Air Force Hosts UNLV in Mountain West Home Opener

    Senior Camille Thompson

    Senior Camille Thompson

    Jan. 3, 2014

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    The Air Force women's basketball team begins its home conference slate this Saturday, Jan. 4, when it hosts UNLV in a 1:00 p.m. contest.

    LAST TIME OUT...
    A second-half rally fell short, as the Falcons dropped an 88-78 decision to league newcomer Utah State in its Mountain West opener on Wednesday evening.

    Air Force knocked down a school-record 15 three-pointers, including 11 in the second half alone, against the Aggies. Junior Jimi Blagowsky was the Falcons' leading scorer with 19 points, including 5-of-8 from beyond the arc, while seniors Camille Thompson and Cherae Medina added 17 and 16 points, respectively.

    SCOUTING THE FALCONS...
    Air Force enters this weekend's contest with a 1-10 overall record and 0-1 mark in the Mountain West, following its loss to Utah State on Wednesday. Junior Jimi Blagowsky is the Falcons' leading scorer on the season with 12.0 points per game, while senior Cherae Medina adds 10.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and a team-leading 4.4 assists per game.

    SCOUTING THE LADY REBELS...
    UNLV enters this weekend's game with a 3-10 overall record on the season and an 0-1 mark in the Mountain West. The Lady Rebels are coming off a 79-63 home loss to Fresno State on Wednesday.

    Three players average in double figures in scoring for the Lady Rebels, led by Alana Cesarz with 13.5 points per game. Danielle Miller and Mia Bell add 12.7 and 11.1 points per contest, respectively, while Aley Rohde is the team's leading rebounder with 7.3 boards per game.

    AIR FORCE IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST RANKINGS...
    Through games of Jan. 2, Air Force ranks sixth in the Mountain West in three-point field goal percentage (.316). The Falcons also lead the league in three-point field goal percentage (.536) and three-point field goals made (15.0) in conference games only.

    Individually, senior Cherae Medina ranks third in the Mountain West in assists per game (4.4), tied for seventh in three-point field goals made per game (2.0) and ninth in assist/turnover ratio (1.4), while junior Jimi Blagowsky ranks sixth in three-point field goals made per game (2.1) and 10th in three-point field goal percentage (.377).

    UNLV IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST RANKINGS...
    Through games of Jan. 2, UNLV ranks third in the Mountain West in steals per game (8.5). In conference games only, the Lady Rebels lead the league in free throw percentage (.800), while ranking second in steals (11.0) and three-point field goal percentage (.455).

    Individually, Alana Cesarz ranks third in the league in three-point field goal percentage (.405) and 10th in free throw percentage (.766); Aley Rohde ranks tied for fifth in rebounds (7.3 pg), sixth in defensive rebounds (4.8 pg) and tied for seventh in blocked shots per game (1.3); Rmanii Haynes ranks seventh in steals (1.8 pg); Mia Bell ranks eighth in steals (1.7 pg); and Rejane Verin ranks 10th in defensive rebounds (4.3 pg).

    SETTING A SCHOOL RECORD...
    With their 15 three-pointers made against Utah State on Wednesday, the Falcons set a school record for made three-point field goals in a single game. The previous record of 14 three-pointers was set versus St. Joseph's in 1999.

    CHERAE DROPPING THE DIMES...
    Senior Cherae Medina dished out a season-high nine assists against Utah State to lead Air Force to its second-highest assist total (19) of the season. With her performance, Medina moved into a tie for seventh place on the Falcons' Division I career assist list with 183 career assists.

    BLOCK PARTY...
    In the Falcons' last three games, Air Force's blocked shots have come primarily from their smaller players, the guards. Against Utah State on Wednesday, senior guard Cherae Medina registered a career-high three blocked shots to lead the Falcons, doubling her career block total.

    Meanwhile, senior Camille Thompson is currently the Falcons' leading shot blocker on the season with five blocks, despite standing just 5-5. All five of Thompson's blocks came during the Hampton Inn Oceanfront Holiday Classic, Dec. 20-21. Thompson recorded Air Force's only two blocks against North Florida, while notching a career-high three blocks versus Eastern Illinois.

    FALCONS IN THE RECORD BOOKS...
    Senior Cherae Medina and junior Jimi Blagowsky have both recently entered the Falcons' Division I career record books. Medina is currently tied for seventh in Air Force's Division I era in career assists with 183, while ranking eighth in career three-point field goal percentage (.316) and 10th in career three-point field goals made (60). Meanwhile, Blagowsky ranks fifth in career three-point field goal percentage (.338) in the Division I era.

    NEXT UP...
    The Falcons remain at home for their next contest, as they host Fresno State on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 7:00 p.m.

     

     

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