Falcons Head to Fresno State on Wednesday

    Junior Jimi Blagowsky

    Junior Jimi Blagowsky

    Feb. 4, 2014

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    The Air Force women's basketball team opens up the second half of its conference slate on Wednesday, Feb. 5, as it visits Fresno State for a 7:00 p.m. (PT) contest.

    GAME INFORMATION
    Live Stats:
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    Live Video: Mountain West Network
    Radio: N/A
    Series History: Fresno State leads, 5-0
    Last Meeting: Fresno State picked up a 77-43 victory over Air Force at the Academy on Jan. 8. Sophomore Missy Byrd scored a career-high 17 points to lead the Falcons' offense, while the Bulldogs were led by Taylor Thompson (18 pts.) and Alex Sheedy (17 pts., 10 reb.).

    LAST TIME OUT...
    The Falcons rallied back from a 17-point first-half deficit to force overtime, but fell short in the extra period, dropping an 84-74 decision to Nevada on Saturday afternoon. Senior Camille Thompson scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Falcons. Junior Jimi Blagowsky added 14 points, while Missy Byrd and Lindsey Lewis scored 13 and 12 points, respectively.

    SCOUTING THE FALCONS...
    Air Force enters this week's game with a 1-18 overall record and 0-9 mark in the Mountain West, following its overtime loss to Nevada on Saturday.

    The Falcons are led by senior Camille Thompson, who is averaging 10.9 points per game, and junior Jimi Blagowsky, who averages 10.8 points per game. In addition, senior Cherae Medina is averaging 9.5 points and a team-leading 5.0 assists per game. Air Force's leading rebounder is sophomore Madeleine Philpot with 4.4 boards per contest.

    SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS...
    Fresno State currently holds a 12-8 overall record on the season and a 6-3 ledger in the Mountain West, following a road loss to Wyoming last Wednesday.

    Taylor Thompson leads the Bulldogs with 13.4 points and 4.3 assists per contest, while Alex Sheedy adds 12.6 points per game. Also averaging in double figures scoring for Fresno State is Bree Farley with 11.5 points per contest, while Jacinta Vandenberg averages a team-leading 6.3 rebounds per game.

    AIR FORCE IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST RANKINGS...
    Through games of Feb. 1, Air Force ranks seventh in the Mountain West in three-point field goals made per game (4.8). The Falcons also rank sixth in the league in three-point field goals made per contest (5.2) in conference games only.

    Individually, senior Cherae Medina ranks second in the Mountain West in assists per game (5.0) and ninth in assist/turnover ratio (1.4), while junior Jimi Blagowsky ranks eighth in three-point field goals made per game (1.7).

    FRESNO STATE IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST RANKINGS...
    Through games of Feb. 1, Fresno State ranks second in the Mountain West in scoring defense (63.1), free throw percentage (.755), steals (9.7) and three-point field goals made per game (7.8). Meanwhile, in conference games only, the Bulldogs lead the league in free throw percentage (.797) and rank second in steals (9.9) and tied for second in scoring defense (62.7).

    Individually, Taylor Thompson ranks second in the conference in steals (2.2) and assist/turnover ratio (2.5), fourth in free throw percentage (.833), sixth in assists (4.3) and ninth in scoring (13.4). Jacinta Vandenberg ranks third in blocked shots (1.6) and is tied for seventh in defensive rebounds (4.8), while Bree Farley ranks fifth in three-point field goal percentage (.403), eighth in field goal percentage (.469), ninth in steals (1.7) and 10th in three-point field goals made (1.6). Additionally, Robin Draper ranks eighth in the Mountain West in three-point field goal percentage (.392).

    FALCONS IN OVERTIME...
    Air Force played in its first overtime game of the season on Saturday versus Nevada. The last time the Falcons went to overtime was an 82-78 win over CSU Bakersfield last season; meanwhile, Air Force has not gone to overtime in a conference game since March 2011 (a 73-70 home loss to New Mexico).

    LINDSEY STEPS UP...
    Junior Lindsey Lewis has now reached double figures scoring in four straight games after reaching double figures just once in the first 22 games of her career. Lewis, who finished with 14 points against Boise State and 12 points versus Nevada this week, currently ranks fourth in the Mountain West in field goal percentage (conference games only).

    FALCONS AT THE FREE THROW LINE...
    Air Force shot a season-high 85.7 percent from the free throw line on Saturday versus Nevada, knocking down 18-of-21 foul shots. The 18 made free throws were also a season high, eclipsing the previous mark of 13 free throws, set three times.

    TWENTY FOR THOMPSON...
    Senior Camille Thompson registered a game-high 21 points in the Falcons' overtime loss to Nevada on Saturday, marking her fourth 20-point scoring output of the season. Her four 20-point performances are the most in a season for a Falcon since Alicia Leipprandt had five 20-point contests in 2011-12.

    PICKING POCKETS...
    Air Force's 12 steals against Nevada on Saturday were a season high, while the 27 turnovers by the Wolf Pack were the most by an Air Force opponent this season.

    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 tied for second in Air Force's Division I era in career assists with 228, while ranking ninth in career three-point field goal percentage (.300) and 10th in career three-point field goals made (66) and attempted (220). Meanwhile, Blagowsky ranks seventh in career three-point field goal percentage (.314) in the Division I era.

    NEXT UP...
    The Falcons are back in action this Saturday, Feb. 8, as they visit in-state rival Colorado State for a 7:00 p.m. contest.

     

     

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