Jan. 9, 2009
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New Mexico vs. Air Force
Saturday, Jan. 10
Tipoff: 2 p.m. (Mtn.)
Location: USAF Academy, Colo.
Arena: Clune Arena (5,848)
Series: UNM leads, 23-1
Live Stats: www.goairforcefalcons.com
Radio: 1300 AM in Colorado Springs
Internet Radio: www.goairforcefalcons.com
Radio Talent: Jay Ritchie
Falcons Host New Mexico Saturday
The Air Force women's basketball team plays host to New Mexico this Saturday, Jan. 10 at Clune Arena. Tip off is slated for 2 p.m. Live radio and statistics will be available online.
Scouting Air Force
Air Force is 4-10 on the season after falling at San Diego State, 79-28, on Wednesday. Sophomore guard Raimee Beck leads the team offensively, scoring 13.8 points per game to go with 6.4 rebounds per game. Senior Kim Kreke is the top rebounder in the conference, averaging 10.4 boards per game.
Air Force In 2007-08
Air Force went 10-19 in 2007-09. The Falcons were 4-12 in Mountain West Conference play, finishing in seventh place. The four conference wins and seventh place finish were all-time bests in MWC play for Air Force. Senior forward Alecia Steele led Air Force in scoring and rebounding, averaging 12 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Steele was also named team MVP. Steele and senior guard Pamela Findlay earned all-MWC honors.
Scouting New Mexico
New Mexico is 12-2 on the season after defeating UNLV, 75-49, on Wednesday. The Lobos are led offensively by junior guard Amy Beggin, who is averaging 15.9 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.
- Air Force and New Mexico have met 24 times with the Lobos owning a 23-1 advantage in the series.
- The two teams first met on Jan. 2, 1992, a 61-41 Air Force win at the Academy.
- New Mexico has won 23 in a row since.
AF vs. New Mexico History
1-2-92 USAFA, CO W 61-41
12-5-92 Albuquerque, NM L 61-76
12-1-95 Albuquerque, NM L 60-63
1-15-98 USAFA, CO^ L 42-77
2-12-98 Albuquerque, NM^ L 45-91
1-15-00 USAFA, CO* L 53-72
2-12-00 Albuquerque, NM* L 42-84
1-13-01 USAFA, CO* L 44-68
2-10-01 Albuquerque, NM* L 52-65
1-12-02 USAFA, CO* L 43-64
2-7-02 Albuquerque, NM* L 48-78
1-18-03 Albuquerque, NM* L 57-93
2-15-03 USAFA, CO* L 40-71
1-17-04 USAFA, CO* L 43-65
2-14-04 Albuquerque, NM* L 31-79
1-15-05 Albuquerque, NM* L 58-72
2-10-05 USAFA, CO* L 68-77
1-21-06 USAFA, CO* L 54-59
2-22-06 Albuquerque, NM* L 53-79
1-18-07 Albuquerque, NM* L 46-60
2-17-07 USAFA, CO* L 47-57
1-16-08 USAFA, CO* L 45-75
2-20-08 Albuquerque, NM* L 40-79
The Air Force women's basketball team lost 79-40, at New Mexico, Wednesday night in Mountain West Conference action at the PIT.
Air Force got off to another sluggish start, shooting just 22.7 percent from the field in the opening half, as New Mexico jumped out to a 35-15 halftime lead. The Falcons' first three baskets came on three's as they could not score inside.
Freshman Raimee Beck led the Falcons with eight points and five rebounds. Air Force had six blocked shots in the game, with Brooke Cultra recording three swats and Kim Kreke two. Senior Alecia Steele was second on the team with six points and four rebounds.
Dionne Marsh had game high's of 17 points and eight rebounds to lead the Lobos. UNM shot 48.3 percent from the field and had 43 points from the bench.
Sophomore Kathleen Schjodt made her season-debut for the Falcons, grabbing a rebound. In addition, freshmen Jennifer Bandi and Candice Chase played their first conference games.
Air Force-New Mexico Connections
- New Mexico senior guard Amanda Adamson hails from Littleton, Colo. A transfer from Syracuse, Adamson was a four-year letterwinner at Heritage High School in Denver.
- Air Force sophomore guard Stevie Puentes hails from Rio Rancho, N.M. Puentes is a 2006 graduate of Rio Rancho HS where she was a four-year letterwinner and all-state selection as a senior.
Top Free Throw Shooting Team In The Nation
Air Force is the top free throw shooting team in the nation, making 82.7 percent of its attempts from the line.
The Falcons boast seven players making 82 percent or better from the line. The Falcons have been perfect at the line in four games this year.
Air Force is currently ahead of the 2001-02 team's school record 76.5 percent free throw percentage. Air Force shot 71.4 percent from the line last year.
Four of the top 10 free throw shooting teams in the nation hail from the Mountain West Conference.
NCAA Team Free Throw Percentage
1. Air Force 82.7
2. Drexel 82.4
3. Murray State 82.2
4. Utah 81.4
5. Iowa 78.8
5. Marist 78.8
MWC Team Free Throw Percentage
1. Air Force 82.7
2. Utah 81.4
3. TCU 77.2
4. New Mexico 76.4
Defense on Record Pace
Air Force is allowing 62.8 points per game. That total is 1.3 points per game fewer than the all-time Div. I era school record of 64.1 ppg by the 2004-05 team. The Falcons have held six of their 14 opponents to 57 or fewer points.
Kreke MWC's Top Rebounder
Kim Kreke leads the Mountain West Conference with 10.4 rebounds per game. The next closest player is UNLV's Shamela Hampton with 9.4 rebounds per game. Kreke averaged 4.6 rebounds per game as a junior. She has 10+ rebounds in eight games this year.
MWC Individual Rebounding
1. Kim Kreke, Air Force 10.4
2. Shamela Hampton, UNLV 9.4
3. Paris Johnson, SDSU 8.4
3. Halie Sawyer, Utah 8.4
Beck A Scoring Machine
Air Force guard Raimee Beck has become one of the Mountain West Conference's top scorers. The sophomore leads the team and is ninth in the MWC, averaging 13.8 points per game. Beck was named MWC Player of the Week on Dec. 8 after averaging 25.3 points and 7.3 rebounds during that week.
Here are some of Beck's highlights so far this year:
- Scored a career-high 30 points against North Carolina Central, becoming the first Falcon to reach 30 points in a game since 2002.
- Was 8-for-8 from three-point range vs. NCCU, tying a school record for three's in a game and shattering the previous school mark of 4-for-4 for perfect three's in a game. The 8-for-8 on three' was also a new MWC record and one shy of tying the NCAA record.
- At one point, made 12-consecutive three-point baskets over the three games, two off the NCAA record of 14.
- Scored 21 points vs. Barry and 25 vs. Miami (Ohio).
- Named to Air Force Classic All-Tournament Team.
Beck Averages Over 20 When Reaching Double-Figures
Although Raimee Beck leads the team with a 13.8 scoring average, that total increases significantly when the sophomore guard reaches double figures in a game. In her seven games reaching double-figures in scoring, Beck has averaged 22.3 points in those games. Air Force is 4-3 when Beck reaches double-figures in scoring.
Kreke Sets Academy Div. I Rebounding Mark; Twice
Kim Kreke had pulled down 19 rebounds in a game twice this season, setting a Air Force Div. I record in the process. Kreke first recorded 19 rebounds against Milwaukee. That total eclipsed the previous mark of 16 set by Mollie Peters vs. Texas-Pan American on Nov. 23, 1997. Kreke grabbed 19 rebounds again vs. UMKC on Dec 22. The 19 rebounds ties for the fourth-most in Air Force history, the seventh-highest mark in Mountain West Conference history and the second-highest total by a senior in MWC history.
Most Rebounds In A Game By Air Force
31 Mary Jo Wier vs. New Mexico Highlands, 2/11/77
26 Mary Manning vs. Northern Colorado, 3/11/82
24 Mary Jo Wier vs. Colorado Mines, 2/1/77
19 Kim Kreke vs. UMKC, 12/22/08
19 Kim Kreke vs. Milwaukee, 11/22/08
19 Mary Manning vs. Northern Colorado, 1/29/85
17 Theresa Blad vs. Abilene Christian, 3/8/85
17 Melissa Standley vs. Mesa State, 11/17/89
16 Mollie Peters vs. Texas Pan-American, 11/23/97
Falcon Trio Amongst MWC Leaders
Air Force seniors Brooke Cultra and Kim Kreke and sophomore Raimee Beck are amongst the MWC leaders in several categories.
Three-Point Baskets Per Game
Free Throw Pct.
Sophomore Class Emerging
Several Air Force sophomores have shown improvement since their freshmen campaigns. Guard Stevie Puentes and center Liz Dunsworth have already surpassed their point and minutes played totals as freshmen and guard Raimee Beck has improved her scoring and rebounding averages.
Beck 2007-08 2008-09
PPG 9.0 13.8
RPG 3.7 6.4
3 PT% .343 .409
GP-GS 16-0 14-9
MPG 3.7 19.6
PPG 0.6 2.6
RPG 0.6 3.9
GP-GS 6-0 14-1
MPG 4.2 18.6
PPG 1.7 3.9
APG 0.2 1.8
Schjodt A Pleasant Surprise
Kathleen Schjodt, the lone junior on the team, has also provided solid minutes this year. After seeing limited minutes as a freshman and even less time as a sophomore due to injury, the junior has started four games and has been Air Force's top reserve. Schjodt is averaging 6.3 points and 3.4 rebounds per game, both top numbers for the Falcon reserves.
GP-GS 3-0 14-4
MPG 5.0 23.7
PPG 2.3 6.3
RPG 1.0 3.4
Gault Turning Into Top Distributor
Point guard Anna Gault is quickly picking up the pace of Div. I basketball. Gault had a career-high 10 assists against North Carolina Central and has 5+ assists in four games. It was the first 10 assist game by a Falcons since 2002. Gault is currently averaging 3.4 assists per game, ranking eighth in the MWC.
Kreke Becomes Div. I Era Shot Block Leader
Senior Kim Kreke currently has 71 blocks for her career. That total is the most Air Force in the Div. I era, surpassing Ellen Jaeschke. Kreke currently ranks 4th all-time in shot blocks.
Most Blocks Career
1. 122, Mary Manning 1981-85
2. 88, Chris Clausnitzer 1988-92
3. 79, Leigh Wilbanks 1988-91
4. 71, Kim Kreke* 2005-pr.
5. 70, Carrie Carrow 1993, 95-96
6. 64, Stacy Goss 1983-86
7. 56, Ellen Jaeschke* 2004-05
8. 52, Brooke Cultra* 2005-pr.
8. 52, Pamela Findlay* 2004-08
10. 41, Mollie Peters* 1996-00
*Div. I era
Injury Sidelines Loveless For Remainder Of Season
Senior power forward Dana Loveless will miss the remainder of the 2008-09 season after suffering a sprained ankle and torn left ACL in the season-opener against Northern Colorado. Both injuries happened on the same play just eight minutes into the game.
Falcons Picked To Finish Ninth In MWC
In the preseason conference poll released in October, Air Force was chosen by the coaches and select media to finish ninth in the Mountain West.
1. Utah (16) 206
2. San Diego State (6) 184
3. TCU (2) 161
4. New Mexico (2) 148
5. BYU 117
6. Wyoming 113
7. UNLV 80
8. Colorado State 44
9. Air Force 36
(First Place Votes)
Seven Regular Season Games on TV
A record seven Air Force women's basketball regular season games will be televised. The Falcons will have four games on the Mountain West Sports Network (Mtn.) and games on CBS College Sports (CBS C), Fox Rocky Mountain (Fox RM) and BYU TV. Air Force could also have games televised at the MWC Championships.
Air Force WBB TV Schedule
Nov. 29 Army Mtn.
Dec. 10 at Denver Fox RM
Jan. 3 Navy Mtn.
Jan. 7 at San Diego St. CBS C
Jan. 20 Colorado St. Mtn.
Feb. 4 at BYU BYU TV
Feb. 21 at Colorado St. Mtn.
M 10-14 MWC Tourney Mtn./CBS C/VERSUS
Seniors Brooke Cultra and Kim Kreke have been named team co-captains for the 2008-09 season. Cultra is a three-year letterwinner and returning starter at shooting guard. Kreke is also a three-year letterwinner and returning starter at center.
Air Force travels to Salt Lake City to take on Utah on Wednesday, Jan. 14.