Jan. 28, 2004
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The Air Force women's basketball team will look to snap a seven-game losing streak when they host two teams this weekend. The Falcons will play conference leader UNLV on Thursday (Jan. 29), followed by San Diego State on Saturday (Jan. 31).
Both of this weekend's games will be broadcast on local radio at The Buzz (KBZC 1300 AM, Colorado Springs). Jay Ritchie will be the announcer. Fans can listen to the game, as well as access live stats, by visiting the Falcons' website at www.airforcesports.com.
The Falcons are 2-12 all-time against the Rebels. The Falcons won in 1996-97, the first-ever meeting, then lost the next 11 games. Air Force snapped that streak last season at the Academy with a one-point victory (73-72). The win snapped a 41-game conference losing streak and is one of the team's two Mountain West victories. In the other meeting, Rebels handed Air Force an 81-49 loss.
SCOUTING THE FALCONS
The Falcons are riding a seven-game losing streak. Their most recent defeat was a 78-59 loss to BYU. The Falcons are still struggling from the free throw line, shooting just 61.3 percent, last in the league. They are shooting 36.8 percent from the floor. Freshman Letricia Castillo leads the team and is sixth in the league with 13.3 ppg. Shawna Neff and Amoy Jackson are each averaging 10.6 ppg. Jackson is averaging 6.1 rebounds per game to lead the team.
SCOUTING THE REBELS
The Rebels are 14-2 overall and undefeated in the conference. Their only two losses were to UCLA and Loyola Marymount. UNLV is first in the confence in scoring average, putting up an impressive 74.6 points per game. They are also first in the league in rebounding margin (+8.8). RanDee Henry leads the team and is first in the league with a 19.4 ppg average. Two other players - Sherry McCracklin (14.6 ppg) and Sheena Moore (14.4) - are averaging more than 14 points per game.
Under McInelly, the Falcons have just one conference victory - a one-point win last season over UNLV. In four years in the Mountain West, the Falcons are just 2-61, including postseason games. They are currently riding a 13-game conference losing streak, dating back to last year.
Air Force will host San Diego State on Saturday in the second game of the two-game homestand. SDSU is 6-10 overall, but is coming off a big win over Colorado State. Air Force is 1-11 all-time against the Aztecs. The Falcons will then head back out on the road next weekend with games at Wyoming and Colorado State.