Air Force Hosts Lipscomb to Open 2010-11 Season
Nov. 10, 2010
The Air Force women’s basketball team officially begins the 2010-11 season this Friday, Nov. 12, as it hosts Lipscomb in a non-conference match-up. The contest is slated to begin at 1:00 p.m. in Clune Arena.
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Last Meeting: This is the first meeting between Air Force and Lipscomb.
Air Force: Andrea Williams (0-0/First Season; 12-35/Third Season overall)
Lipscomb: Frank Bennett (568-394/31st Season)
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Last Time Out...
Air Force hosted Metro State in an exhibition game last week, holding off the Roadrunners for a 58-53 victory. It marked the Falcons’ first exhibition victory over Metro State in the last three tries (dating back to 2004).
Scouting the Falcons...
Air Force returns two starters and 10 letterwinners from last year’s team which finished the season with a 3-27 overall record. Meanwhile, the Falcons also welcome 13 newcomers to the roster.
The Falcons’ top returner this season is senior captain Raimee Beck, who led the team in both scoring and rebounding in 2009-10.
Scouting the Lady Bisons...
Lipscomb returns four starters from last year’s team which compiled a 5-25 overall record and 3-17 mark in the Atlantic Sun Conference. The Lady Bisons’ leading returner is senior guard Jenna Bartsokas, who paced the team with 12.8 points per game in 2009-10.
The Lady Bisons had their first action of the season last weekend, as they hosted Harding University in an exhibition. Led by 21 points from Bartsokas, Lipscomb posted a 72-67 victory in overtime.
While Air Force and Lipscomb have never met in women’s basketball action, there will be a great deal of familiarity on the opposing sidelines. Three of the Falcons’ coaches, including head coach Andrea Williams, have coached against Frank Bennett and his Lipscomb teams during their respective stints in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
Williams coached in the A-Sun during her time as an assistant coach at Jacksonville University from 2004-08. Assistant coach Courtney Robinson spent a year in the Atlantic Sun (2007-08) as an assistant at Stetson, while recruiting coordinator Yolisha Jackson was a member of the A-Sun as both a player (Jacksonville, 2000-05) and as an assistant coach (Kennesaw State, 2005-10).
Air Force senior Raimee Beck currently has her name scattered throughout the Falcons’ record books and has the opportunity to move up in several categories. Ranked 11th in Air Force history (and third in the Falcons’ Division I era) in career scoring with 1,044 points, Beck needs just 13 more points to move into the top 10. She is also just 29 points from ninth place on the all-time list and second on the Division I list.
On A Streak...
Senior Raimee Beck has scored in double-figures in seven consecutive games, a streak which ranks first in the Mountain West Conference. The streak began with the BYU game on Feb. 13 last season and continued through the Falcons’ MWC Tournament match-up with Utah to conclude the year.
With just two upperclassmen on the roster, the Air Force women’s basketball team is certainly one of the youngest in the country. Raimee Beck is the lone senior, while Jamela Satterfield is the only junior on the squad. Meanwhile, the Falcons list eight sophomores and 13 freshmen on their full roster.
The Falcons have a quick turnaround before their next game, as they travel to Greeley, Colo., Nov. 14, to face Northern Colorado. The game is slated to begin at 3:00 p.m. at the Butler-Hancock Athletic Pavilion.