Women's Hoops Falls to Baylor, 78-53
Despite losing to Baylor 78-53, the Air Force women's basketball team showed they can compete against solid teams. As a team rebuilding, the Falcons' gritty style of play kept the team in the game for most of the first half against an undefeated Baylor team.
The Falcons, playing their third game in as many days, played tough from the outset. They shot 48 percent from the field in the first half, and held a 20-18 led midway through the half. The team could not maintain its momentum however, running out of energy as the half wound down. They trailed by just four at the 2:07 mark, but headed into the locker room trailing by 11 points. The team struggled in the second half, connecting on just eight of 26 field goal attempts.
Rebounding and turnovers were the difference in the game. Air Force finished the game with 22 turnovers to Baylor's 13, and was outrebounded 46-29. The Bears had 19 offensive boards, and they shot 46 percent from the field (32-70) in the game.
Rozalyn Russ was one rebound shy of a double-double, scoring 16 points and grabbing nine boards. Morgan Bennett added 11 points for the Falcons.
Daniella Crockrom had 22 points to lead the Bears in scoring, and Sheila Lambert added 19 points. Local player Jessika Stratton returned to Colorado Springs for an uneventful game, scoring no points in 14 minutes.
The Falcons next games are on the road against Lafayette and Army. The team takes on Lafayette on Dec. 8 at 5:30 p.m. MST, followed by Army on Dec. 10 at 11 p.m. MST.