Dec. 30, 2010
USAFA, Colo. - Navy's Veronica Ffrench knocked down a free throw with 1.7 seconds on the clock to win the game, as the Air Force women's basketball team came up short in a 63-62 loss to the service academy rival Thursday evening at Clune Arena.
In the final minute of regulation, Air Force sophomore Kelsey Berger (Mentor, Ohio) scored five points to help Air Force (4-8) rally from a 62-57 deficit. She knocked down her third three-pointer of the game with a minute left on the clock, and following a defensive stop by the Falcons on the other end, Berger hit a jumper with just 12 seconds remaining to tie the score.
As the seconds counted down, it appeared that the game was headed into overtime, but an Air Force foul put Ffrench on the line, where she made the first of two free throws. Following a miss on the second shot, the Falcons' Alicia Leipprandt (So., Ubly, Mich.) grabbed the rebound and called a timeout, but Air Force was unable to make a play in the final 1.4 seconds, giving the Midshipmen the win.
The Falcons had a strong start to the game, shooting 52 percent in the opening half and leading by as many as 10 points before taking a 38-33 advantage at the break. However, Air Force began to struggle offensively in the second period, while Navy began to heat up, outscoring the Falcons, 30-24, in the half.
The Midshipmen (6-6) held a 32-28 advantage on the boards and shot nearly 48 percent from the field. Meanwhile, the Falcons pressured Navy into 20 turnovers in the game.
Berger finished the game with 13 points to share the team lead with classmate Dymond James (Brambleton, Va.), while Leipprandt and Raimee Beck (Sr., Blackfoot, Idaho) added 10 points each for the Falcons. James also added a game-high 12 rebounds to finish with her third double-double of the year.
For the Mids, Chey Arvin scored a team-high 13 points, while Audrey Bauer added 11 points.
The Falcons close out their non-conference slate on Sunday, Jan. 2, when they host Colgate. The game, which is scheduled as the first half of a doubleheader with the Air Force men's team, is slated to begin at 2:00 p.m. in Clune Arena.