Falcons Travel To New Mexico

    Sophomore guard Stevie Puentes.
    Sophomore guard Stevie Puentes.

    Feb. 10, 2009

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    Air Force vs. New Mexico
    Wednesday, Feb. 11

    Tipoff: 7 p.m. (MST)
    Location: Albuquerque, N.M.
    Arena: University Arena (The PIT)
    Capacity: 18,018
    Series: UNM leads, 24-1
    Live Stats/Internet Radio: www.golobos.com

    Falcons Travel To New Mexico
    The Air Force women's basketball team travels to New Mexico this Wednesday, Feb. 11. Tipoff for the game is at 7 p.m. MST. Live stats and internet radio broadcast will be available for the game.

    Scouting Air Force
    Air Force is 4-18 on the season after falling at home to San Diego State, 55-37, last Saturday. Sophomore guard Raimee Beck leads the team offensively, scoring 12.6 points per game to go with 5.8 rebounds per game. Senior Kim Kreke is the top rebounder in the conference, averaging 9.5 boards per game.

    Air Force In 2007-08
    Air Force went 10-19 in 2007-09. The Falcons were 4-12 in Mountain West Conference play, finishing in seventh place. The four conference wins and seventh place finish were all-time bests in MWC play for Air Force. Senior forward Alecia Steele led Air Force in scoring and rebounding, averaging 12 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Steele was also named team MVP. Steele and senior guard Pamela Findlay earned all-MWC honors.

    Scouting New Mexico
    New Mexico is 16-6 on the season after falling at UNLV, 57-51, last Saturday. The Lobos are led offensively by junior guard Amy Beggin, who is averaging 15.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.

    Series History/Notes
    - Air Force and New Mexico have met 25 times with the Lobos owning a 24-1 advantage in the series.
    - The two teams first met on Jan. 2, 1992, a 61-41 Air Force win at the Academy.
    - New Mexico has won 24 in a row since.

    AF vs. New Mexico History

    1-2-92	USAFA, CO	W	 61-41
    12-5-92	Albuquerque, NM	L	61-76
    12-1-95	Albuquerque, NM	L	60-63
    1-15-98	USAFA, CO^	L	42-77
    2-12-98	Albuquerque, NM^	L	45-91
    1-15-00	USAFA, CO*	L	53-72
    2-12-00	Albuquerque, NM*	L	42-84
    1-13-01	USAFA, CO*	L	44-68
    2-10-01	Albuquerque, NM*	L	52-65
    1-12-02	USAFA, CO*	L	43-64
    2-7-02	Albuquerque, NM*	L	48-78
    1-18-03	Albuquerque, NM*	L	57-93
    2-15-03	USAFA, CO*	L	40-71 
    1-17-04	USAFA, CO*	L	43-65
    2-14-04	Albuquerque, NM*	L	31-79
    1-15-05	Albuquerque, NM*	L	58-72
    2-10-05	USAFA, CO*	L	68-77
    1-21-06	USAFA, CO*	L	54-59
    2-22-06	Albuquerque, NM*	L	53-79
    1-18-07	Albuquerque, NM*	L	46-60
    2-17-07	USAFA, CO*	L	47-57
    1-16-08	USAFA, CO*	L	45-75
    2-20-08	Albuquerque, NM*	L	40-79
    1-10-09	USAFA, CO*	L	39-73
    ^WAC game
    *MWC game

    Last Meeting
    The Air Force women's basketball team dropped a 73-39 contest to New Mexico in Mountain West Conference action Saturday afternoon at Clune Arena.
    Three Lobos reached double figures, led by Amy Beggin, who had game-high's of 16 points and nine rebounds. Angela Hartill added 11 points and six rebounds and Sara Halasz had 10 points and three rebounds off the bench for UNM.
    Senior Kim Kreke was the leading scorer for the Falcons with 10 points to go with six rebounds and two blocked shots. Brooke Cultra added nine points and nine rebounds to go with two blocked shots.
    Air Force had a tough go of things in the first-half, as cold shooting lifted New Mexico to a 33-12 halftime lead. The Falcons shot just 20.8 percent from the field in the opening stanza.
    Despite a down afternoon from the field, the Falcons managed to get to the free throw line in the second half, so score 27 second-half points. Entering the game leading the nation in free throw shooting percentage (82.7), the Falcons went 14-of-18 from the line, good for a 77.8 percentage.
    Sophomore Jenny Bandi notched a career-high four points off the bench and freshman Amber Wilmore notched career bests with two points and two rebounds.

    Air Force-New Mexico Connections
    - New Mexico senior guard Amanda Adamson hails from Littleton, Colo. A transfer from Syracuse, Adamson was a four-year letterwinner at Heritage High School in Denver.
    - Air Force sophomore guard Stevie Puentes hails from Rio Rancho, N.M. Puentes is a 2006 graduate of Rio Rancho HS where she was a four-year letterwinner and all-state selection as a senior.

    Falcons Amongst Top Free Throw Teams In NCAA
    Air Force is shooting 76.8 percent from the free throw line, ranking 10th in the NCAA. Air Force is third in the MWC, trailing Utah and TCU.

    	Team	Pct.	NCAA Rank
    	1. Utah	81.1	3
    	2. TCU	77.6	7
    	3. Air Force	76.9	10

    Four Starters From Illinois
    Four of Air Force's starter are Illinois natives. Senior Brooke Cultra, sophomore Liz Dunsworth, freshman Anna Gault and senior Kim Kreke hail from the Illini State. Including Idaho native Raimee Beck, Air Force has gone with the same starting lineup for 12 consecutive games.

    Player - Illinois home town
    Cultra - Onarga
    Dunsworth - Rock Island
    Gault - Aurora
    Kreke - Salem

    Kreke MWC's Top Rebounder
    Kim Kreke leads the Mountain West Conference with 9.3 rebounds per game. The next closest player is UNLV's Shamela Hampton with 9.0 rebounds per game. Kreke averaged 4.6 rebounds per game as a junior. She has 10+ rebounds in 10 games this year.

    	MWC Individual Rebounding
    	1. Kim Kreke, Air Force	9.5
    	2. Jamie Smith, UNLV	9.2
    	3. Shamela Hampton, UNLV	9.0
    	4. Paris Johnson, SDSU	8.7

    Beck A Scoring Machine
    Air Force guard Raimee Beck has become one of the Mountain West Conference's top scorers. The sophomore is second on the team and ninth in the MWC, averaging 12.6 points per game. In addition, Beck is second in three-points per game, making 2.27 treys per game and is third in the conference in terms of minutes played, averaging 36.2 minutes per game.
    Beck was named MWC Player of the Week on Dec. 8 after averaging 25.3 points and 7.3 rebounds during that week.

    Here are some of Beck's highlights so far this year:
    - Scored a career-high 30 points against North Carolina Central, becoming the first Falcon to reach 30 points in a game since 2002.
    - Was 8-for-8 from three-point range vs. NCCU, tying a school record for three's in a game and shattering the previous school mark of 4-for-4 for perfect three's in a game. The 8-for-8 on three' was also a new MWC record and one shy of tying the NCAA record.
    - At one point, made 12-consecutive three-point baskets over the three games, two off the NCAA record of 14.
    - Scored 21 points vs. Barry and 25 vs. Miami (Ohio).
    - Named to Air Force Classic All-Tournament Team.

    Beck Averages 19.5 When Reaching Double-Figures
    Although Raimee Beck leads the team with a 12.6 scoring average, that total increases significantly when the sophomore guard reaches double figures in a game. In her 11 games reaching double-figures in scoring, Beck has averaged 19.5 points in those games. Air Force is 4-7 when Beck reaches double-figures in scoring.

    Cultra Having Solid Senior Campaign
    Senior Brooke Cultra has been one of Air Force's most consistent players this year. The guard/forward ranks second on the team in scoring (12.6 ppg), rebounding (6.6 rpg) , free throw percentage (86.1 %) and blocked shots (9). The senior leads Air Force with 105 career games played and also ranks fourth all-time at the Academy in career rebounding (Div. I era) with 449 boards and is ninth in career scoring (Div. I era) with 736 points.

    Kreke Sets Academy Div. I Rebounding Mark; Twice
    Kim Kreke had pulled down 19 rebounds in a game twice this season, setting a Air Force Div. I record in the process. Kreke first recorded 19 rebounds against Milwaukee. That total eclipsed the previous mark of 16 set by Mollie Peters vs. Texas-Pan American on Nov. 23, 1997. Kreke grabbed 19 rebounds again vs. UMKC on Dec 22. The 19 rebounds ties for the fourth-most in Air Force history, the seventh-highest mark in Mountain West Conference history and the second-highest total by a senior in MWC history.

    Most Rebounds In A Game By Air Force
    31 Mary Jo Wier vs. New Mexico Highlands, 2/11/77
    26 Mary Manning vs. Northern Colorado, 3/11/82
    24 Mary Jo Wier vs. Colorado Mines, 2/1/77
    19 Kim Kreke vs. UMKC, 12/22/08
    19 Kim Kreke vs. Milwaukee, 11/22/08
    19 Mary Manning vs. Northern Colorado, 1/29/85
    17 Theresa Blad vs. Abilene Christian, 3/8/85
    17 Melissa Standley vs. Mesa State, 11/17/89
    16 Mollie Peters vs. Texas Pan-American, 11/23/97

    Falcon Trio Amongst MWC Leaders
    Air Force seniors Brooke Cultra and Kim Kreke and sophomore Raimee Beck are amongst the MWC leaders in several categories.

    	Three-Point Baskets Per Game
    	Beck 	3rd/2.27
    	Blocked Shots
    	Kreke	2nd/32
    	Beck	9th/12.6
    	Cultra	10th/12.4
    	Kreke	23rd/9.4
    	Kreke	1st/9.5
    	Cultra	9th/6.6
    	Beck 	14th/5.8
    	Free Throw Pct.
    	Cultra	5th/86.1
    	Beck	13th/1.32
    	Minutes Played Per Game
    	Beck	2nd/36.36
    	Kreke 	6th/34.00
    	Cultra	14th/30.68

    Sophomore Class Emerging
    Several Air Force sophomores have shown improvement since their freshmen campaigns. Guard Stevie Puentes and center Liz Dunsworth have significantly increased their production from their freshmen year and guard Raimee Beck has improved her scoring and rebounding averages.

    	Beck	2007-08	2008-09
    	PPG	9.0	12.6
    	RPG	3.7	5.8
    	3 PT%	.343	.365
    	GP-GS	16-0	22-17
    	MPG	3.7	22.2
    	PPG	0.6	3.7
    	RPG	0.6	4.3
    	GP-GS	6-0	22-1
    	MPG	4.2	17.2
    	PPG	1.7	3.0
    	APG	0.2	1.5

    Schjodt A Pleasant Surprise
    Kathleen Schjodt, the lone junior on the team, has also provided solid minutes this year. After seeing limited minutes as a freshman and even less time as a sophomore due to injury, the junior has started four games and has been Air Force's top reserve. Schjodt is averaging 5.3 points and 2.9 rebounds per game, both top numbers for the Falcon reserves.

    	GP-GS	3-0	22-4
    	MPG	5.0	21.3
    	PPG	2.3	5.3
    	RPG	1.0	2.9

    Gault Turning Into Top Distributor
    Point guard Anna Gault is quickly picking up the pace of Div. I basketball. Gault had a career-high 10 assists against North Carolina Central and has 5+ assists in seven games. It was the first 10 assist game by a Falcons since 2002. Gault is currently averaging 3.5 assists per game, ranking sixth in the MWC. Her 77 assists already ranks in the single season top ten in the Div. I era at Air Force.

    Single Season Assists Div. I Era
    1.	119, Latoya Howell	2002-03
    2.	111, Lauren Henderson	2004-05
    3.	110, Kallie Quinn	1997-98
    4.	109, Latoya Howell	2001-02
    5.	77, Anna Gault	2008-09
    6.	74, Brooke Cultra	2007-08
    7.	72, Jennifer Roesch	2003-04
    8.	68, Raimee Beck	2007-08
    9.	63, Pamela Findlay	2006-07
    10.	58, Jennifer Roesch	2004-05

    Kreke Becomes Div. I Era Shot Block Leader
    Senior Kim Kreke currently has 84 blocks for her career. That total is the most Air Force in the Div. I era, surpassing Ellen Jaeschke. Kreke currently ranks 4th all-time in shot blocks.

    Most Blocks Career
    1.	122, Mary Manning 	1981-85
    2.	88, Chris Clausnitzer	1988-92
    3.	84, Kim Kreke*	2005-pr.
    4.	79, Leigh Wilbanks	1988-91
    5.	70, Carrie Carrow	1993, 95-96
    6.	64, Stacy Goss	1983-86
    7.	56, Ellen Jaeschke*	2004-05
    8.	55, Brooke Cultra*	2005-pr.
    9.	52, Pamela Findlay*	2004-08
    10.	41, Mollie Peters*	1996-00
    *Div. I era

    Injury Sidelines Loveless For Remainder Of Season
    Senior power forward Dana Loveless will miss the remainder of the 2008-09 season after suffering a sprained ankle and torn left ACL in the season-opener against Northern Colorado. Both injuries happened on the same play just eight minutes into the game.

    Falcons Picked To Finish Ninth In MWC
    In the preseason conference poll released in October, Air Force was chosen by the coaches and select media to finish ninth in the Mountain West.

    1. Utah (16) 	206
    2. San Diego State (6) 	184
    3. TCU (2) 	161
    4. New Mexico (2) 	148
    5. BYU 	117
    6. Wyoming 	113
    7. UNLV 	80
    8. Colorado State 	44
    9. Air Force 	36
    (First Place Votes)

    Seven Regular Season Games on TV
    A record seven Air Force women's basketball regular season games will be televised. The Falcons will have four games on the Mountain West Sports Network (Mtn.) and games on CBS College Sports (CBS C), Fox Rocky Mountain (Fox RM) and BYU TV. Air Force could also have games televised at the MWC Championships.

    Air Force WBB TV Schedule
    Nov. 29	Army	Mtn.
    Dec. 10	at Denver	Fox RM
    Jan. 3	Navy	Mtn.
    Jan. 7	at San Diego St.	CBS C
    Jan. 20	Colorado St.	Mtn.
    Feb. 4	at BYU	BYU TV
    Feb. 21	at Colorado St.	Mtn.
    M 10-14	MWC Tourney	Mtn./CBS C/VERSUS

    Team Captains
    Seniors Brooke Cultra and Kim Kreke have been named team co-captains for the 2008-09 season. Cultra is a three-year letterwinner and returning starter at shooting guard. Kreke is also a three-year letterwinner and returning starter at center.

    Up Next
    Air Force returns to action Saturday, Feb. 14, hosting Utah on Valentines Day. Tip off for the game is at 2 p.m. MTN.



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