Feb. 1, 2013
The Air Force women's basketball team closes out its two-game California road trip this Saturday, Feb. 2, as it visits San Diego State in a 2:00 p.m. (PT) contest.
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Series History: San Diego State leads, 25-6
Last Season: Air Force and San Diego State met three times during the 2011-12 season, with the Aztecs winning all three games. SDSU won a 75-62 decision at the Academy, followed by 59-46 victory in San Diego. The Aztecs also captured a 68-58 win over the Falcons in the opening round of the Mountain West Championship in Las Vegas.
LAST TIME OUT...
Plagued by 20 first-half turnovers, the Falcons dropped a 60-47 contest to league-leading Fresno State on Wednesday evening. Senior Alicia Leipprandt registered a team-leading 15 points and six rebounds, while freshman Missy Byrd added a career-high 14 points for Air Force.
SCOUTING THE FALCONS...
Air Force enters Saturday's contest with a 2-17 overall record and 1-5 mark in the Mountain West, following its loss to Fresno State on Wednesday.
Senior Alicia Leipprandt is the Falcons' leading scorer with 11.8 points per contest, while classmate Dymond James is the team's next best scorer with 8.7 ppg. James and co-captain Katie Hilbig are Air Force's leading rebounders, each averaging 7.1 boards per game, while junior Cherae Medina leads the Falcons with 3.3 assists per contest.
SCOUTING THE AZTECS...
San Diego State currently holds a 14-5 overall record and 5-1 mark in the Mountain West. The Aztecs, who had a bye on Wednesday, are coming off a 63-39 road victory over New Mexico.
Senior Courtney Clements leads the Aztecs with 17.2 points per game, while senior Chelsea Hopkins adds 13.6 points, 7.5 rebounds and a conference-best 7.4 assists per contest.
ALICIA IN THE TOP 10...
With her 15 points against Fresno State on Wednesday, senior Alicia Leipprandt moved into the Falcons' all-time top 10 scoring list. Leipprandt currently has 1,076 career points, which also ranks as the third-highest scoring total in Air Force's Division I era.
BYRD IS THE WORD...
Freshman Missy Byrd recorded her highest scoring output of the season versus Fresno State, notching a career-best 14 points. Byrd knocked down 6-of-11 shots, setting new personal best marks for field goals made and attempted in a game.
The Falcons held Fresno State to 60 points on Wednesday, matching the lowest scoring output for an Air Force opponent this season. The Bulldogs had entered the game with the second-highest scoring average in the Mountain West at 69.4 points per game. In addition, Fresno State knocked down just four three-pointers, after entering the contest averaging a league-best 7.3 made three-point field goals per contest.
Air Force also recorded a season-high-tying 13 steals against the Bulldogs, led by senior Katie Hilbig and junior Cherae Medina, who both notched season highs with four and three steals, respectively.
TOO MANY TURNOVERS...
After recording a season-low 11 turnovers versus Wyoming on Jan. 26, the Falcons were plagued by turnovers against Fresno State. Air Force committed 20 of their season-high 30 turnovers in the opening half to help the Bulldogs stake a 19-point lead at the intermission.
STILL THE REBOUNDING LEADERS...
Air Force continues to lead the league in rebounding during conference games, averaging 43.8 rebounds per contest in their six Mountain West contests. The Falcons' best rebounding effort came on Jan. 12, when they grabbed a season-high 60 boards in their win over UNLV.
Individually, seniors Dymond James and Katie Hilbig are rank second and fourth in the Mountain West in rebounding (conference games only) with 8.5 and 8.0 rebounds per contest, respectively. Hilbig is also tied for second in offensive rebounds in conference play (3.7 pg), while James ranks third in defensive rebounds per game (6.2).
The Falcons return home on Wednesday, Feb. 2, when they close out the first half of their conference slate versus New Mexico. All fans are encouraged to come out and "Pack the House" for the 7:00 p.m. game versus the Lobos.