Air Force Travels to New Mexico for Mid-Week Contest
Jan. 31, 2011
The Air Force women’s basketball team closes out the first half of its Mountain West Conference slate on Wednesday, Feb. 2, as it travels to Albuquerque, N.M., to face New Mexico. The game is slated to begin at 7:00 p.m. in The Pit.
Live Stats/Video: golobos.com
Series History: New Mexico leads, 27-1
Last Season: New Mexico captured a 62-42 victory on Jan. 20 in Albuquerque, while winning a 65-46 decision at the Academy on Feb. 20.
Air Force: Andrea Williams (7-13/First Season; 19-48/Third Season overall)
New Mexico: Don Flanagan (334-162/16th Season)
Last Time Out...
Air Force overcame an 11-point second-half deficit to pull off a 60-55 victory over league-leading TCU on Saturday afternoon. The Falcons earned their first win over the Horned Frogs since the first meeting between the two teams in 1988.
Sophomore Dymond James led the Falcons’ balanced offense, finishing with 11 points, while senior Raimee Beck added nine points. In addition, Kelsey Berger, Michelle Ivey, Alicia Leipprandt and Megan Muniz scored eight points each, while Muniz also dished out a career-best seven assists.
Scouting the Falcons...
Air Force enters this weekend’s game with a 7-13 overall record and 2-5 ledger in the Mountain West Conference following its home victory over TCU on Saturday afternoon.
Scouting the Lobos...
New Mexico currently holds a 7-12 overall record and 1-6 mark in the MWC. The Lobos are coming off a 76-64 road loss to BYU.
Senior Amanda Best leads New Mexico with 9.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per contest. Meanwhile, freshman Jasmine Patterson adds 9.7 points per game.
How We Rate...
In the latest conference statistics, Air Force ranks third in the MWC in three-point field goal percentage (.332), steals (8.6) and defensive rebounding percentage (.686).
Meanwhile, several Falcons rank among the conference’s top-10 individual leaders in various categories:
Dymond James 8 7.1
Megan Muniz 7 4.2
Jamela Satterfield 7 1.9
3PT FG Pct.
Kelsey Berger 1 .444
3PT FG Made
Raimee Beck 8 1.8
Megan O’Neil T10 0.8
Megan Muniz 3 1.8
Dymond James 6 5.1
How They Rate...
In the latest conference statistics, New Mexico ranks second in rebounding offense (40.1), steals (8.8) and offensive rebounds (13.8), while ranking third in turnover margin (+1.8).
Meanwhile, several Lobos rank among the conference’s top-10 individual leaders in various categories:
Starr Crawford 10 6.8
Lauren Taylor T2 .859
Amanda Best 7 .783
Jasmine Patterson 8 .781
Porche Torrance 3 2.1
Jessica Kielpinski 8 1.6
3PT FG Pct.
Morgan Toben 5 .378
Porche Torrance 4 1.6
Jessica Kielpinski 9 0.8
Amanda Best 7 5.0
Perils of the Pit...
On Tuesday, Air Force will be looking for its first-ever win at The Pit. The Falcons currently hold an 0-14 all-time record when playing the Lobos in Albuquerque.
Air Force will also attempt to capture its first win over New Mexico since its first meeting against the Lobos on Jan. 2, 1992.
Snapping the road Streak?...
After breaking its 40-game conference losing streak, Air Force will look to end another losing streak against New Mexico. The Falcons have dropped 38 straight road games and their first road victory since defeating Colorado State in Fort Collins on Jan. 23, 2008.
An Historic win...
Air Force made history with its win over TCU on Saturday, breaking a 15-game losing streak versus the Horned Frogs. The only previous victory for the Falcons, who had never won a conference match-up against TCU, came in the first meeting between the two teams on Feb. 26, 1988.
With a 2-5 record through the first seven games of the conference season, Air Force has matched its best-ever Mountain West Conference start. The Falcons also started out the conference slate at 2-5 during the 2004-05 season.
In addition, with seven wins on the year, Air Force has already matched its win total from the past two seasons combined, after winning four games in 2008-09 and three games in 2009-10.
The Falcons received balanced scoring in their win over TCU on Saturday, with six players scoring at least eight points each. The only Air Force player to score in double figures, sophomore Dymond James led the way with 11 points, followed by senior Raimee Beck with nine points. Meanwhile, Kelsey Berger, Michelle Ivey, Alicia Leipprandt and Megan Muniz each registered eight points.
Muniz On the assist...
In addition to scoring eight points against TCU on Saturday, sophomore point guard Megan Muniz dished out a career-high seven assists, while committing just two turnovers. It marked the eighth time this season that Muniz has tallied at least five assists.
Ivey Stepping Up...
Despite playing in just her third career game this season, freshman Michelle Ivey made an impact on the Falcons’ lineup against TCU. Ivey finished the game with a career-best eight points and six rebounds, shooting 80 percent from the field.
Falcons hit the boards...
Air Force outrebounded TCU, 42-32, in its win on Saturday, marking the first time this season that the Falcons have outrebounded a conference opponent. Air Force entered the game with a -6.7 rebounding margin in MWC contests.
Air Force returns home on Saturday, Feb. 5, when it hosts Utah in a 2:00 p.m. The Falcons will celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day with a free pre-game clinic, while also designating it their “Pink Zone” game for breast cancer awareness.