Air Force Hosts Nevada on Saturday Afternoon
Senior Katie Hilbig

Feb. 8, 2013

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The Air Force women's basketball team returns to action this Saturday, Feb. 9, when it hosts Nevada in a 2:00 p.m. contest in Clune Arena.

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Series History: Nevada leads, 4-2
Last Meeting: Nevada held on for a 67-54 victory over Air Force on Jan. 9 in Reno. Emily Burns led the Wolf Pack with 16 points and 12 rebounds, while senior Alicia Leipprandt was the lone Falcon to score in double figures, finishing with 13 points.
• National Girls and Women in Sports Day - A free pre-game sports clinic for kids will be held prior to the game in the Cadet Gymnasium (beginning at approximately 11:30). Kids who attend the clinic will receive free admission to the game.
• T-Shirt Giveaway - The first 400 fans in attendance will receive a free pink Air Force T-shirt.

A last-minute rally fell short as the Falcons dropped a 72-67 decision to visiting New Mexico Wednesday evening in Clune Arena. Senior Alicia Leipprandt led three Falcons in double figures, notching 19 points. Junior Cherae Medina added 15 points, while senior Dymond James registered her fourth double-double of the year, finishing with 13 points and 14 rebounds.

Air Force enters Saturday's game with a 2-19 overall record and 1-7 mark in the Mountain West, following its loss to New Mexico on Wednesday.

Senior Alicia Leipprandt is the Falcons' leading scorer with 12.4 points per contest, while classmate Dymond James is the team's next best scorer with 9.0 ppg. James is also Air Force's leading rebounder, averaging 7.4 boards per game, while junior Cherae Medina leads the Falcons with 3.3 assists per contest.

Nevada enters this weekend with a 6-15 overall record and 1-7 mark in the Mountain West. The Wolf Pack is coming off a 59-50 road loss to Colorado State on Wednesday.

Danika Sharp and Chanelle Brennan lead the Wolf Pack's offense, each averaging 13.4 points per contest, while Emily Burns is the leading rebounder, averaging 6.8 boards per game. Meanwhile, Arielle Wideman leads Nevada in assists with 3.8 per contest.

Against New Mexico on Wednesday, senior captain Dymond James notched her fourth double-double of the season and 14th of her career, tallying 13 points and 14 rebounds. She ranks second amongst current Mountain West players in career double-doubles, while her 17 career double-figure rebounding games also rank second in the Mountain West.

James' first double-double of the season came against Longwood on Nov. 12, when she notched 14 points and 11 rebounds, while she recorded 13 points and 14 rebounds against Army on Nov. 23. She also registered 14 points and a career-high-tying 15 rebounds in the Falcons' win over UNLV on Jan. 12.

Senior Alicia Leipprandt has stepped up offensively for the Falcons in their last three games, averaging 17.3 points per contest in that span. Her 19-point output against New Mexico on Wednesday was her highest scoring total against a Mountain West opponent this season.

Leipprandt has also seen more time on the court over the past three contests, averaging 37.7 minutes played per game. After playing a career-high 39 minutes versus San Diego State last week, Leipprandt saw 38 minutes of action against New Mexico on Wednesday.

Air Force continues to ranks amont the league's leaders in rebounding during conference games, ranking second with 41.6 rebounds per contest in the first half of the Mountain West slate. 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 rank first and fifth in the Mountain West in rebounding (conference games only) with 9.1 and 7.4 rebounds per contest, respectively. Hilbig is also second in offensive rebounds in conference play (3.5 pg), while James ranks second in defensive rebounds per game (6.4).

The Falcons are back on the road on Wednesday, Feb. 13, when they visit UNLV in a 7:00 p.m. (PT) contest.



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