Air Force Looks for Season Sweep of UNLV
Junior Camille Thompson

Feb. 11, 2013

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The Air Force women's basketball team is back on the road this Wednesday, Feb. 13, as it visits UNLV in a 7:00 p.m. (PT) contest.

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Series History: UNLV leads, 28-5
Last Meeting: Leading for all but two and a half minutes, Air Force earned an 81-69 victory over UNLV on Jan. 12 at the Academy. For the Falcons, Katie Hilbig registered 14 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, Dymond James added 14 points and a career-high-tying 15 rebounds and junior Cherae Medina registered 13 points and a career-best 10 assists. For the Lady Rebels, Danielle Miller led the way with a game-high 21 points.

Shooting nearly 57 percent in the second half, the Falcons earned a 63-56 victory over Nevada Saturday afternoon at Clune Arena.

Senior Alicia Leipprandt notched her first 20+ point game of the conference season, registering a game-high 21 points, while captain Dymond James recorded her second consecutive double-double, finishing with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Also scoring in double figures for the Falcons was junior Cherae Medina, who tallied 11 points.

Air Force enters Wednesday's game with a 3-19 overall record and 2-7 mark in the Mountain West, following its win over Nevada on Saturday.

Senior Alicia Leipprandt is the Falcons' leading scorer with 12.9 points per contest, while classmate Dymond James is the team's next best scorer with 9.3 ppg. James is also Air Force's leading rebounder, averaging 7.6 boards per game, while junior Cherae Medina leads the Falcons with 3.4 assists per contest.

UNLV currently holds a 9-14 overall record and 5-4 ledger in the Mountain West. The Lady Rebels are coming off a narrow 58-57 win over New Mexico on Saturday.

Kelli Thompson leads the Lady Rebels with a conference-best 18.7 points per game and 6.6 rebounds per contest, while Danielle Miller adds 10.8 points per contest.

Against Nevada on Saturday, senior captain Dymond James registered her fifth double-double of the season and 15th of her career, finishing with 14 points and 11 rebounds. It was her second consecutive double-double, after registering 13 points and 14 rebounds against New Mexico on Wednesday. She ranks second amongst current Mountain West players in career double-doubles, while her 18 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 four games, averaging 18.3 points per contest in that span. Her 21-point output against Nevada on Saturday was her highest scoring total against a Mountain West opponent this season.

After shooting just 27.6 percent from the field in the first half versus Nevada, Air Force shot 56.7 percent in the second-half, its highest single-half percentage this season.

The Falcons finished with a .424 field goal percentage against the Wolf Pack, the team's second-highest shooting percentage in conference play. Meanwhile, Air Force shot a season-best 66.7 percent (4-of-6) from beyond the arc.

Air Force continues to lead the Mountain West in rebounding during conference games, averaging 41.9 rebounds per contest. 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 tied for fourth in the Mountain West in rebounding (conference games only) with 9.3 and 7.3 rebounds per contest, respectively. Hilbig is also second in offensive rebounds in conference play (3.4 pg), while James ranks second in defensive rebounds per game (6.6).

Air Force senior Alicia Leipprandt ranks in the top 10 of the Falcons' Division I record books in several career categories, with her latest entry in the career assists list. Leipprandt now ranks tied for 10th place in Air Force's DI era with 170 career assists.

Meanwhile, Leipprandt also ranks third in field goals made, fourth in field goals attempted and free throws made, fifth in career scoring average and free throws attempted, sixth in steals, seventh in field goal percentage and ninth in free throw percentage.

With her 14 points against Nevada on Saturday, senior Dymond James moved into fifth place on the Falcons' career scoring list at the Division I level with 975 points.

This year's team now has two players among the Academy's top five scorers at the Division I level. Classmate Alicia Leipprandt, who entered the 2012-13 season in ninth place with 851 career points, now ranks third on the list with 1,134 points.

In addition, both Leipprandt and James are listed among the top 20 scorers all-time at the Academy, with Leipprandt ranked ninth, while James is 16th.

A pair of Air Force players recently moved into the Falcons' single-season top 10 lists (Division I era). Junior Cherae Medina is currently tied for eighth on the single-season assist list with 74, while senior Dymond James is now 10th on the single-season rebounds list with 167.

The Falcons are back on the road this Saturday, Feb. 16, as they visit in-state rival Colorado State in a 2:00 p.m. contest.



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