Air Force opens MWC Play Hosting TCU Wednesday

Jan. 4, 2010

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TCU (10-3) vs. Air Force (3-10)
Wednesday, Jan. 6

Tipoff: 7 p.m.
Location: USAF Academy, Colo.
Arena: Clune Arena
Capacity: 5,939
Series: TCU leads, 13-1
Last Meeting: TCU won, 67-57, on Feb. 18, 2009.
Internet Radio/Live Stats:
Radio Talent: Jay Ritchie

Falcons Open MWC Play Hosting TCU
The Air Force women's basketball team opens Mountain West Conference play by hosting TCU this Wednesday, Jan. 6. Live internet radio and stats will be available for the game, which tips off at 7 p.m. in Clune Arena.

2009-10 Falcons
Air Force returns six letterwinners and three starters from last years team. Junior guard Raimee Beck is the Falcons' top returning scorer, averaging 12.9 points per game as a sophomore. Junior center Liz Dunsworth and sophomore point guard Anna Gault also started last year. Air Force welcomes nine freshmen to the team, the largest freshman class in school history.

Last Outing
Air Force won a 74-66 contest against Western State on Jan. 2. Junior guard Raimee Beck scoredd 18 points to lead the Falcons. Freshmen Dymond James and Alicia Leipprandt added 17 and 12 points each. The Falcons shot a season-high 54.5 percent from the field to score a season-high 74 points.

Scouting Air Force
Air Force is 3-10 on the season. Junior guard Raimee Beck leads the team offensively, scoring 15.7 points per game to go with 7.3 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Anna Gault ranks third in the confernce, averaging 4.7 assists per game. Air Force is averaging 57.2 points per game and allowing 66.2.

Scouting TCU
TCU is 10-3 on the season after defeating Houston and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi last week. Junior guard/forward Helena Sverrisdottir leads the team offensively, scoring 14.2 points per game to go with 7.1 rebounds per game. The Horned Frogs are averaging 73.2 points per game and allowing 60.1.

Series History/Notes
- Air Force and TCU have met 14 times with the Horned Frogs having won the last 13 meetings.
- The two teams first met on Feb. 26, 1988, a 73-72 Air Force win at the Academy.

Last Meeting
The Air Force women's basketball team dropped a 67-57 Mountain West Conference game to TCU on Feb. 18, 2009, at Clune Arena. Air Force had one of its strongest games in conference play, making nine three-point baskets and going a perfect 6-for-6 from the line. The Falcons shot 45 percent from three-point range on the day. The game was close throughout, but TCU was able to put together runs whenever Air Force threatened. The trio of Emily Carter, T.K. LaFleur and Helena Sverrisdottir combined to score 54 of the Frogs' 67 points. Carter led TCU with 20 points, making 4-of-7 from three-point range. LaFleur scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Sverrisdottir scored 16 to go with eight rebounds and six assists. Air Force got a big nights out of Raimee Beck and Anna Gault. Beck led all scorers with 23 points and added eight rebounds and five assists. Her seven three-point baskets was one off the school and conference game records. Gault notched her first-career double-double with career-high's of 10 points and 10 assists and hit a pair of three-point baskets. Tied 37-37 with 17:14 to go in the second half, TCU took control of the game with a 7-0 run as Air Force went on a six-minute scoreless drought. The Frogs slowly extended their lead with timely three's by Carter and by getting to the free throw line. TCU made all seven of its free throws in the second half and was 10-of-12 for the game. Air Force got solid production off the bench from Kathleen Schjodt, who scored nine point and grabbed five rebounds. The Falcons shot 38.9 percent from the field and tied a season-high with 19 assists.

Western State Game Recap
Shooting a season-best 54.5 percent from the field, Air Force erased a halftime deficit to rally to a 74-66 win over Western State Saturday afternoon at Clune Arena. The win improves the Falcons to 3-10 on the season and drops the Mountaineers to 4-10.

The trio of junior guard Raimee Beck, freshman guard Alicia Leipprandt and freshman forward Dymond James combined to score 47 of the Falcon's season-high 74 points. The trio combined to score 30 of Air Force's 38 second-half points.

Beck scored a team-high 18 points to go with five rebounds and three three-point baskets. James scored a career-high 17 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the field to go with seven rebounds. Leipprandt added 12 points and three rebounds.

Western State had three players reach double-figures in scoring, led by Brooke Pendergraft's 21 points. Amber Murray added 16 and Kristen Forbes 14 points.

Despite shooting 62.3 percent from the field in the first half, the Falcons trailed 39-36 at halftime. Western State led by hitting six three-point baskets, while Air Force hit on just one.

Air Force stepped up its efforts defensively in the second-half, holding Western State to 25.9 percent shooting from the field after shooting 46.9 percent in the first-half.

The Falcons took their first lead, 50-48, with 11 minutes left in the game. Trailing 38-46, the AFA ripped off an 23-6 run over an eight-minute span to lead 61-52 with seven minutes to go.

The Falcons also dominated the boards, out-rebounding Western State 40-30. Freshman forward Kelsey Berger led all rebounders with nine boards.

Sophomore point guard Anna Gault also played well for the Falcons, dishing out a game-high six assists. Freshman guard Desiree Wilson also scored her first career points with a basket in the second half.

Beck Leading The Way For Falcons
Junior guard Raimee Beck is off to a strong start so far in 2009-10. Beck had led Air Force in scoring all but twice and had led the team in rebounding 10 times. She amongst the MWC top 10 in several categories.

Scoring-3rd/15.7 ppg
Rebounding-7th/7.3 rpg
Free throw Pct.-3rd/.844
Minutes per game-1st/36.8 mpg
3 PT FG per game-3rd/2.4

Gault Amongst MWC Leaders In Assists

Sophomore point guard Anna Gault ranks amongst the MWC top five in assists. Gault is third in assists, averaging 4.7 per game. Gault is already 10th all-time (Div. I era) in assists at Air Force.

Her current 4.7 apg puts her on pace for 141 assists in 30 games, which would shatter the Div. I record of 119 set by Latoya Howell in 2002-03.

Freshmen Make Immediate Impact
Four Falcon freshmen are already already making immediate impacts for the Falcons. Four of Air Force's top six scorers are freshmen. Rookies Alicia Leipprandt, Kelsey Berger, Katie Hilbig and Dymond James, rank second-through-sixth in scoring for the Falcons.

Same Starting Five In Every Game
Air Force has started the same five players in every game so far in 2009. Senior Kathleen Schjodt, juniors Raimee Beck and Liz Dunsworth, sophomore Anna Gault and freshman Kelsey Berger have started every game for the Falcons.

Falcon Bench Has Big Game vs. Western State
The Air Force bench scored a season-high 43 points against Western State. Thirty eight of those points came from five freshmen. The reserve players shot .643 from the field as well.

Team Captains Senior Kathleen Schjodt and junior Raimee Beck have been named team co-captains for the 2009-10 season. Schjodt is a three-year letterwinner at forward. Beck is a two-year letterwinner and returning starter at guard.

Six Letterwinners and Three Starters Return
Six letterwinners and three starters return for the Falcons. Juniors Raimee Beck and Liz Dunsworth and sophomore Anna Gault are Air Forces returning starters. Senior Kathleen Schjodt, junior Candice Chase and sophomore Jamela Satterfield round out the other returners. In addition, sophomore Kira Gonzalez, who did not play in any game as a freshman, also returns.

Falcons Welcome Nine Newcomers
Air Force welcomes nine freshmen in 2009-10, its largest rookie class in school history.

F Kelsey Berger (Mentor, Ohio)
G Bethany Gross (Alexandria, S.D.)
F Katie Hilbig (Castle Rock, Colo.)
F Dymond James (Brambleton, Va.)
G Alicia Leipprandt (Ubly, Mich.)
G Megan Muñiz (Rio Rancho, N.M.)
G Danielle Sorrera (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.)
G Austyn Wilson (Dallas, Texas)
G Desiree Wilson (Morrow, Ga.)

Up Next
Air Force hosts Colorado State on Saturday, Jan. 9. Tipoff is 2 p.m.



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