USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force women’s basketball opened Mountain West play by dropping a 88-59 contest to New Mexico (13-1) Thursday night at Clune Arena. Senior Cortney Porter surpassed the 1,000 career points mark for Air Force and freshmen Emily Conroe and Kaelin Immel combined for 40 points.
Air Force hung with New Mexico in the first half, trailing by 11 at 37-26 at the intermission. Air Force was down by just one after the first quarter at 18-17. The Lobos pulled away with a 29-19 advantage in the third quarter.
Jaisa Nunn led three Lobos in double-figures scoring, with 18 points and nine rebounds. Alex Lapeyrolerie scored 16 and Madi Washington added 13.
Immel led all scorers and tied a career-high with 21 points. The freshman hit four three’s and pulled down seven rebounds. Conroe scored 19 points and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.
Porter, who entered the game with 994 career points, scored seven points to give her 1,001 for her career. She became the 15th player in program history to reach 1,000 career points. She is the first to do since the 2013 season and just the sixth in the Div. I era. Porter also dished out a season-high seven assists and led the team with two steals.
Air Force’s top producers off the bench were freshmen Sierra Rains and Naomi Hughes. Rains scored five points and pulled down four rebounds. Hughes scored four and grabbed six boards.
Air Force returns to action Saturday, Dec. 30, hosting Fresno State. Tip time is 1 pm MT.