Air Force Returns Home to Face North Dakota
Junior Danielle Sorrera

Jan. 4, 2012

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The Air Force women's basketball team opens the new year with a non-conference home match-up versus North Dakota on Thursday, Jan. 5. The game is slated to begin at 7:00 p.m. in Clune Arena.

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Radio: The Sports Animal 1300 AM
Series History: Air Force leads, 1-0
Last Meeting: Air Force earned a 66-58 neutral-site victory over North Dakota on Nov. 28, 1985, in the first and only meeting between the two teams.
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• Giveaway - The first 100 fans will receive an Air Force stocking cap.

In its final non-conference road game of the season, Air Force dropped an 80-45 contest to Alabama on Dec. 30. Junior Alicia Leipprandt led the Falcons with 13 points, while senior captain Jamela Satterfield added eight points and a team-best nine rebounds.

Air Force enters this week's game with a 4-9 overall record, including a 1-3 mark at home.

Junior Alicia Leipprandt is the Falcons' leading scorer on the season, averaging 15.8 points per game, while classmate Dymond James, who is currently out with an injury, is also averaging in double figures scoring with 11.3 points per contest. James is also the team's leading rebounder with 7.1 boards per game.

North Dakota enters Thursday evening's game with a 7-8 overall record, including a 2-5 ledger on the road. UND picked up a 78-68 victory Tuesday evening at Idaho.

Madi Buck leads North Dakota with 11.5 points and 8.8 rebounds per game, while Nicole Smart adds 8.1 points per contest.

In the latest conference statistics, Air Force leads the Mountain West in steals (9.2) and defensive rebounds (26.6) per game and is ranked third in three-point field goal percentage defense (.286), rebounding offense (40.9) and offensive rebounds (14.3).

After playing nine of their first 13 games of the season on the road, the Falcons return home for their final two non-conference contests. Including this week's games, Air Force will play a total of five home games in the month of January, after having just four home contests in the first two months of action.

With her block against Texas Southern, sophomore Megan O'Neil moved into a tie for 10th place on the Academy's career blocked shots list (Division I era). O'Neil tied her career-high with three blocks versus Northern Colorado and Alabama and now is in seventh place on the list with 36 career blocks.

Senior captain Jamela Satterfield had one of her best games of the season versus Alabama, finishing with eight points and a team-best nine rebounds. Her eight points were a season high, while she matched a career-best mark with nine rebounds.

Despite posting its lowest scoring output of the season versus Alabama, Air Force knocked down a season-high five three-pointers against the Crimson Tide, all in the second half. Leading the way for the Falcons was freshman Jimi Blagowsky, who hit both of her three-point attempts in the game.

In addition, Air Force scored more three-point field goals (5) than two-point field goals (3) in the second period versus Alabama.

After losing starting point guard Cherae Medina early in the season due to a knee injury, the Falcons are now playing without starting forwards Dymond James and Katie Hilbig. Hilbig was injured in the Falcons' loss at Minnesota, while James was hurt in a practice prior to the San Jose State game.

Without James and Hilbig in the lineup, the Falcons are playing without two of their top three scorers and rebounders. However, both players are expected to return later this month, while Medina is anticipating a January return as well.

The Falcons have definitely felt the absence of starting forwards Katie Hilbig and Dymond James in their past three games, both offensively and defensively. In the first 10 games of the season, Air Force averaged 61.1 points per game, shot 37.2 percent from the field and grabbed 42.8 rebounds per contest.

Meanwhile, with Hilbig and James out of the lineup, the Falcons have averaged just 52.3 points per game and a 29.3 field goal percentage. In addition, Air Force has been outrebounded by its opponents by more than 15 rebounds per contest.

The Falcons close out their non-conference schedule on Saturday, Jan. 7, as they host Longwood in a 3:00 p.m. contest.



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