Jan. 8, 2010
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Colorado State vs. Air Force
Saturday, Jan. 9
Tipoff: 2 p.m.
Location: USAF Academy, Colo.
Arena: Clune Arena
Series: CSU leads, 31-10
Last Meeting: CSU won, 65-54, on Feb. 21, 2009.
Internet Radio/Live Stats: goAirForceFalcons.com
Radio: 1300 AM (Colorado springs)
Radio Talent: Jay Ritchie
Falcons Wrap Up Four Game Home Stand Hosting Colorado State
The Air Force women's basketball team plays host to in-state rival Colorado State this Saturday, Jan. 9. Live internet radio and stats will be available for the game, which tips off at 2 p.m. in Clune Arena.
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.
Air Force dropped a 72-35 contest against #25 TCU on Jan. 6. Freshman guard Alicia Leipprandt led the Falcons with nine points off the bench. The Falcons changed its starting lineup for the first time this season, as freshman forward Dymond James earned her first-career start and sophomore guard Jamela Satterfield made her first start of the season.
Scouting Air Force
Air Force is 3-11 on the season. Junior guard Raimee Beck leads the team offensively, scoring 15.1 points per game to go with 7.2 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Anna Gault ranks third in the confernce, averaging 4.7 assists per game. Air Force is averaging 55.6 points per game and allowing 66.6.
Scouting Colorado State
Colorado State is 8-6 on the season after dropping a close 64-61 game to Wyoming on Tuesday. Sophomore guard/forward Kim Mestdagh leads the team offensively, scoring 16.5 points per game to go with a conference-leading 45 three-point baskets. The Rams are averaging 62.1 points per game and allowing 60.8.
- Air Force and Colorado State have met 41 times with the Rams owning a 31-10 advantage in the series.
- The two teams first met on Nov. 13, 1979, a 94-83 overtime Air Force win in Ft. Collins.
- From 1992 to 2006 CSU had won 20 in a row in the series.
The Air Force women's basketball team dropped a 67-57 Mountain West Conference game to Colorado State Feb. 21, 2009, at Moby Arena.
Britney Minor led Colorado State with 18 points off the bench. Juanise Cornell chipped in with 10 points and three rebounds. Meghan Heimstra also came off the bench to score nine points and grab seven rebounds.
Air Force was led by senior Kim Kreke, who scored 17 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked three shots. Raimee Beck added 14 points and seven rebounds and Brooke Cultra scored 11 points to go with seven rebounds. Stevie Puentes came off the bench to lead the team with four assists.
In a close game throughout, Colorado State took control of the game midway through the first-half and never trailed the rest of the game. The Rams won the game with tough defense, three-point shooting and the ability to get to the free throw line. CSU hit eight three's and made 17-of-20 from the line.
TCU Game Recap
The Air Force women's basketball team opened Mountain West Conference play with a 72-35 loss to #25 TCU Wednesday night at Clune Arena.
Emily Carter led TCU with 18 points and four three-point baskets. Delisa Gross added 10 points. Helena Sverrisdottir scored five points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out six assists.
Air Force was led by freshman guard Alicia Leipprandt, who came off the bench to score nine points and grab four rebounds. Freshman forward Dymond James, making her first-career start, followed with eight points and six rebounds. Junior guard Raimee Beck, who was fitted with a facemask due to an injury suffered against Western State Saturday, added seven points and six rebounds.
Air Force started the game off with a three-point basket by freshman Kelsey Berger. TCU then went on a 19-0 run over the next nine minutes to pull away for good. The Falcons were held to a season-low for points and shot a season-low 21.7 percent from the field.
TCU led 34-19 at the half and would out-score the Falcons 38-16 in the second. The Horned Frogs shot 52.7 percent from the field.
Sophomore guard Anna Gault had team-high's of five assists and three steals for the Falcons
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 and rebounding nine times. She amongst the MWC top 10 in several categories.
Free throw Pct./4th/.842
Minutes per game/1st/36.6 mpg
3 PT FG per game/3rd/2.2
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 ninth 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.
Falcons Shakeup Lineup
After starting the same lineup for the first 13 games of the year, the Falcons went with a new lineup vs. TCU on Wednesday. Freshman forward Dymond James and sophomore guard Jamela Satterfield started in place of senior forward Kathleen Schjodt and junior center Liz Dunsworth. Junior guard Raimee Beck, sophomore point guard Anna Gault and freshman forward Kelsey Berger have started every game for the Falcons.
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.)
Air Force hits the road to take on BYU on Wednesday, Jan. 13. Tipoff is 7 p.m.