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Game 17: Air Force at Colorado St.
Thursday w Jan. 25 w 7:00 p.m. MST
SITE: Moby Arena, Fort Collins, Colo.
RADIO: KUBL, 1300 AM, Jay Ritchie, Broadcaster Colorado Springs (TBA)
NOTES: The Falcons will be looking for their first conference win
season. They have not defeated the Rams in their last 10 tries.
Air Force is coached by Sue Darling (Arizona, 1983). This is
year as head coach of the Falcons. She compiled a 9-45 record in
CSU is coached by Tom Collen (Bowling Green, 1977). Collen is in
season with the Rams. In his first three years, he compiled an
RECORDS: The Falcons are 3-13, 0-3 MWC, while CSU is 12-4, 1-2
SERIES: This game will mark the 21st time these teams have met,
Rams holding a 16-5 edge. Last season, the Rams were 2-0 against
Falcons, with an average margin of victory of 20 points.
Game 18: Air Force at Wyoming
Saturday w Jan. 27 w 2 p.m. MST
SITE: Arena Auditorium (15,028), Laramie, Wyo.
RADIO: KUBL, 1300 AM, Jay Ritchie, Broadcaster Colorado Springs (1:45 p.m.)
NOTES: This is a crucial game for both teams, as the winner gets
to stay out
of the conference cellar. Both teams are 0-3 and looking for that
conference victory. Wyoming is without two of its starters, who
for the season with injuries.
RECORDS: Wyoming is 8-8 overall and 0-3 in conference.
COACHES: Air Force is coached by Sue Darling (Arizona, 1983). This
Darling's third year as head coach of the Falcons. She has
compiled a 9-45
Wyoming is coached by Cindy Fisher (Arizona State, 1988). This is
season with the Cowboys. In her first two seasons, she compiled a
SERIES: Wyoming has owned the Falcons. In 17 games, the Cowboys
16-1 series record. The Falcons' only victory came in 1985, when
won 89-78. Last season, Wyoming defeated the Falcons twice by an
margin of 21 points.
Scouting the Rams
The Rams are are a tough team but have lost three of their last
They are 12-4, but just 1-2 in the conference.
The Rams are led by Ashley Augspurger, who is averaging 12.2
game. Two other players are in double figures in scoring: Heather
(11.5 ppg) and Elizabeth English (10.4). Angie Gorton is just off
with 9.9 ppg, and leads the team in steals with 28. Shannon
the team in rebounding with 6.7 per game.
The team has a high-powered offense, averaging a conference-best
per game. They also lead the Mountain West in free throw
Probable Starting Line-Ups
Air Force's Probable Starters
# Name Pos Ht Yr
11 Morgan Bennett G 5-9 So.
22 Ali Tomlinson G 5-6 Jr.
25 Rozalyn Russ F 5-8 Jr.
32 Wendy Stillman C 6-1 So.
34 Samantha Clifton F 5-11 Jr.
CSU's Probable Starters
# Name Pos Ht Yr
00 Ashley Augspurger F 6-1 SO
02 Elizabeth English G 5-6 SO
14 Angie Gorton F 6-0 JR
44 Heather Haanen F 5-11 SR
50 Shannon Strecker F 6-2 SO
Scouting the Cowboys
The Cowboys are 8-8 but are 0-3 in Mountain West games. The team
played a tough game against the nationally-ranked Utes, but
The Cowboys are a well-rounded team, with three active players in
figures in scoring. Ann McColl (11.9 ppg), Shelby Hoffman (11.3
Jessica Gibbs (11.1 ppg), combine for 50 percent of the team's
Gibbs leads the team in rebounding (7.4 rpg) and steals (42).
Hoffman is the
team's deep threat, knocking in 35 threes in 118 attempts.
The team's leading scorer Carly Stucky (12.7 ppg) suffered a
knee injury in the team's sixth game.
Wyoming's Probable Starters
# Name Pos Ht Yr
13 Brenda Pickup G 5-7 Fr.
33 Shelby Hoffman G/F 5-9 Sr.
42 Christy Bacon G/F 6-0 Jr.
51 Ann McColl C 6-2 So.
54 Jessica Gibbs F 6-1 Sr.
Following this weekend's game, the Falcons will continue their
schedule with home games against BYU and Utah.
Key to Success
One key to the Falcons' success in remaining conference action
will be their
scoring output. Against New Mexico, the team had fewer turnovers
able to stay close throughout the first half, but scoring droughts
team the chance for victory. The team shot just 27 percent from
The Falcons are averaging 54.1 points per game, 14 .7 points fewer
The team lost seniors Megan Thiedeman and Mollie Peters, who
65 percent of Air Force's scoring last season. Rozalyn Russ and
Bennett are both averaging in double figures. They will need more
threats to win games.
Rewriting the Record Books
The Falcons' 86 points against Cal Poly was a new Air Force
record for most points in a game. Five players were in double
The record is particular remarkable considering the Falcons were
a half where they totaled just six points. In its previous game
Navy, Air Force finished the game with 38 points. They had 39 at
against Cal Poly.
The Falcons snapped its eight-game losing streak with a victory
Poly. Their current conference losing streak is at 15 games. The
2-60 in conference action since moving to Division I (1-43 WAC,
Against UNLV, it looked as though the Falcons would set a team
three-point field goal attempts. The record, 33 against Colorado
(2000), looked to be in jeopardy when the Falcons opened the game
consecutive three-point attempts. The first two-point attempt came
left in the half. They team didn't get the record however, as they
one more three in the half, and had 13 in the second half for a
total of 31.
It wasn't even a season high, as the team notched 32 attempts
The team is currently averaging over 20 three-point attempts per
fewer than last season's average.
Roz From Downtown
Rozalyn Russ was 6-7 from the three-point line against Lafayette.
was the six treys a career high for Russ, her 85.7 percentage from
ranks fourth best in the country in a single game (minimum six
scored 23 points in the loss, her career best.
The Falcons set another Division I record regarding fouls -- their
record this season. Against Army, the Falcons were whistled for 33
the team high since moving to Division I. The overall team record
is 36 vs.
Northern Colorado in 1982.
Against Fullerton, the two teams had 60 combined fouls -- a new
Division I record. Over half the Falcons' points in the Fullerton
came on free throws, as the team was 36 of 54 from the charity
Fullerton committed 34 personal fouls in the game, while the
whistled 26 times.
Rozalyn Russ also set records at the line against Fullerton. Her
throws made and 21 free throws attempted are new all-time records
Bang Those Boards
Of all the statistical categories, the one that may best indicate
Falcons are struggling is rebounding. Heading into the SDSU game,
Falcons were getting outrebounded by 13.5 rebounds per game. In
16 games, the Falcons have out-rebounded their opponent just twice
their 18-point victory over Cal Poly and the one-point loss to San
Numerous Falcons are listed in the Mountain West statistical
Russ is ranked 18th in the MWC in scoring (10.2 ppg) and Morgan
ranked 15th (10.4 ppg). Russ is sixth in rebounding (6.6 rpg).
leads the conference in three-point field goal percentage (.487).
Tomlinson ranks fourth in steals per game (2.31). Bennett is
three-pointers made (1.88) and is 12th in steals (1.62). Air Force
season record for most free throws made (36) and free throws
The Falcons' one-point game against San Diego State marks the
Force game since Jan. 4, 1999, when the team notched a three-point
over San Jose State. The last one-point game was Dec. 9, 1997,
fell to Denver 52-53. Air Force has had one overtime game under
a 69-73 loss to Texas Christian in Darling's first season.
Broken Finger and All
Playing with a broken thumb, Morgan Bennett had seven steals
Not only was it a career high for Bennett, who broke the finger
Penn, but it also ties an Air Force Division I record for most
steals in a
Nothing But Neff
Freshman Shawna Neff has come off the bench to give the Falcons
minutes. Neff scored her first career points, knocking down a
and a 10-foot jump shot. Against Southern Utah, Neff scored a
points, marking the first time she hit double figures in scoring.
Navy, Neff was the team's high scorer. She is averaging 6.4 points
fourth best on the team.
Holding onto the Rock
Through eight games, the Falcons are averaging 19.5 turnovers per
Last season the team averaged 20.1 turnovers per game. Their best
controlling the ball was against Penn, when the team had just
When Samantha Clifton was held out of the starting lineup due to
Amoy Jackson was called upon to make her first career start
She played well, scoring eight points and grabbing three rebounds
minutes. Against UNLV, Jackson led all Falcons with a career-high
Jackson has looked impressive at times and is one of the most
players to come to the Academy. In practice, she demonstrates her
ability by touching the rim. Once she overcomes the freshman
will be a dominating force.
First Career Points
Junior Brooke Bauer scored her first career points against
knocking down two free throws. Janea Childress scored her first
against North Texas, going 4-5 from the field, including two
Childress was the Falcons' high scorer in the game.
For the second year in a row, the Falcons have a two-sport athlete
roster. Freshman Erica Palmer joins the squad after spending the
playing on the Academy's soccer team. Last season, Morgan Bennett
played soccer, but chose to focus on basketball this year.
For the first time in 18 years, sisters will take the court on
women's team. Sisters Sarah and Dorothy Albright will join each
other on the
court for the Falcons' varsity squad. Sarah, a junior, played on
squad last season. Dorothy, a freshman, was expected to play
this season but was impressive in tryouts. The last sisters to
play for the
Falcons were Stacy and Martha Brodzik in 1982.
Samantha Clifton saw her first action of the season against Army.
who had been sidelined with an ankle injury for the teams first
played 10 minutes in the loss. Clifton is second on the team in
with 4.2 per game.
Falcons' starting forward and team captain Rozalyn Russ has
the eXtreme Football League. Her brother Steve Russ was selected
by the Los
Angeles Xtreme in the inaugural XFL draft. Steve played in the NFL
number of years before Los Angeles made him their second pick