Air Force Hosts Colorado State in Mid-Week Action

Jan. 14, 2013

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The Air Force women's basketball team remains home this week, Jan. 16, as its hosts in-state rival Colorado State at 7:00 p.m.

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Series History: Colorado State leads, 37-11
Last Season: Colorado State won both match-ups against Air Force last season, capturing a 73-39 victory in Fort Collins and a 77-39 victory at the Academy.
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With three players registering double-doubles for the Falcons, Air Force captured its first conference win of the season on Saturday, defeating UNLV, 81-69. Senior Katie Hilbig registered 14 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, senior Dymond James added 14 points and a career-high-tying 15 rebounds and junior Cherae Medina notched 13 points and a career-best 10 assists. Meanwhile, senior Alicia Leipprandt was the fourth Falcon scoring in double figures, tallying 13 points.

Air Force enters this week's contest with a 2-13 overall record and 1-1 mark in the Mountain West, following its victory over UNLV on Saturday.

Senior Alicia Leipprandt is the Falcons' leading scorer with 12.4 points per contest, while classmate Dymond James is the team's next best scorer with 9.5 ppg. Senior Katie Hilbig is Air Force's leading rebounder with 7.5 boards per game, followed by James with 7.1 rebounds per contest. Meanwhile, junior Cherae Medina leads the Falcons with 3.3 assists per game.

Colorado State enters Wednesday's contest with a 4-10 overall record and 0-1 ledger in the Mountain West. The Rams are coming off a 48-44 home loss to San Diego State on Sunday.

Sam Martin leads Colorado State with 11.6 points and 6.4 rebounds per contest, while Caitlin Duffy adds 10.8 points per contest. Meanwhile, LaDeyah Forte averages a team-best 3.6 assists per contest.

For the first time in the Falcons' Division I history, three different Air Force players tallied double-doubles in a single game, with seniors Katie Hilbig and Dymond James and junior Cherae Medina reaching the mark against UNLV on Saturday.

With her 14 points and a career-high-tying 15 rebounds against UNLV on Wednesday, senior Dymond James notched her third double-double of the season and 13th of her career. She ranks second amongst current Mountain West players in career double-doubles, while her 15 career double-figure rebounding games also rank second in the Mountain West.

James' first double-double of the season came against Longwood on Nov. 12, when she notched 14 points and 11 rebounds, while she recorded 13 points and 14 rebounds against Army on Nov. 23.

Senior Katie Hilbig registered her first double-double of the year with 14 points and 16 rebounds against UNLV. It also marked the fourth double-double of her career.

Hilbig's 14 points against the Lady Rebels were a season high, while her 16 rebounds were a career high. The 16 rebounds were also the most in a single game for an Air Force player since the 2008-09 season, when Kim Kreke twice recorded 19 rebounds.

Junior Cherae Medina recorded her first career double-double against UNLV on Wednesday, finishing with 13 points and a personal-best 10 assists. Medina became the first Falcon to record double-digit assists since Anna Gault in 2010.

While the Falcons did not win their first conference game of the season until the regular-season finale last year, this season Air Force took care of the job quickly, getting its first Mountain West win in the second conference game of the year, and its first at home.

The Falcons have now won two of their last three regular-season conference contests and two straight home Mountain West games (dating back to 2011-12). The two-game home conference win streak matches Air Force's longest since joining the Mountain West.

Air Force has been dominant on the boards in conference play, averaging a league-leading 56.0 rebounds per contest in their two Mountain West games. The Falcons grabbed a season-high 60 rebounds in their win over UNLV on Saturday.

Individually, seniors Katie Hilbig and Dymond James are leading the Mountain West in rebounding (conference games), ranking first and second with 13.0 and 12.0 rebounds per contest, respectively. Hilbig also leads the league in offensive rebounds in conference play (7.0pg), while James ranks first in defensive rebounds per game (8.5) after the first week of Mountain West action.

Junior Cherae Medina scored nine of her 13 points against UNLV at the foul line, setting new career highs for free throws made (9) and attempted (10) in a single game. Entering Saturday's contest, Medina had attempted just six free throws all season, converting three.

The Falcons are back on the road this weekend, Saturday, Jan. 19, as they visit Boise State in a 2:00 p.m. contest.



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