Falcons Roll Over Colorado Christian, 69-31, In Preseason Exhibition

    Letricia Castillo tallied nine points for the Falcons last night.
    Letricia Castillo tallied nine points for the Falcons last night.

    Nov. 10, 2005

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    Boosted by tough defense and strong rebounding, the Air Force women's basketball downed Colorado Christian, 69-31, in a preseason exhibition Wednesday night in Clune Arena.

    The Falcons dominated from the outset, jumping out to a 14-0 advantage before finally allowing the Cougars to score at the 13:25 mark in the first half. Air Force's advantage ballooned to as many as 16 points before Colorado Christian put together a 12-0 run to shave the deficit to four with just over five minutes remaining in the half. However, the Falcons scored the last seven points of the opening stanza to go into the locker room with a 30-19 cushion.

    After scoring the first point after the break, Colorado Christian would get no closer than 12 points for the remainder of the game, as Air Force held the Cougars to just three second-half field goals. Meanwhile, the Falcons, who had shot under 28 percent from the field before intermission, hit over 40 percent in the final period en route to the 38-point victory.

    Air Force's defense was perhaps the biggest story of the game. In addition to holding the Cougars to under 20 percent from the field, the Falcons collected 15 steals while forcing 29 Colorado Christian turnovers. Air Force also dominated the boards, outrebounding the Cougars 54-38 for the game. Meanwhile, the Falcons were also impressive from the free throw line, where they shot 81.8 percent for the evening, hitting 10-of-10 free throws in the second half.

    Leading the Falcons in the contest were sophomores Lauren Henderson (Nixa, Mo.) and Alecia Steele (Oklahoma City, Okla.), who finished the game with 10 points each. Henderson added a team-high four assists, while Steele also added 10 rebounds, despite seeing just 19 minutes of action. Meanwhile, sophomore Ellen Jaeschke (Cary, Ill.) recorded four of the team's five blocks on the evening.

    For the Cougars, Jeanee Burton and Monica Chase scored seven points each, while Sara Davis added six points and a team-high eight rebounds.

    Air Force wraps up its preseason exhibition schedule next Tuesday, Nov. 15, when it hosts Panhandle State at 7:00 p.m. in Clune Arena.



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