Feb. 11, 2014
The Air Force women's basketball team is back home this Wednesday, Feb. 12, when it hosts San José State in a 7:00 p.m. contest.
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Live Video: Mountain West Network
Radio: AM 1300 The Animal
Series History: San José State leads, 4-1
Last Meeting: San José State picked up a 79-70 victory over Air Force in San José on Jan. 15. Senior Camille Thompson registered 22 points and sophomore Missy Byrd tallied her first double-double of the season (12 pts., 10 rebs.) to lead the Falcons, while Ta'Rea Cunningham led the Spartans with a game-high 28 points.
LAST TIME OUT...
The Falcons shot just 15.4 percent from the field, as they dropped an 88-28 road contest to league-leading Colorado State on Saturday. Senior Camille Thompson led Air Force with 14 points, including a 6-of-6 mark at the free throw line, while junior Lindsey Lewis added six points, all from the charity stripe.
SCOUTING THE FALCONS...
Air Force currently holds a 1-20 overall record and 0-11 mark in the Mountain West following its road loss to Colorado State on Wednesday.
The Falcons are led by senior Camille Thompson, who is averaging 11.0 points per game, and junior Jimi Blagowsky, who adds 10.2 points per game. Meanwhile, Air Force's leading rebounder is sophomore Madeleine Philpot with 4.2 boards per contest.
SCOUTING THE SPARTANS...
San José State enter this week's game with a 9-13 overall record on the season and a 3-8 mark in the Mountain West. The Spartans are coming off a 68-66 home victory over Fresno State.,
Four players are averaging in double figures scoring for the Spartans, led by Ta'Rea Cunningham with 19.2 points per game. Rebecca Woodberry adds 14.1 points per contest, Classye James averages 12.0 points per contest and Riana James pitches in 10.8 points per game. Meanwhile, Riana Byrd is the leading rebounder for San José State with a conference-best 9.8 boards per game.
AIR FORCE IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST RANKINGS...
Through games of Feb. 8, Air Force ranks eighth in the Mountain West in three-point field goals made per game (4.7). The Falcons also rank eighth in the league in three-point field goals made per contest (4.8) in conference games only.
Individually, senior Cherae Medina ranks second in the Mountain West in assists per game (4.8) and eighth in assist/turnover ratio (1.5), while junior Jimi Blagowsky ranks ninth in three-point field goals made per game (1.6).
SAN JOSÉ STATE IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST RANKINGS...
Through games of Feb. 8, San José State leads the Mountain West in blocked shots (4.4) and three-point field goals made per game (7.8). Meanwhile, in conference games only, the Spartans rank third in the league in both blocked shots (4.1) and three-point field goals made (7.3).
Individually, Riana Byrd leads the conference in rebounding (9.8) and offensive rebounds (3.8), while ranking second in defensive rebounds (6.0) and tied for fourth in blocked shots (1.4). Rebecca Woodberry leads the league in three-point field goals made per game (3.1), while also ranking third in defensive rebounds (5.3) and fifth in rebounding (7.0). Additionally, Ta'Rea Cunningham ranks second in scoring (19.2), while Jasmine Smith ranks second in offensive rebounds (3.3) and third in rebounding (7.7).
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 second in Air Force's Division I era in career assists with 229, while ranking ninth in career three-point field goal percentage (.299) and 10th in career three-point field goals made (66) and attempted (221). Meanwhile, junior Jimi Blagowsky ranks eighth in career three-point field goal percentage (.303) in the Division I era.
In addition, senior Camille Thompson now ranks tied for ninth on the Falcons' Division I career games played with 110.
MEDINA LOST FOR THE SEASON...
Senior captain Cherae Medina will miss the remainder of the 2013-14 season, due to a knee injury suffered against Colorado State on Saturday. Medina becomes the fourth Air Force player this year to suffer a season-ending injury. Fellow senior captain Michelle Ivey played in just two games this year before a stress fracture ended her career. Meanwhile, sophomore Christina Gamble (hand) and freshman Sydney Graham (foot) have undergone season-ending surgeries.
Air Force struggled offensively against Colorado State on Saturday, shooting just 15.6 percent from the field, and scoring just seven field goals. The seven field goals versus the Rams matched Air Force's mark for fewest made field goals in a single game, set earlier this season at North Carolina.
GETTING IT DONE AT THE CHARITY STRIPE...
Despite shooting poorly from the field versus Colorado State, the Falcons were nearly perfect from the foul line against the Rams. Air Force connected on 13 of its 14 free throw attempts (including 11-of-12 in the second half) to finish with a season-best 92.9 free-throw percentage.
The Falcons are back at home this Saturday, Feb. 15, when they host San Diego State at 1:00 p.m.