Nov. 3, 2012
The Air Force women’s basketball team gets its final tune-up of the preseason on Monday, Nov. 4, as it hosts Chadron State in an exhibition contest. The game is slated to begin at 7:00 p.m. in Clune Arena.
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Last Meeting: Air Force earned a 74-52 regular-season home victory over Chadron State in 2008.
SCOUTING THE FALCONS...
Air Force returns 11 letterwinners, including five players who started at least 10 games, from last year’s team which finished the season with a 6-24 overall record. Meanwhile, the Falcons also welcome 10 newcomers to the roster. The Falcons’ top returners this season are seniors Alicia Leipprandt and Dymond James, who led the team in scoring and rebounding, respectively, in 2011-12. Other returning starters for Air Force include senior co-captain Katie Hilbig, who started 14 of 18 contests played, and juniors Camille Thompson and Cherae Medina, with 20 and 12 starts, respectively.
Scoring Alicia Leipprandt 355/12.7 ppg
Rebounds Dymond James 151/6.3 rpg
Assists Alicia Leipprandt 46
FG% Dymond James .373 (41-110)
3PFG% Jimi Blagowsky .421 (8-19)
FT% Dymond James .791 (106-134)
SCOUTING THE EAGLES...
Chadron State returns five letterwinners from last year’s team which compiled an 8-18 overall record and 8-14 mark in the RMAC. Senior Sadie Waugh is the Eagles’ leading returning scorer from last season with 7.7 points per game in 2011-12.
The Eagles played their first exhibition game of the season on Thursday, dropping an 89-51 contest to BYU. Sophomore guard Dallas Shaw led all players with 17 points against the Cougars, while Jazmin Lopez grabbed a team-best nine rebounds.
FALCONS PICKED NINTH...
In the preseason conference poll released Oct. 22, Air Force was chosen by the coaches and select media to finish ninth in the Mountain West standings this year. Defending regular-season and tournament champion San Diego State was tabbed as the preseason favorite, receiving 22 first-place votes. Newcomer Fresno State collected the remaining two first-place votes and was picked to finish second, while UNLV edged out Wyoming for third place.
San Diego State’s Courtney Clements and Deajanae Scurry were named the preseason Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year, respectively, while Wyoming transfer Aubry Boehme earned Preseason Newcomer of the Year honors.
The 2012-13 season marks year three in the Andrea Williams’ era for the Air Force women’s basketball team, which is prepared for its strongest season yet. While the program has made great stride in the first two years of Williams’ tenure, there is still room for improvement and goals to accomplish. Fortunately, this year’s squad has a strong group of veteran leaders, after being characterized by its youth for the past few seasons. This season, Air Force returns five players who started at least 10 games a year ago.
Among the top returners for the Falcons are seniors Dymond James and Alicia Leipprandt. James, an honorable mention All-Mountain West selection in 2012, was Air Force’s MVP last season, averaging 12.4 points and a team-best 6.3 rebounds per game. Meanwhile, Leipprandt returns as the Falcons’ leading scorer from a year ago, after averaging 12.7 points per contest.
Joining the wealth of experience in the junior and senior classes are a solid group of freshmen and sophomore who will help give the Falcons the added depth necessary for the team to accomplish its main goals, including a 10+ win season, a feat which has been achieved just twice in the program’s Division I history.
The Falcons officially open the season this Friday, Nov. 9, when they travel to Greeley, Colo. for a non-conference match-up versus Northern Colorado. The game is slated to begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion.