March 5, 2010
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Air Force vs. San Diego State
Saturday, March 6
Tipoff: 2 p.m.
Location: San Diego, Calif.
Arena: Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl
Series: SDSU leads, 20-5
Last Meeting: San Diego State, 68-48, 2/3/10
Internet radio/stats: goaztecs.com
Falcons Wrap Up Regular Season At San Diego State
The Air Force women's basketball team wraps up the 2009-10 regular season at San Diego State this Saturday, March 6. Internet radio and live stats will be available for the game, which tips off at 2 p.m. PST.
Air Force returns six letterwinners and three starters from last years team. Junior guard Raimee Beck is the Falcons' top returning scorer, averaging 12.9 points per game as a sophomore. Junior center Liz Dunsworth and sophomore point guard Anna Gault also started last year. Air Force welcomes nine freshmen to the team, the largest freshman class in school history.
Air Force dropped a 87-60 contest vs. Wyoming on Wednesday. Junior guard Raimee Beck led the Falcons with 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Senior Kathleen Schjodt and freshman Alicia Leipprandt followed with eight point each.
Scouting Air Force
Air Force is 3-25 on the season. Junior guard Raimee Beck leads the team offensively, scoring 13.6 points per game to go with 6.6 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Anna Gault ranks fourth in the confernce, averaging 4.3 assists per game. Air Force is averaging 53.5 points per game and allowing 70.9.
Scouting San Diego State
San Diego State is 17-10 on the season after defeating Colorado State, 73-54, on Wednesday. Senior guard Jené Morris leads the team offensively, scoring 16.2 points per game to go with 2.7 rebounds. The Aztecs are averaging 64.2 points per game and allowing 58.5.
Air Force and San Diego State have met 25 times with the Aztecs having won 20 of the meetings.
- The two teams first met on Jan. 11, 1997, a 70-41 Aztec win in San Diego.
The Air Force women's basketball team dropped a 68-48 game to San Diego State Wednesday night in Clune Arena. The loss dropped the Falcons to 3-18, 0-8 on the season and lifted the Aztecs to 14-6, 6-2.
San Diego State got dominant post play from center Paris Johnson and forward Jessica Bradley. Johnson led the Aztecs with 17 points and eight rebounds. Bradley added 13 points and five rebounds. Guard Coco Davis also dished out 10 assists without scoring a point.
Freshman forward Kelsey Berger led Air Force with a game-high 18 points and a team-leading five rebounds. Junior guard Raimee Beck added nine points. Freshman guard Alicia Leipprant had a game-high three assists for the Falcons.
With the height advantage, SDSU out-rebounded AFA 40-25 and won the blocked shots battle 9-1. The Aztecs also dominated the points in the paint column, out-scoring the Falcons 48-14 inside.
San Diego State led 36-23 at halftime.
Air Force saw the return of sophomore point guard Anna Gault, who missed the previous four games to injury. Gault played 22 minutes and scored four points and dished out two assists.
The game tipped off at 7:15 due to San Diego State's bus breaking down en route to the Academy.
Wyoming Game Recap
The Air Force women's basketball team dropped a 87-60 game to Wyoming Wednesday night in Clune Arena.
Wyoming hit 18 three-point baskets on the night, accounting for 58 percent of its field goals. The Cowgirls shot 60.8 percent from the field and 58.1 percent from three-point range.
Aubrey Vandiver led Wyoming with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Hillary Carlson scored 21 to go with nine rebounds. Emma Langford added 17 points and Jake Kennedy had 11 of the Cowgirls' 27 assists.
Junior guard Raimee Beck led Air Force with 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Senior Kathleen Schjodt and freshman Alicia Leipprandt added eight points each. Freshman Kelsey Berger and sophomore Anna Gault chipped in with seven points each.
Wyoming hit 10 three's in the opening half and raced out to a 45-25 halftime lead.
The Falcons, who were held to 37 points in their earlier matchup with Wyoming, scored 23 more points in the second meeting. Air Force also had a season-low six turnovers.
Freshman guard Megan Muñiz made her Falcon debut. Muñiz scored six points off two three-pointer s and pulled down three rebounds in 12 minutes off the bench.
Beck Becomes 12th Falcon To Score 1,000 Points
With 17 points against UNLV, junior guard Raimee Beck surpassed the 1,000 point mark, becoming the 12 player in school history, and the third in the Division I era to do so. With 1,020 career points, Beck is the first junior to reach the 1,000 point march since Melissa Standley did so in 1989.
Beck's current 11.8 point per game average is on pace to eclipse the all-time Div. I record of 1,237 career points scored by Alecia Steele (2004-08).
Beck Leading The Way For Falcons
Junior guard Raimee Beck is off to a strong start so far in 2009-10. Beck had led Air Force in scoring 17 times and rebounding 19 times. She amongst the MWC top 15 in several categories.
Minutes per game/3rd/36.2 mpg
3 PT FG per game/7th/1.8
Beck Closing In Air Force Three-Point Record
With 170 career three-point baskets, junior guard Raimee Beck is four three-pointers shy of the school record. Megan Theidemann is the the current school record holder with 173 three's.
Gault Amongst MWC Leaders In Assists
Sophomore point guard Anna Gault ranks fourth in the MWC in assists averaging 4.3 per game. Gault is already third all-time (Div. I era) in assists at Air Force.
Gault Surpasses 100 Assist Mark
Sophomore point guard Anna Gault surpassed the 100 assist mark with six assists vs. UNLV, giving her 101 on the season. She becomes the fourth player in Div. I history to do so. Her 201 career assists ranks third in Div. I history.
Earlier this season, Gault dished out a career-high 12 assists against Colorado State on Jan. 9. The 12 assists is the second highest total in Div. I history at Air Force. It was Gault's third double-digit assist game in her AFA career.
One Of Youngest Teams In The Nation
With Nine freshmen, Air Force has one of the youngest teams in the nation. The Falcons are getting significant contributions from the freshmen, ranking top ten nationally in both minutes played and percentage of points scored. (Information provided by Aaron Blau of Iowa Sports Information Office).
Pct. of Total Minutes By Freshmen
1. George Washington - 55.3
2. UAB - 49.0
3. Maryland - 48.3
4. Iowa - 47.5
5. Oral Roberts - 47.0
6. Baylor - 43.0
7. Air Force - 41.0
Pct. of Total Scoring
1. Oral Roberts - 61.0
2. Delaware - 58.9
3. UAB - 53.0
4. Baylor - 51.4
5. Air Force - 48.0
Freshmen Make Immediate Impact
Four Falcon freshmen are already already making immediate impacts for the Falcons. Four of Air Force's top six scorers are freshmen. Rookies Alicia Leipprandt, Kelsey Berger, Katie Hilbig and Dymond James, rank second-through-sixth in scoring for the Falcons.
Kelsey Berger - forward has started every game for the Falcons. Scored a career-high 23 points against Colorado State. Third on team in scoring, averaging 7.6 ppg. Also second with 27 three's.
Dymond James - forward cracked starting lineup and started four consecutive games. Leads team with .440 field goal percentage to go with 9.0 PPG in conference and 55 trips to free throw line.
Alicia Leipprandt - Second in scoring, averaging 7.8 ppg in 15.8 mpg. Third on team in field goal pct (.376) and third in free throw attempts (60) and third with 18 three point baskets.
Katie Hilbig - forward is averaging 4.2 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. Second team with 63 trips to the free throw line.
Senior Kathleen Schjodt and junior Raimee Beck have been named team co-captains for the 2009-10 season. Schjodt is a three-year letterwinner at forward. Beck is a two-year letterwinner and returning starter at guard.
Six Letterwinners and Three Starters Return
Six letterwinners and three starters return for the Falcons.
Juniors Raimee Beck and Liz Dunsworth and sophomore Anna Gault are Air Forces returning starters.
Senior Kathleen Schjodt, junior Candice Chase and sophomore Jamela Satterfield round out the other returners. In addition, sophomore Kira Gonzalez, who did not play in any game as a freshman, also returns.
Falcons Welcome Nine Newcomers
Air Force welcomes nine freshmen in 2009-10, its largest rookie class in school history.
F Kelsey Berger (Mentor, Ohio)
G Bethany Gross (Alexandria, S.D.)
F Katie Hilbig (Castle Rock, Colo.)
F Dymond James (Brambleton, Va.)
G Alicia Leipprandt (Ubly, Mich.)
G Megan Muñiz (Rio Rancho, N.M.)
G Danielle Sorrera (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.)
G Austyn Wilson (Dallas, Texas)
G Desiree Wilson (Morrow, Ga.)
Air Force opens the 2010 Conoco Mountain West Conference Championships as the #9 seed and will play the #4 seed on Tuesday, March 9 at 2 p.m. PST. at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.