Air Force Looks for Season Sweep at San Diego State
Feb. 18, 2011
The Air Force women’s basketball team hits the road to face San Diego State on Saturday, Feb. 19. The game is slated to begin at 2:00 p.m. (PT) in Viejas Arena.
Last Time Out...
A three-pointer from sophomore Megan Muniz with 23.5 seconds left on the clock gave the Falcons the lead for good as the Air Force women’s basketball team won its third conference game of the season with a 91-87 win over UNLV Wednesday night in Clune Arena.
Senior Raimee Beck scored a season-high 25 points with five three-pointers and a perfect 10-of-10 mark from the free throw line, while sophomore Dymond James added a career-best 18 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Also scoring in double figures for the Falcons was Katie Hilbig, who tallied 13 points and a career-high seven assists.
Scouting the Falcons...
Air Force enters this weekend’s game with an 8-16 overall record and 3-8 ledger in the Mountain West Conference after defeating UNLV at home on Wednesday evening.
Senior Raimee Beck is the Falcons’ leading scorer with 12.0 points per game, while sophomore Dymond James adds 11.0 points per game and a team-best 7.2 rebounds per contest. James is also averaging a team-leading 12.5 points in MWC action.
Scouting the Aztecs...
San Diego State currently holds an 11-13 overall record and 5-7 ledger in the MWC. The Aztecs, who are on a three-game winning streak, defeated New Mexico, 50-44, in Albuquerque on Tuesday night.
Paris Johnson leads the Aztecs with 14.6 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, while Courtney Clements adds 12.4 per contest. Jessika Bradley is San Diego State’s leading rebounder with 7.9 boards per game.
How We Rate...
In the latest conference statistics, Air Force ranks second in the MWC in three-point field goal percentage (.354).
Meanwhile, several Falcons rank among the conference’s top-10 individual leaders:
Dymond James 10 7.2
Megan Muniz 9 3.8
Raimee Beck 5 .825
Jamela Satterfield 9 1.7
3PT FG Made
Raimee Beck 8 1.9
Megan Muniz 5 1.7
Dymond James 5 5.3
How They Rate...
In the latest conference statistics, San Diego State leads the league in blocked shots (6.5), ranks second in three-point field goal percentage defense (.282) and offensive rebounding percentage (.361) and is third in field goal percentage (.418) and defensive rebounds (26.1).
Meanwhile, several Aztecs rank among the conference’s top-10 individual leaders in various categories:
Paris Johnson 6 14.6
Courtney Clements 10 12.4
Jessika Bradley 3 7.9
Paris Johnson 4 7.8
Paris Johnson 3 .538
Jessika Bradley 7 .477
Coco Davis 1 6.2
3PT FG Made
Courtney Clements 10 1.5
Jessika Bradley 1 2.6
Paris Johnson 3 2.2
Coco Davis 10 1.3
Jessika Bradley 5 2.7
Paris Johnson 3 5.8
Jessika Bradley 8 5.2
LAst Time Against the Aztecs...
Air Force snapped a 40-game conference losing streak with a 61-58 victory over San Diego State on Jan. 19.
The contest was a back-and-forth affair throughout, featuring 14 ties and 17 lead changes. Each team led by as many as five points in the first half, but at the intermission, the score was deadlocked, 36-36.
In the second half, neither team led by more than three points, with Air Force coming out on top in the end.
Senior Raimee Beck, who finished the game with 14 points, became Air Force’s all-time leading scorer at the Division I level. Sophomore Alicia Leipprandt added 13 points, including four in the last two minutes, while Dymond James added 12 points and seven rebounds.
Looking for the sweep...
With a win over San Diego State this week, Air Force could get its first season sweep over a conference team since the 2007-08 season, when the Falcons defeated Colorado State in both regular season contests. It would also mark the first season sweep for Air Force over San Diego State since the 2005-06 season.
Snapping the road Streak?...
After breaking its 40-game conference losing streak against San Diego State last month, Air Force will look to end another losing streak against the Aztecs. The Falcons have dropped 40 straight road contests; their last win on the road was against Colorado State on Jan. 23, 2008.
Raimee’s Big Night...
Senior Raimee Beck stepped up in the Falcons’ win over UNLV on Wednesday, scoring a season-high 25 points in the contest. In addition to knocking down a season-high five three-pointers, Beck finished 10-for-10 from the free throw line, matching a school record for single-game free-throw percentage. Her 10 made free throws were a career high, while she also matched a career-high with six assists without committing a single turnover.
Dymond’s Scoring Spurt...
Sophomore Dymond James, who is averaging a team-best 12.5 points in conference play this season, notched a career-best 18 points in the win over UNLV on Wednesday. In addition to matching her season-high six made field goals, James also knocked down six free throws, tying her career mark.
Katie Lends a Hand...
Sophomore Katie Hilbig had a great all-around night to help lead Air Force to their win over UNLV, finishing with 13 points and a season-high six rebounds. In addition, Hilbig dished out a career-best seven assists, nearly doubling her previous career-high mark of four assists.
Against UNLV on Wednesday night, the Falcons set a single-game record for most assists during the Division I era with 25. The previous record of 24 assists was set during the 2002-03 season in games versus Wyoming and New Mexico.
In addition, senior Raimee Beck matched the school record for free throw percentage in a game (minimum 10 attempts) with a perfect 10-of-10 performance from the foul line.
Air Force’s 91 points against UNLV were the second-most for the Falcons in a single game during the program’s Division I era. The record of 97 points was set during the 2005-06 season in a road win over Utah Valley State.
The Falcons shot a season-best 53.8 percent from the field against the Lady Rebels, just edging out their performance against UT Martin on Nov. 23, when they shot 53.7 percent and scored 87 points.
Air Force’s 91 points against UNLV were also the most scored by the Falcons in a Mountain West Conference game. The previous high was 79 points, a mark which was reached three times (once in 2001-02 and twice during the 2005-06 season).
A Leading Rebounder...
After grabbing eight rebounds against UNLV on Wednesday, sophomore Dymond James now has 172 boards on the season. That total ranks as the eighth-best single-season mark in the Academy’s Division I history.
Winning At Home...
Air Force now has eight wins at home this season, the most for the Falcons during their Division I era. The previous high was seven home victories, set in the 2005-06 and 2007-08 seasons.
With eight wins on the year, Air Force has surpassed its win total from the past two seasons combined, after winning four games in 2008-09 and three games in 2009-10.
Only twice since moving to Division I in the 1996-97 season has Air Force won more than eight games—the Falcons finished with a 13-15 overall record in 2005-06 and were 10-19 in 2007-08.
Another Conference Win...
With three conference victories so far this season, Air Force is just one win away from matching the program record for most conference wins. The Falcons have twice reached four Mountain West Conference victories—during the 2005-06 season and the 2007-08 season.
The Falcons return home on Wednesday, Feb. 23, when they host Wyoming in a 7:00 p.m. contest in Clune Arena.