Falcons Host Annual Air Force Classic Dec. 2-3

    Sophomore Camille Thompson

    Sophomore Camille Thompson

    Nov. 30, 2011

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    The Air Force women's basketball team hosts its annual Air Force Classic this weekend, Dec. 2-3 in Clune Arena. The Falcons will play Jackson State at 5:00 p.m. on Friday to open the tournament, followed by the Idaho State-USF contest at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, Jackson State and Idaho State will meet at 2:00 p.m., followed by the Air Force-USF contest at 4:30 p.m.

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    Series History vs. Jackson State: First meeting
    Series History vs. USF: First meeting
    • Toys for Tots (Friday and Saturday) - $2 admission with donation of new toy
    • Giveaways - First 200 fans at Friday's game will receive Air Force stadium scarf; First 200 cadets at Saturday's game will receive an Air Force snap-back hat
    • Post-game autograph session on Saturday

    With a second-half rally falling short, Air Force dropped a 71-59 contest to service academy rival Navy Monday evening in Annapolis, Md.

    After trailing by as many as 20 points in the first half, the Falcons came within two points after the break, led by junior Alicia Leipprandt, who finished with 26 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Classmate Dymond James also scored in double figures for the Falcons, finishing with 13 points.

    Air Force carries a 3-4 overall record into this weekend's tournament.

    Junior Alicia Leipprandt is the Falcons' leading scorer, averaging 17.0 points per game, while classmate Dymond James is also averaging in double figures scoring with 11.9 points per contest. James is also the team's leading rebounder with 6.9 boards per game.

    Jackson State enters Friday's game with an 0-2 record, dropping contests to Southeastern Louisiana (76-49) and Touglaoo (67-62) to begin the season.

    The Lady Tigers are led by Dominique Brothern, who is averaging 9.5 points per game, while Tiffany Kellum leads the team with 8.5 rebounds per contest.

    USF enters this weekend's tournament with a 5-3 overall record, following a 77-62 home victory over Stetson on Monday.

    The Bulls are led by Kaneisha Saunders, who is averaging 13.5 points per game, while Jasmine Wynne adds 13.1 points and a team-best 5.8 rebounds per contest. Also averaging in double figures scoring for USF is Andrell Smith with 10.9 ppg.

    Junior Alicia Leipprandt scored a game-high 26 points against Navy on Monday, registering her third 20+ point performance of the season. Her first 20-point game came against Texas Southern, when she finished with exactly 20 points, while she registered a career-best 30 points versus Texas State.

    Leipprandt, who is averaging a team-best 17.0 ppg this season, has now scored at least 20 points five times in her career, more than any other current Falcon.

    While Air Force tied a season low with just seven steals against Navy, the Falcons are still tied for first in the Mountain West in steals per game, averaging 10.0 grabs per contest. Leading the way is junior Katie Hilbig, who is tied for first in the league individually with 2.3 steals per game, while classmate Alicia Leipprandt is tied for third in the Mountain West with 2.0 steals per game.

    Air Force committed just 14 turnovers in its game against Navy on Monday, marking its lowest turnover total of the season. In addition, the Falcons rank second in the Mountain West in assist/turnover ratio with a mark of +0.6.

    NEXT UP...
    The Falcons are back on the road on Wednesday, Dec. 7, as they head to Minneapolis, Minn., for a contest against Big Ten opponent Minnesota at 7:00 p.m. (CT).

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