USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force women’s basketball capped the 2016-17 season with its team banquet at the USAFA Falcon Club Thursday night. Junior Cortney Porter took home a pair of honors to highlight the evening festivities.
Porter earned the team Defensive MVP and Leader in Assists Awards. The junior from Ogden, Utah, led Air Force with 95 assists and 49 steals. The guard ranked seventh in steals and ninth in assists in the Mountain West. During the 2016-17 season, Porter became Air Force’s all-time leader in both assists (318) and steals (165) in the Div. I era.
Junior Dee Bennett took home the Leading Rebounder Award. The junior from Miami, Fla., averaged 8.2 rebounds per game for the Falcons, ranking fourth in the Mountain West. Her 238 rebounds is the second-best total at the Academy in the Div. I era. Bennett had 12 double-digit rebounding games for the Falcons this past season.
Freshman Mariah Forde took home the Free Throw Award. Forde, who led Air Force and all Mountain West freshmen in scoring at 11.0 points per game, also led the Falcons at the free throw line, sinking 85.1 percent of her attempts. That total is the fifth-best at the Div. I level in school history. Forde was perfect from the line in 11 games and made 17 free throws in a row at one point in the season.
Taking home the Loudermilk-Chavez Award for Leadership was senior Sarah Falvey. Falvey, a native of Plymouth, Mich., played in 17 games as a reserve guard. She averaged 6.2 minutes per game, dishing out seven assists on the season. Falvey is the lone graduating senior from the 2016-17 team and will be attending graduate school at the University of Michigan upon graduating from the Academy this May.
Air Force quadrupled its win total from the 2015-16 season, as head coach Chris Gobrecht continues to build the program after her second year at the helm. All five of Air Force’s starters are slated to return for the 2017-18 season, including two other starters, who missed significant portions of the season to injury.