Feb. 7, 2014
The Air Force women's basketball team heads to Fort Collins, Colo., this Saturday, Feb. 8, when it faces league-leading Colorado State in a 12:00 p.m. contest.
Live Stats: csurams.com
Live Video: Mountain West Network
Series History: Colorado State leads, 40-11
Last Meeting: Colorado State earned an 87-49 win over Air Force at the Academy on Jan. 18. Junior Lindsey Lewis scored a career-high 15 points to lead the Falcons' offense, while the Rams were led by senior Sam Martin with a game-high 17 points.
LAST TIME OUT...
The Falcons struggled in the second half, as they dropped a 76-49 road decision to Fresno State on Wednesday evening. Senior Camille Thompson finished with 11 points and a season-high seven rebounds to lead Air Force, while freshman Kelly Lujan added a career-high 11 points.
SCOUTING THE FALCONS...
Air Force enters this weekend's contest with a 1-19 overall record and 0-10 mark in the Mountain West, following its road loss to Fresno State on Wednesday.
The Falcons are led by senior Camille Thompson, who is averaging 10.9 points per game, and junior Jimi Blagowsky, who averages 10.7 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 4.3 boards per contest.
SCOUTING THE RAMS...
Colorado State currently holds a 17-4 overall record on the season and a league-best 9-1 mark in the Mountain West. The Rams are coming off a 66-48 road victory over UNLV.
Four players are averaging in double figures scoring for the Rams, led by Sam Martin with 12.0 points per game. Caitlin Duffy and AJ Newton each add 11.1 points per contest, while Elin Gustavsson is averaging 10.6 points per contest. In addition, Gritt Ryder adds 9.8 points and a team-high 4.9 assists per contest, while Ellen Nystrom averages 8.8 points and a team-leading 6.1 rebounds per game.
AIR FORCE IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST RANKINGS...
Through games of Feb. 5, Air Force ranks seventh in the Mountain West in steals (6.7) and three-point field goals made per game (4.9). 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 eighth in assist/turnover ratio (1.4), while junior Jimi Blagowsky ranks ninth in three-point field goals made per game (1.7).
COLORADO STATE IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST RANKINGS...
Through games of Feb. 5, Colorado State leads the Mountain West in scoring defense (62.0), scoring margin (+10.3), field goal percentage defense (.373), three-point field goal percentage defense (.296), assists (17.1) and assist/turnover ratio (1.4). Meanwhile, in conference games only, the Rams lead the league in scoring offense (74.6), scoring defense (57.5), scoring margin (+17.1), field goal percentage (.449), field goal percentage defense (.343), three-point field goal percentage defense (.246), assists (19.5) and assist/turnover ratio (1.6).
Individually, Caitlin Duffy leads the conference in free throw percentage (.853) and ranks third in three-point field goal percentage (.413) and sixth in three-point field goals made per game (2.0). Sam Martin ranks second in the league in blocked shots per game (1.6) and third in field goal percentage (.517), while Ryder Gritt ranks third in both assists (4.9) and assist/turnover ratio (2.1). AJ Newton ranks fourth in both three-point field goals made (2.3) and assist/turnover ratio (1.9), fifth in three-point field goal percentage (.397) and eighth in assists (3.6), while Elin Gustavsson ranks fourth in field goal percentage (.490). Additionally, Ellen Nystrom ranks fifth in the league in defensive rebounds (4.9) and seventh in assist/turnover ratio (1.5).
KELLY WITH A CAREER HIGH...
Freshman Kelly Lujan dropped in a personal-best 11 points to help lead the Falcons against Fresno State on Wednesday, reaching double figures for the first time in her career. Lujan matched her personal best mark with a pair of three-pointers, while also knocking down a career-high three free throws.
CAMILLE PLAYS ALL THE WAY...
Senior Camille Thompson played all 40 minutes against Fresno State on Wednesday evening, marking the first time in her career she has played an entire game. Thompson, who played a career-high 43 minutes in the Falcons' overtime contest against Nevada on Feb. 1, is the second Falcon to play a full game this season, joining co-captain Cherae Medina, who completed the feat versus UNLV on Jan. 4.
FALCONS IN THE RECORD BOOKS...
Three different Falcons have entered the program's Division I career record books so far this season. Senior Cherae 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, junior Jimi Blagowsky ranks eighth in career three-point field goal percentage (.309) in the Division I era.
In addition, senior Camille Thompson now ranks tied for 10th on the Falcons' Division I career games played with 109.
The Falcons return home on Wednesday, Feb. 12, as they host San José State in a 7:00 p.m. contest.