Air Force Visits Wichita State for Non-Conference Match-Up
Sophomore Missy Byrd

Nov. 29, 2013

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The Air Force women's basketball team is back on the road this Sunday, Dec. 1, when it visits Wichita State in a non-conference match-up. The game is slated to begin at 1:05 p.m. (CT) at Charles Koch Arena.

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Series History: Wichita State leads, 1-0
Last Meeting: The only previous meeting between Air Force and Wichita State came on Jan. 4, 1980, when the Shockers earned an 86-72 victory in Wichita.

Air Force faltered in the second half, as it dropped an 81-69 road contest to Weber State on Tuesday evening at the Dee Events Center.

Junior Jimi Blagowsky led the Falcons with 15 points, while senior Cherae Medina and sophomore Missy Byrd each added 13 points. Blagowsky and Medina also dished out six assists each, while sophomore Madeleine Philpot was the leading rebounder with seven boards.

Air Force comes into this weekend's game with an 0-4 overall record on the season, following its loss at Weber State on Tuesday.

The Falcons currently have two players averaging in double figures scoring, with junior Jimi Blagowsky averaging a team-leading13.0 points per game, while senior Cherae Medina adds 10.0 points per contest and a team-leading 4.0 assists per game. Air Force's leading rebounder is sophomore Madeleine Philpot with 5.8 boards per contest.

Wichita State enters Sunday's game with a 3-2 record on the season, including a 2-1 mark at home. The Shockers are coming off a 67-46 home victory over Southeast Missouri State on Nov. 23.

The Shockers have two players who are averaging in double figures scoring, led by Alex Harden with 16.6 points and a team-high 6.0 assists per contest. Meanwhile, Michelle Price adds 14.8 points per game and a team-leading 5.8 rebounds per game.

Air Force had its best offensive performance of the season against Weber State on Tuesday, scoring a season-high 69 points. The Falcons also posted season-high numbers in field goals made (27), field goal percentage (.443), three-point field goals made (7) and three-point field goal percentage (.412).

The Weber State game marked the first time this season that Air Force has shot over 40 percent from the game. The Falcons' previous high was 38.3 percent versus Denver.

Air Force tallied a season-high 23 assists against Weber State on Tuesday, just two shy of the Falcons' Division I record of 25, which was set versus UNLV in 2011. Just four of the Falcons' season-high 27 field goals were unassisted.

Leading the way for the Falcons were senior Cherae Medina and junior Jimi Blagowsky, who each registered six assists, with Blagowsky setting a new career high.

Through games of Nov. 26, Air Force ranks second in the Mountain West in three-point field goal percentage defense (.239).

Individually, senior Camille Thompson is tied for third in the league in free throw percentage, shooting 88.9 percent from the line this season. Junior Jimi Blagowsky ranks tied for fifth in three-point field goals made per game (2.0) and tied for 10th in three-point field goal percentage (.400), while freshman Kelly Lujan ranks seventh in three-point field goal percentage (.417). In addition, senior Cherae Medina is tied for sixth in the Mountain West in assists per game with 4.0.

The Falcons are back at home next week, Dec. 6-7, when they host the annual Air Force Classic. On Friday, the Falcons will face North Dakota State, while playing SIUE in the final game of the weekend. Meanwhile, Mountain West foe Wyoming will also take part in the tournament.



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