Women's Basketball Loses to the Lobos, 65-52
Albuquerque, N.M. - Despite a tightly contested game, the Air Force women's basketball team could not deliver the upset, losing to New Mexico 65-52 Saturday afternoon before 13,109 fans in The Pit.
Air Force played hard the entire game. They were within single digits of the lead for most of the game, and the final deficit of 13 points was the largest lead of the game for the Lobos. The Falcons played especially well in the first half, and trailed by just two points at the break.
After missing seven of their first eight shots, the Falcons heated up, hitting nine of their next 16 attempts. Midway through the first half, Air Force took its first lead of the game on consecutive three-pointers by Wendy Stillman. They teams headed to the locker rooms with Lobos clinging to a 29-27 lead.
The Lobos came out strong in the second half, opening the half on 14-5 run. They extended their lead to double digits for the first time six minutes into the half, and the Falcons could never recover from the deficit. New Mexico shot 59 percent from the field in the second half.
Amoy Jackson led the Falcons in scoring with 12 points, while Rozi Russ chipped in 10 points. Jordan Adams led all scorers with 17 points, while teammate Miranda Sancez had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the double-double.
The Falcons did a solid job on the boards. Despite a distinct height disadvantage, Air Force grabbed a season-high 12 offensive rebounds. They finished the game with 30 rebounds to the Lobos' 35.
The Falcons were in foul trouble early. They finished the game with 23 fouls, 15 of which came in the first half, while the Lobos only had 12 fouls in the game. New Mexico took advantage at the line, shooting 19-for-30 in the game in free throws. The Falcons first foul shot of the game came with less than 10 minutes to play, and they finished the game with just four free throw attempts.
The Falcons (3-18, 0-8 MWC) are on the road again next week, when they play
UNLV (Feb. 15) and San Diego State (Feb. 17).