Jan. 31, 2014
The Air Force women's basketball team returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 1, when it hosts Nevada in a 1:00 p.m. contest.
Live Stats: goairforcefalcons.com
Live Video: Mountain West Network
Radio: AM 1300 The Animal
Series History: Nevada leads, 5-3
Last Season: Air Force and Nevada split a pair of regular season contests last year, with the Wolf Pack picking up a 67-54 win in Reno on Jan. 9, while the Falcons earned a 63-56 decision at the Academy on Feb. 9. The two teams also met in the opening round of the Mountain West Championship, with Nevada coming away with the 80-66 win.
NATIONAL GIRLS AND WOMEN IN SPORTS DAY...
The Falcons will celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Saturday, with all kids receiving a free t-shirt, as well as free admission for themselves and an accompanying adult. There will also be an opportunity for prize giveaways following the game during Air Force's autograph session on the court.
LAST TIME OUT...
Unable to overcome a sluggish first-half performance, the Falcons dropped a 77-63 decision to Boise State Wednesday evening in Clune Arena. Junior Jimi Blagowsky scored 17 of her game-high 19 points to lead Air Force. Junior Lindsey Lewis added 14 points, while Missy Byrd and Camille Thompson also scored in double figures with 13 and 10 points, respectively.
SCOUTING THE FALCONS...
Air Force enters this weekend's game with a 1-17 overall record and 0-8 mark in the Mountain West, following its loss to Boise State on Wednesday.
The Falcons are led by junior Jimi Blagowsky, who is averaging 10.7 points per game, while senior Camille Thompson adds 10.3 points per contest. In addition, senior Cherae Medina is averaging 9.6 points and a team-leading 5.0 assists per game. Air Force's leading rebounder is sophomore Madeleine Philpot with 4.5 boards per contest.
SCOUTING THE WOLF PACK...
Nevada has compiled a 9-10 overall record on the season and a 4-4 ledger in the Mountain West, following its road loss to Colorado State on Wednesday evening.
Danika Sharp leads the Wolf Pack with 12.7 points per contest, while Terilyn Moe adds 12.4 points per game. Also averaging in double figures scoring for Nevada is Mimi Mungedi, who is averaging 10.3 points and a team-high 6.3 rebounds per contest.
AIR FORCE IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST RANKINGS...
Through games of Jan. 29, Air Force ranks seventh in the Mountain West in three-point field goals made per game (5.0). The Falcons also rank sixth in the league in three-point field goals made per contest (5.6) in conference games only.
Individually, senior Cherae Medina ranks second in the Mountain West in assists per game (5.0) and seventh in assist/turnover ratio (1.4), while junior Jimi Blagowsky ranks eighth in three-point field goals made per game (1.8).
NEVADA IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST RANKINGS...
Through games of Jan. 29, Nevada leads the Mountain West in field goal percentage defense (.376), rebounding offense (44.4) and defensive rebounds (29.4). Meanwhile, in conference games only, the Wolf Pack leads the league in rebounding offense (46.4).
Individually, Mimi Mungedi leads the conference in field goal percentage (.561) and blocked shots (1.8), while Terilyn Moe ranks second in free throw percentage (.843) and 10th in assist/turnover ratio (1.4). Danika Sharp ranks fourth in the conference in three-point field goals made (2.2) and ninth in free throw percentage (.803), while Arielle Wideman ranks sixth in assist/turnover ratio (1.6) and seventh in assists (3.7).
A TALE OF TWO HALVES...
Air Force played two very different halves in its loss against Boise State on Wednesday, scoring just 19 points in the first 20 minutes before dropping in 44 points in the second half. The Falcons also shot just 32 percent from the field, including an 0-for-7 effort from beyond the arc, and committed 13 turnovers before the intermission. Meanwhile, after the break, Air Force shot over 51 percent from the field and recorded just four turnovers.
MISSY AT THE FOUL LINE...
While sophomore Missy Byrd has struggled at the free throw line this season, she had a strong performance at the charity stripe versus Boise State on Wednesday. Byrd entered the game shooting just 51.2 percent from the foul line, but hit a career-high 7-of-10 free throw attempts against the Broncos.
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 223, while ranking ninth in career three-point field goal percentage (.304) and 10th in career three-point field goals made (66) and attempted (217). Meanwhile, Blagowsky ranks sixth in career three-point field goal percentage (.321) in the Division I era.
The Falcons hit the road next week, as they visit Fresno State on Wednesday, Feb. 5, in a 7:00 p.m. (PT) contest.