58-57 lead, while draining a pair of three-point attempts. Leading by as many as six points, the Pioneers went on to score their last nine points at the charity stripe in the final 1:07 to hold off Air Force.
The Falcons are back in action next Thursday, Dec. 13, when they host CSU Bakersfield in a 7:00 p.m. contest.