March 9, 2014
The Air Force women's basketball team heads to Las Vegas, Nev., for the 2014 Reese's Mountain West Championship this week, March 10-15. The Falcons, seeded 11th in the tournament, will face sixth-seed San Diego State in an opening round game on Monday. The game is slated for a 7:00 p.m. (PT) tip.
Live Stats: themw.com
Live Video: Mountain West Network
Radio: The Animal AM 1300
Series History: San Diego State leads, 29-6
This Season: San Diego State swept its two games against Air Force this season, earning a 72-39 victory over the Falcons in San Diego on Jan. 11, while coming from behind to take a 77-66 win at the Academy on Feb. 15.
LAST TIME OUT...
The Falcons concluded the regular season with a 75-44 road loss to Boise State on Friday night. Junior Lindsey Lewis matched a career high with 15 points, including 7-of-8 from the foul line, to lead Air Force.
SCOUTING THE FALCONS...
Air Force, seeded 11th in this week's tournament, concluded the regular season with a 1-27 overall record and 0-18 ledger in the Mountain West.
The Falcons are led by junior Jimi Blagowsky, who is averaging 11.1 points per game, while senior Camille Thompson adds 10.6 points per contest. Meanwhile, Air Force's leading rebounder is sophomore Madeleine Philpot with 4.3 boards per contest.
SCOUTING THE AZTECS...
San Diego State, seeded sixth this week, closed out the regular season with a 12-16 overall record and 9-9 mark in conference action. The Aztecs are coming off a 62-46 loss at New Mexico.
The Aztecs have four players averaging at least nine points per game, led by Cierra Warren with 15.5 points per game. Danesha Long and Ariell Bostick add 10.7 and 9.4 points per contest, respectively, while Khristina Hunter averages 9.2 points and a team-leading 7.0 rebounds per game.
AIR FORCE IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST RANKINGS...
Through games of March 7, Air Force ranks eighth in the Mountain West in three-point field goal percentage defense (.333). The Falcons also rank seventh in the league in free throw percentage (.677) in conference games only. Individually, junior Jimi Blagowsky ranks 11th in the Mountain West in three-point field goals made per game (1.5).
SAN DIEGO STATE IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST RANKINGS...
Through games of March 7, San Diego State leads the Mountain West in rebounding defense (33.0), rebounding margin (+7.8) and offensive rebounding percentage (.425). The Aztecs also lead the league in rebounding defense (32.1), rebounding margin (+10.9) and offensive rebounding percentage (.451) in conference games only.
Individually, Cierra Warren leads the conference in field goal percentage (.551), while ranking fourth in scoring (15.5), sixth in blocked shots (1.2) and seventh in offensive rebounds (2.7). Khristina Hunter is currently tied for fifth in rebounding (7.0) and ranks sixth in offensive rebounds (2.9), seventh in field goal percentage (.468) and 10th in defensive rebounds (4.1). Meanwhile, Danesha Long ranks eighth in the league in free throw percentage (.780) and offensive rebounds (2.5).
LINDSEY AT THE LINE...
Junior Lindsey Lewis matched a career high with 15 points against Boise State on Friday evening, thanks in part to her performance at the foul line. Lewis set new career highs in both free throws made and attempted, connecting on 7-of-8 shots from the charity stripe.
CAMILLE, AN ASSIST LEADER...
After dishing out a team-leading five assists against New Mexico on March 4, senior Camille Thompson became one of the top-10 assist leaders in the Falcons' Division I era. Thompson, who now has 175 assists for her career, currently ranks tied for ninth on Air Force's Division I career assist list.
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 eighth in career three-point field goal percentage (.299) and 10th in career three-point field goals made (66). Meanwhile, classmate Camille Thompson now ranks fourth in the Falcons' record book for career games played with 117, while ranking tied for ninth in career assists (175) at the Division I level and 10th in three-point field goal attempts (225).
In addition, junior Jimi Blagowsky ranks 10th in career three-point field goal percentage (.294) in the Division I era.
SHOOTING WELL THIS SEASON...
The Falcons have two players who currently rank among the top 10 in single-season field goal percentage (Division I era) at the Academy. Sophomore Missy Byrd ranks second on the list with a season field goal percentage of .485, while junior Lindsey Lewis ranks seventh at .450.
JIMI IN THE TOP 10...
With 42 made three-pointers this season, junior Jimi Blagowsky currently ranks eighth on the Falcons' single-season list (Division I era) for three-point field goals made and is ranked sixth in three-point field goal attempts with 145. She also ranks ninth on Air Force's all-time single-season list for three-pointers made and seventh in three-point field goals attempted.
Blagowsky has also entered the Falcons' Division I record book for field goals made (122) and attempted (354) in a single season, ranking 10th and fifth, respectively.
The winner of Monday night's contest between Air Force and San Diego State will move on to the quarterfinals of the 2014 Reese's Mountain West Women's Basketball Championship, facing third-seed Nevada at 8:30 p.m. (PT) on Tuesday.