Falcons Host Fresno State in Mid-Week Action

    Sophomore Madeleine Philpot

    Sophomore Madeleine Philpot

    Jan. 7, 2014

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    The Air Force women's basketball team remains at home for a mid-week contest versus Fresno State on Wednesday, Jan. 8. The game is slated to tip off at 7:00 p.m. in Clune Arena.

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    Live Video: Mountain West Network
    Radio: AM1300 The Animal
    Series History: Fresno State leads, 4-0
    Last Season: Fresno State won both of its contests against Air Force last season, earning a 60-47 victory in Fresno on Jan. 30, while capturing an 80-55 win at the Academy on March 2.

    The Falcons were unable to hold on to their second-half lead, dropping a 72-65 contest to UNLV on Saturday afternoon.

    Senior Camille Thompson led Air Force with a career-high-tying 23 points, while classmate Cherae Medina, who played all 40 minutes, added 12 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds. Also scoring in double figures for the Falcons was junior Lindsey Lewis with a career-high 12 points, while Madeleine Philpot added a career-best nine rebounds.

    Air Force enters this weekend's contest with a 1-11 overall record and 0-2 mark in the Mountain West, following its loss to UNLV on Saturday. The Falcons have three players averaging in double figures scoring, led by junior Jimi Blagowsky with 11.6 points per game. Senior Cherae Medina adds 11.6 points and a team-high 5.0 assists per game, while senior Camille Thompson is averaging 10.4 points per contest. Meanwhile, sophomore Madeleine Philpot is the Falcons' leading rebounder with 4.1 boards per game.

    Fresno State currently holds an 8-5 record on the season and a 2-0 ledger in the Mountain West. The Bulldogs are coming off a 72-63 home victory over Boise State.

    Four players are averaging in double figures scoring for the Bulldogs, led by Taylor Thompson with 12.5 points and a team-leading 4.4 assists per game. Alex Sheedy adds 11.7 points per contest, Bree Farley averages 11.1 points per game and Moriah Fault adds 10.2 points per contest. Meanwhile, Jacinta Vandenberg is Fresno State's leading rebounder with 6.8 rebounds per game.

    Through games of Jan. 5, Air Force ranks sixth in the Mountain West in three-point field goal percentage (.314). The Falcons also lead the league in three-point field goal percentage (.438) and three-point field goals made (10.5) in conference games only.

    Individually, senior Cherae Medina ranks second in the Mountain West in assists per game (5.0) and 10th in three-point field goals made per game (1.8), while junior Jimi Blagowsky ranks sixth in three-point field goals made per game (2.0).

    Through games of Jan. 5, Fresno State leads the Mountain West in three-point field goal percentage (.354) and is tied for first in three-point field goals made per game (8.3), while ranking second in scoring defense (63.4), three-point field goal percentage defense (.305) and steals (9.8). In conference games only, the Bulldogs lead the league in scoring margin (+12.5), field goal percentage (.486) and rebounding defense (31.5).

    Individually, Bree Farley leads the league in three-point field goal percentage (.463), while ranking fourth in field goal percentage (.486) and tied for fifth in steals (1.8). Taylor Thompson ranks second in free throw percentage (.849) and assist/turnover ratio (2.5), third in steals (2.2) and sixth in assists (4.4), while Jacinta Vandenberg ranks second in blocked shots (1.8), fourth in defensive rebounds (5.3) and is tied for eighth in rebounding (6.8). Robin Draper ranks sixth in the league in three-point field goal percentage (.396), while Moriah Faulk ranks eighth in three-point field goals made (1.8) and ninth in three-point field goal percentage (.387).

    Senior Cherae Medina played all 40 minutes of the Falcons' game against UNLV on Saturday, marking the first time in her career that she has played an entire game. Medina played just under 40 minutes in Air Force's game at Boise State last season.

    Senior Cherae Medina tallied her first double-double of the season (and second of her career) on Saturday versus UNLV, finishing with 12 points and 10 assists. She also added eight rebounds to finish shy of a triple-double.

    Senior Camille Thompson has put together a pair of impressive offensive performances in her first two conference games of the season, scoring 17 points against Utah State, while adding a career-high-tying 23 points versus UNLV. Thompson currently ranks third in the Mountain West in scoring in conference games only with 20.0 points per contest.

    Senior Cherae Medina has averaged 9.5 assists per game in her last two contests to lead the Mountain West in assists in conference games only. Medina now ranks tied for sixth place on the Falcons' Division I career assist list with 193 career assists.

    Junior Lindsey Lewis and sophomore Madeleine Philpot both had career-best performances in the Falcons' game against UNLV on Saturday. Lewis registered the first double-digit scoring output of her career, scoring a personal-best 12 points against the Lady Rebels. Meanwhile, Philpot, who is currently the Falcons' leading rebounder on the season, grabbed a career-best nine rebounds versus UNLV.

    While Air Force held UNLV to just 32.8 percent shooting from the field, the Lady Rebels were able to get their points at the charity stripe. UNLV connected on 28-of-38 free throws versus the Falcons on Saturday, marking season highs for free throws made and attempted by an Air Force opponent this season.

    Senior Cherae Medina and junior Jimi Blagowsky have both recently entered the Falcons' Division I career record books. Medina is currently tied for sixth in Air Force's Division I era in career assists with 193, while ranking eighth in career three-point field goal percentage (.311) and 10th in career three-point field goals made (60). Meanwhile, Blagowsky ranks sixth in career three-point field goal percentage (.333) in the Division I era.

    NEXT UP...
    The Falcons hit the road for their next game, as they visit San Diego State on Saturday, Jan. 11, for a 2:00 p.m. (PT) contest.



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