Jan. 17, 2014
The Air Force women's basketball team returns home this weekend, Jan. 18, as it hosts in-state rival Colorado State in a 1:00 p.m. contest.
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Series History: Colorado State leads, 39-11
Last Season: Colorado State swept both contests against Air Force last season, defeating the Falcons, 64-44, at the Academy on Jan. 16, while earning a 67-60 win in Fort Collins on Feb. 16.
LAST TIME OUT...
The Falcons came up short in a back-and-forth battle against San José State on Wednesday evening, dropping a 79-70 road decision to the Spartans. Senior Camille Thompson led four Falcons in double figures scoring, finishing with 22 points, while sophomore Missy Byrd registered her first double-double of the season, tallying 12 points and 10 rebounds. In addition, junior Jimi Blagowsky added 11 points, while senior Cherae Medina finished with 10 points and eight assists.
SCOUTING THE FALCONS...
Air Force enters this weekend's game with a 1-14 overall record and 0-5 mark in the Mountain West, following its loss to San José State on Wednesday.
The Falcons have three players averaging in double figures scoring, led by senior Camille Thompson with 10.8 points per game. Junior Jimi Blagowsky adds 10.3 points per contest, while senior Cherae Medina is averaging 10.2 points and a team-leading 5.2 assists per game. Meanwhile, sophomore Madeleine Philpot is Air Force's leading rebounder with 4.5 boards per contest.
SCOUTING THE RAMS...
Colorado State currently holds a 12-4 overall record on the season and a 4-1 ledger in the Mountain West. The Rams, tied for first in the league standings, are coming off an 88-78 home victory over Utah State.
Four different players are averaging at least nine points per game, led by Caitlin Duffy (12.1 ppg) and Sam Martin (11.8 ppg). Elin Gustavsson, AJ Newton and Gritt Ryder average 10.5, 10.0 and 9.1 points per contest, respectively, while Ellen Nystrom adds 8.9 points and a team-leading 6.1 rebounds per game.
AIR FORCE IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST RANKINGS...
Through games of Jan. 15, Air Force ranks seventh in the Mountain West in steals per game (6.9) and three-point field goals made per game (5.4). The Falcons also rank third in the league in three-point field goals made per contest (7.2) in conference games only.
Individually, senior Cherae Medina ranks second in the Mountain West in assists per game (5.2) and ninth in three-point field goals made per game (1.7) and assist/turnover ratio (1.4), while junior Jimi Blagowsky ranks tied for seventh in three-point field goals made per game (1.7).
COLORADO STATE IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST RANKINGS...
Through games of Jan. 15, Colorado State ranks second in the Mountain West in free throw percentage (.749), assists per game (16.3), assist/turnover ratio (1.3) and defensive rebounding percentage (.705). Meanwhile, in conference games only, the Rams lead the league in three-point field goal percentage defense (.255), assists (19.0) and assist/turnover ratio (1.3).
Individually, Caitlin Duffy leads the Mountain West in free throw percentage (.862) and ranks fourth in three-point field goal percentage (.402) and tied for fifth in three-point field goals made per game (2.1). Gritt Ryder is ranked third in both assists (5.0) and assist/turnover ratio, Sam Martin ranks third in field goal percentage (.494) and AJ Newton is tied for fifth in three-point field goals made per game (2.1).
CAMILLE DROPS IN 20...AGAIN...
Senior Camille Thompson tallied a team-high 22 points in Air Force's game against San José State, marking her third 20-point scoring output of the season and her career. Thompson posted career highs of 23 points against both North Dakota State and UNLV.
Entering her senior year with a 3.2 ppg career scoring average, Thompson currently leads the Falcons in scoring with 10.8 points per contest. She is also averaging 15.4 points per game in Mountain West play, ranking tied for fifth in the league.
MISSY WITH THE DOUBLE-DOUBLE...
Sophomore Missy Byrd tallied her first double-double of the season (and second of her career), finishing with 12 points and 10 rebounds against San José State on Wednesday. Byrd became the first Falcon this season to record 10 rebounds in a game.
FREE THROW DISPARITY...
While the Air Force and San José State were matched evenly in nearly every statistical category on Wednesday, the Spartans had a significant advantage at the charity stripe, converting 21-of-35 attempts. In contrast, the Falcons had just 17 free throw attempts in the game, making 12.
The difference at the free throw line was particularly distinctive in the second half, with San José State shooting 26 free throws (making 15), while Air Force attempted just three foul shots (hitting two). So far this season, the Falcons have not attempted more than 21 free throws in a single game.
CHERAE REACHES 200...
Against San Diego State on Jan. 11, senior Cherae Medina became just the fifth Division I player in Air Force history to reach 200 assists for her career. Now with 211 career assists, Medina has averaged 7.4 assists per game over the last five contests to lead the Mountain West in assists in conference games only.
FALCONS IN THE RECORD BOOKS...
Senior Cherae Medina and junior Jimi Blagowsky have both recently entered the Falcons' Division I career record books. Medina currently ranks third in Air Force's Division I era in career assists with 211, while ranking ninth in career three-point field goal percentage (.309) and 10th in career three-point field goals made (64) and attempted (207). Meanwhile, Blagowsky ranks seventh in career three-point field goal percentage (.318) in the Division I era.
The Falcons are back on the road next Wednesday, Jan. 22, when they visit Wyoming in a 7:00 p.m. contest.