Air Force Heads to North Dakota for Non-Conference Contest

    Senior Dymond James

    Senior Dymond James

    Dec. 3, 2012

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    The Air Force women's basketball team is back on the road this week, Dec. 4, when it heads to Grand Forks, N.D., to take on North Dakota in a non-conference match-up.

    GAME INFORMATIONbr> Live Stats/Audio:
    Live Video: Big Sky TV
    Radio: None
    Series History: Air Force leads, 2-0
    Last Meeting: Air Force and North Dakota met on Jan. 5, 2012, at the Academy, with the Falcons earning a 65-54 victory.

    The Falcons dropped a pair of contests at the Air Force Classic, falling to Kansas City, 66-58, and San Diego, 74-43.

    Three Falcons scored in double-figures against Kansas City, led by Dymond James with 14 points and nine rebounds. Freshman Missy Byrd registered her first career double-double, tallying 10 points and a game-high 14 points, while Alicia Leipprandt added 10 points.

    Meanwhile, senior Austyn Wilson was the only Falcon to score in double figures against San Diego, notching a career-high 10 points.

    Air Force currently holds an 0-7 overall record on the season following a pair of losses to Kansas City (66-58) and San Diego (74-43) in the Air Force Classic.

    Senior Alicia Leipprandt is the lone Falcon averaging in double figures scoring with 11.3 points per contest. Dymond James is the team's leading rebounder with 7.1 rebounds per game, while junior Cherae Medina leads the Falcons with 3.0 assists per game.

    North Dakota enters Tuesday's game with 1-4 overall record on the season, after earning a 73-63 win at North Dakota State on Friday evening.

    Megan Lauck leads North Dakota with 11.2 points per game, while Madi Buck adds 11.0 points and a team-leading 7.0 rebounds per contest.

    Senior Austyn Wilson turned in her best offensive performances of the season this past weekend, scoring a then-season-high eight points versus Kansas City on Friday. Wilson then followed up with a team-leading 10-point performance against San Diego, reaching double figures in scoring for the first time in her career.

    Freshman Missy Byrd had a breakout performance against Kansas City on Friday, posting her first career double-double in her first career start. Byrd tallied 10 points and a team-leading 14 rebounds, both personal-best marks. She also set a career high with four assists against the Kangaroos.

    Air Force dominated on the boards versus Kansas City, bringing down twice as many rebounds (44) as the Kangaroos (22). In fact, the Falcons' top two rebounders combined for more rebounds than the entire UMKC team, as freshman Missy Byrd grabbed 14 boards, while senior Dymond James added nine rebounds.

    The Falcons did a good job of passing the ball in their game against Kansas City, recording a season-high 17 assists against the `Roos as just four of Air Force's 21 field goals were unassisted. Junior guard Cherae Medina led the Falcons in assists with five, while post players Missy Byrd and Dymond James each registered four assists.

    One of Air Force's biggest weaknesses this past weekend was its inability to take care of the ball. The Falcons committed 24 turnovers against Kansas City on Friday, twice as many as the `Roos. Meanwhile, Air Force had a season-high 29 turnovers against San Diego on Saturday.

    Freshman forward Taylor Parker made her first appearance for the Falcons this weekend. The two-sport athlete recently wrapped up competition with Air Force's volleyball team, where she played in 70 sets and ranked second on the team in total blocks.

    NEXT UP...
    The Falcons return to action this Saturday, Dec. 8, when they visit in-state foe Denver in a 1:00 p.m. contest.



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