Falcons Suffer 64-43 Road Loss To BYU
Provo, Utah - Losing the battle of the boards for the first time all season, the Air Force women's basketball dropped its conference opener Thursday evening, falling to BYU, 64-43, in the Marriott Center. With the loss, the Falcons fall to 9-3 on the season, 0-1 in the Mountain West Conference, while the Cougars improve to 11-1 overall, 1-0 in the MWC.
BYU took the early lead in the contest, going on a quick 8-0 run to bring the score to 10-2 after just five minutes of play. The Cougars' advantage was stretched out to as many as nine points (20-11) in the opening stanza before Air Force's Pamela Findlay (So., Glenview, Ill.) knocked down the only three-pointer of the first half. Her trey helped ignite a 13-1 Falcon run that gave Air Force its first lead of the contest, but after going scoreless for the final 2:52 of the half, the Falcons headed into the locker room, trailing BYU 27-24.
Things would only get worse after the break for the Falcons, who were outscored 13-3 to open the second stanza. Air Force hit just 8-of-24 attempts from the field in the second half, while knocking down just two-of-four free throws in the period. In contrast, BYU shot over 40 percent from the field (13-of-32) in the second half, while also connecting on nine-of-11 free throws in the period.
While being outrebounded for the first time all season and committing 23 turnovers to just 16 by the Cougars, the Falcons were also hampered by their inability to get to the charity stripe with any consistency, getting just seven free throw attempts on the evening. BYU, on the other hand, was able to get to the line, taking 16 foul shots on just 15 Air Force fouls.
Sophomore Alecia Steele (Oklahoma City, Okla.) was the lone scorer in double figures for the Falcons, finishing the game with 11 points, while Ellen Jaeschke (So., Cary, Ill.) notched nine points and nine rebounds. For the Cougars, senior Ambrosia Anderson tallied 21 points.
The Falcons, who continue their two-game road trip this week, return to action on Saturday, Jan. 7, when they travel to San Diego, Calif., to face San Diego State in a 2:00 p.m. (PT) contest.