Air Force Will Face Colorado State To Open 2007 MWC Championships

    Senior Letricia Castillo
    Senior Letricia Castillo

    March 5, 2007

    The Air Force women's basketball team heads to the Mountain West Conference Championships this week, March 6-10, in Las Vegas, Nev. The Falcons, seeded ninth in the tournament, open action against eight-seed Colorado State on Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. (PT). All tournament games are being held at the Thomas & Mack Center.

    Broadcast Info...
    Television: Air Force's game versus Colorado State will be televised live on the mtn.
    Radio: A radio broadcast of each of Air Force's games in the Mountain West Conference Tournament will be available locally on The Sports Animal 1300 AM. Jim Arthur will handle play-by-play duties for all Air Force MWC Tournament broadcasts.

    Coaches...
    • Air Force is coached by Ardie McInelly (Boise State, 1982), in her sixth season at the helm of the Falcons' program. She has compiled an overall record of 39-128 while at the Academy and holds a career record of 116-190 (11th year).
    • Colorado State is coached by Jen Warden (Colorado, 1993), in her second year with the Rams. Warden has compiled a mark of 17-40 at CSU and a career ledger of 46-99 (fifth season).

    Series Records...
    This week, Air Force and Colorado State meet for the 37th time in the series, with the Rams holding a 29-7 advantage against the Falcons. Colorado State won both games against Air Force this season. CSU also won the only previous meeting between the two teams in the MWC Championships, a 79-68 victory in 2002.

    Scouting the Falcons...
    Air Force wrapped up the regular season with a 5-22 overall record and 1-15 mark in the MWC after dropping a road contest to Wyoming.

    Junior Alecia Steele leads the Falcons with 11.9 points and 7.9 rebounds per contest. Pamela Findlay ranks second on the team in both scoring (8.6 ppg) and rebounding (4.9 rpg), while she has a team-high 61 assists and 30 steals.

    Scouting the Rams...
    Colorado State concluded the regular season with a 8-20 overall record and 3-13 mark in the Mountain West Conference, after dropping its last two games, at Wyoming and home versus UNLV.

    Sara Hunter is the leading scorer for the Rams with 12.4 points per game, while she has also dished out a team-best 66 assists. Marilyn Moulton, who is averaging 8.0 points per game, paces CSU with 8.2 rebounds per contest.

    How We Rate...
    In the final conference statistics released March 4, Air Force ranks second in the MWC in offensive rebounds (14.11 pg).

    Meanwhile, junior Alecia Steele ranks among the conference's top-10 individual leaders in four different categories: field goal percentage, rebounds, offensive rebounds and defensive rebounds.

    How They Rate...
    In the final conference statistics released March 4, Colorado State ranks fourth in free throw percentage (.695).

    All-MWC Honors...
    Junior Alecia Steele was named a third-team All-Mountain West Conference selection, as announced March 5 by the conference office. Steele, an honorable mention selection as a freshman, is a third-team selection for the second year.

    Leading the way on the all-conference first team are co-players of the year Dani Wright (BYU) and Adrianne Ross (TCU), along with Morgan Warburton (Utah), Katie Montgomery (New Mexico) and Hanna Zavecz (Wyoming). The second team includes Mallary Gillespie (BYU), Dionne Marsh (New Mexico), Sequoia Holmes (UNLV), Ashley Davis (TCU), Julie Briody (New Mexico) and Justyna Podziemska (Wyoming). Joining Steele on the third team are Sara Hunter (Colorado State), Kalee Whipple (Utah), Shamela Hampton (UNLV) and Quenese Davis (San Diego State).

    An Offensive Struggle...
    Air Force's 35 points at Wyoming last week marked the fewest the Falcons have scored since finishing with 33 points at Wyoming last season. Air Force also shot a season-low 28 percent from the field against the Cowgirls.

    Honoring Josh...
    The Falcons began wearing a new patch on their uniforms beginning with their road game against Wyoming. The team now sports a black patch with the initials "JC", in honor of Josh Cantrell, the three-year-old son of former assistant coach Travis Cantrell. Josh passed away early last week after battling a malignant brain tumor.

    In the Top 10, Again...
    Senior Letricia Castillo currently sits tied for 10th place on the Air Force career assist list with 200. Castillo now is ranked among the Falcons' top-10 all-time leaders in six different categories--scoring, field goal attempts, three-point field goals made, three-point field goal attempts, three-point field goal percentage and assists.

    More Records for Steele...
    With her 213 rebounds so far this season, junior Alecia Steele set a new Division I single-season rebound record. The previous record was 184 rebounds, set by Steele in her freshman campaign. She also ranks 10th on the Academy's overall single-season rebound list.

    Next Up...
    The winner of the Air Force-Colorado State contest will meet top-seed BYU in a quarterfinal game at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

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