Air Force Takes on Top-Seed San Diego State at Mountain West Championship
March 6, 2012
LAST TIME OUT...
SCOUTING THE FALCONS...
Junior Alicia Leipprandt leads the Falcons in scoring for the season, averaging 12.7 points per game, while classmate Dymond James is right behind with 12.3 points and a team-best 6.4 rebounds per contest. In conference play, James leads the Falcons in both scoring and rebounding, averaging 13.1 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.
SCOUTING THE AZTECS...
Courtney Clements leads the Aztecs with a league-best 17.3 points per contest, while Chelsea Hopkins adds 9.9 points and a conference-leading 6.5 assists per game.
HOW WE RATE...
HOW THEY RATE...
LAST TIME AGAINST THE AZTECS...
Junior Dymond James scored 16 points to lead the Falcons, while classmate Katie Hilbig notched her second double-double of the season, finishing with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Also scoring in double figures for Air Force was sophomore Cherae Medina with 10 points.
Courtney Clements led the Aztecs with 16 points, while Chelsea Hopkins added 15 points and 10 assists.
San Diego State cruised to a 33-15 advantage at the intermission, aided by an 18-3 run in the middle of the opening period. The Aztecs dominated on the boards in the first half, outrebounding the Falcons 25-9, as three Air Force players were saddled with three fouls each. The Falcons also struggled to convert at the foul line, missing 7-of-10 free throws before the break.
Air Force started the second half on a hot streak, going on a 9-2 run to start the period. The Falcons eventually cut the margin to nine point following a three-point play by Medina with just over 10 minutes remaining, but the Aztecs responded with the next two scores to push their lead back to 13 points and retained control the rest of the way.
The Falcons shot almost 43 percent from the field in the second half, while the Aztecs knocked down just 25.9 percent of their shots after the break. Air Force had a slight edge on the glass in the final stanza, grabbing 20 rebounds compared to 16 for San Diego State.
AIR FORCE AT THE MOUNTAIN WEST CHAMPIONSHIPS...
Meanwhile, Wednesday's contest will mark the first-ever meeting between San Diego State and Air Force in the Mountain West Championship.
JAMES NAMED TO MOUNTAIN WEST ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM...
Despite missing part of the season due to injury, James concluded the regular season averaging a career-best 12.3 points and a team-leading 6.4 rebounds per contest, while also ranking among the league's leaders in free-throw percentage (.805).
James, who is the first Falcon to receive all-conference recognition since 2010, is just the ninth Air Force player to be named an All-Mountain West selection.
MOUNTAIN WEST CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK...
Hilbig registered her third double-double of the season to lead the Falcons to a 52-47 victory over New Mexico in the regular season finale. She finished the game with 12 points and a career-high 14 rebounds as Air Force won its first conference game of the season, ending a 14-game losing streak. It was also the first time Air Force had beaten the Lobos since January 1992. Hilbig, who grabbed eight of her 14 rebounds on the offensive glass, also registered three steals and two assists in a career-high 35 minutes of action.
In addition to earning conference honors, Hilbig was also named the Air Force Athlete of the Week for the first time in her career.
ENDING THE STREAK...
ANOTHER DOUBLE-DOUBLE FOR KATIE...
CHERAE'S CAREER DAY...
ANOTHER NEW LINEUP...
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