Falcons Travel To Denver For Televised Game

    Falcons travel up I-25 to take on Denver.
    Falcons travel up I-25 to take on Denver.

    Dec. 9, 2008

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    Air Force vs. Denver
    Wednesday, Dec. 10, 6 p.m. MTN
    Denver, Colo. (Magness Arena/7,200)

    Series: DU leads, 28-22
    Live Stats: www.goairforcefalcons.com
    Radio: 1300 AM in Colorado Springs
    Internet Radio: www.goairforcefalcons.com
    Radio Talent: Jay Ritchie

    TV: Fox Sports Rocky Mountain (FSN-RM)
    TV Talent: Tom Helmer (play-by-play), Greg Lackey (analyst) and Marc Stout (sideline).

    Falcons Travel To Denver For Televised Game
    The Air Force women's basketball team travels up I-25 to take on Denver this Wednesday, Dec. 10. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Rocky Mountain. In addition, the game can be listened to locally on 1300 AM and worldwide online at goairforcefalcons.com.

    Scouting Air Force
    Air Force is 3-5 on the season after splitting a pair of game at the Air Force Classic last weekend. The Falcons defeated North Carolina Central, 68-47 and then lost in the championship game to Miami (Ohio) 66-56. Sophomore guard Raimee Beck leads the team offensively, scoring 16.3 points per game to go with 7.1 rebounds per game. Senior Kim Kreke is the top rebounder in the conference averaging 11.0 boards per game.

    Air Force In 2007-08
    Air Force went 10-19 in 2007-09. The Falcons were 4-12 in Mountain West Conference play, finishing in seventh place. The four conference wins and seventh place finish were all-time bests in MWC play for Air Force. Senior forward Alecia Steele led Air Force in scoring and rebounding, averaging 12 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Steele was also named team MVP. Steele and senior guard Pamela Findlay earned all-MWC honors.

    Scouting Denver
    Denver is 2-4 on the season after losing at Columbia 67-56. The Pioneers are averaging 61.0 points per game and allowing 64.8 ppg. Denver is led by junior forward Ashly Robinson, who leads the team with 10.5 points per game and 5.2 rebounds per game.

    Series History
    - Air Force trails the all-time series vs. Denver 22-28.
    - This is the 51st regular-season meeting between the two schools.
    - Denver has been Air Force's opponent the most times of any Falcon opponent.
    - The two teams first played in 1977, a 50-60, Air Force loss at Denver.
    - Air Force snapped a seven-game losing streak with its 65-56 win over DU last year.

    Last Meeting
    A late rally propelled Air Force to a 65-56 win over Denver University in women's basketball action Friday night, Nov. 11, 2007 at Clune Arena. Trailing by two, the Falcons closed out the final six minutes of the game with a 24-13 run to earn its first win of the season.
    The win snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Pioneers dating back to 1996.
    In a tight, see-saw battle that saw seven ties and six lead-changes, Air Force finally took control late in the game with the inspired play of freshman Raimee Beck and senior Jamie Davis.
    Trailing by two, Davis scored Air Force's next eight points to put the Falcons ahead 49-47 with a little under six minutes to go. After DU tied the game up, Pamela Findlay hit a jumper to put Air Force back ahead. Beck then connected on back-to-back three's to give the Falcons a commanding 57-49 lead with just under three minutes to go.
    Beck led the Falcons with with a career-high 21 points, shooting 6-of-9 from the field and 5-of-7 from long distance. The freshman point guard played the entire 40 minutes and committed just one turnover to go with three assists.
    Senior Alecia Steele, who had to leave the game midway through the second period with an injury, finished second of the Falcons with 16 points. Steele led the team with 13 rebounds, recording her second double-double of the season and 17th of her career.
    Findlay added 13 points and was a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw line. Davis finished with 12 points and five rebounds.
    Despite an off-night shooting, junior Brooke Cultra was a solid contributor on the rebounding end, finishing with 10 boards, five offensive. Junior Chasmine Jones may have played her best game as a Falcon, contributing with a team-high three steals in a career-high 23 minutes of action.
    Air Force overcame a cold start, which saw the team shoot 16.7 percent from the field in the opening half. The Falcons rebounded with a 46.7 effort in the second half to finish with a 31.7 shooting percentage on the day.
    Denver was led by Nnenna Akotaobi, who finished with 24 points and four assists. Sara Benham added 12 points and four rebounds. Jenna Cole was the Pioneers' leading rebounder with six.
    Air Force out-rebounded Denver 43-36 and made 21-of-26 free throws to DU's 8-for-11.

    Air Force-Denver Connections
    - Air Force has three players on its roster from Colorado.
    Fr. G Arian Brown - Colorado Springs (Palmer HS)
    So. G Candice Chase - Lakewood (Green Mountain HS)
    Fr. F Amber Wilmore - Colorado Springs (Falcon HS)

    Breakout Week For Beck
    Air Force sophomore guard Raimee Beck had a week to rember for the Falcons, averaging 25.3 points and 7.3 rebounds in three games last week.
    - Named MWC Co-Player if the Week.
    - Shot 65 percent from the field (26-40) and 69.6 percent from three-point range (16-23).
    - Scored a career-high 30 points against North Carolina Central, becoming the first Falcon to reach 30 points in a game since 2002.
    - Was 8-for-8 from three-point range vs. NCCU, tying a school record for three's in a game and shattering the previous school mark of 4-for-4 for perfect three's in a game. The 8-for-8 on three' was also a new MWC record.
    - At one point, made 12-consecutive three-point baskets over the three games. - Scored 21 points vs. Barry and 25 vs. Miami (Ohio).
    - Named to Air Force Classic All-Tournament Team.
    - Averaged 27.5 points and 7.5 rebounds at AF Classic.
    - Shot 78.3 percent from the field in tournament (18-23) and 86.7 percent from three-point range (13-15).

    	Beck Season Stats after last week
    	After First 5 games	After 8 games.
    PPG	10.8	16.3
    FG%	.279	.417
    3PT% 	.200	.415
    Assist PG	2.2	2.6

    Falcons At or Near Top In Several MWC Categories
    Air Force is the Mountain West Conference's top defensive and free throw shooting team. The Falcons are allowing just 55.6 points per game and making 83.0 percent from the line.
    Air Force entered the week ranked second in the nation in free throw percentage.
    The Falcons also rank fourth in rebounding, pulling down 40.2 rebounds per game. The Falcons allowed 64.5 points per game, shot 71.4 percent from the line and averaged 35.7 rebounds per game in 2007-08.

    MWC Team Defense
    1. Air Force 55.6 2. New Mexico 56.9 3. Wyoming 63.0 4. Utah 63.2

    MWC Team Free Throw Percentage 1. Air Force 83.0 2. Utah 80.2 3. TCU 79.4 4. New Mexico 78.0

    MWC Team Rebounding 1. New Mexico 43.0 2. Colorado State 41.9 3. UNLV 41.4 4. Air Force 40.2

    MWC's Top Defense
    Air Force has the Mountain West Conference's top team defense, allowing 55.6 points per game. That total is nearly nine points per game fewer than the all-time Div. I era school record of 64.1 ppg by the 2004-05 team. The Falcons have held six of their eight opponents to 57 or fewer points.

    MWC Team Defense
    1.	Air Force	55.6
    2.	New Mexico	56.9
    3.	Wyoming	63.0
    4.	Utah	63.2

    Kreke MWC's Top Rebounder
    Kim Kreke leads the Mountain West Conference with 11.0 rebounds per game. The next closest player is UNLV's Shamela Hampton with 9.7 rebounds per game. Kreke averaged 4.6 rebounds per game as a junior. She has at least 11 rebounds in all five of six games this year.

    	MWC Individual Rebounding
    	1. Kim Kreke, Air Force	11.0
    	2. Shamela Hampton, UNLV	9.7
    	3. Morgan Warburton, Utah	8.2
    	4. Jamie Smith, UNLV	7.6

    Kreke Sets Academy Div. I Rebounding Mark
    Kim Kreke recorded 19 rebounds against Milwaukee. That total is an Air Force Div. I record, eclipsing the previous mark of 16 set by Mollie Peters vs. Texas-Pan American on Nov. 23, 1997. The 19 rebounds ties for the fourth-most in Air Force history, the seventh-highest mark in Mountain West Conference history and the second-highest total by a senior in MWC history.

    Most Rebounds In A Game By Air Force
    31 Mary Jo Wier vs. New Mexico Highlands, 2/11/77
    26 Mary Manning vs. Northern Colorado, 3/11/82
    24 Mary Jo Wier vs. Colorado Mines, 2/1/77
    19 Kim Kreke vs. Milwaukee, 11/22/08
    19 Mary Manning vs. Northern Colorado, 1/29/85
    17 Theresa Blad vs. Abilene Christian, 3/8/85
    17 Melissa Standley vs. Mesa State, 11/17/89
    16 Mollie Peters vs. Texas Pan-American, 11/23/97

    Kreke Becomes Div. I Era Shot Block Leader
    Senior Kim Kreke currently has 63 blocks for her career. That total is the most Air Force in the Div. I era, surpassing Ellen Jaeschke. Kreke currently ranks 6th all-time in shot blocks.

    Most Blocks Career
    1.	122, Mary Manning 	1981-85
    2.	88, Chris Clausnitzer	1988-92
    3.	79, Leigh Wilbanks	1988-91
    4.	70, Carrie Carrow	1993, 95-96
    5.	64, Stacy Goss	1983-86
    6.	63, Kim Kreke*	2005-pr.
    7.	56, Ellen Jaeschke*	2004-05
    8.	52, Pamela Findlay*	2004-08
    9.	49, Brooke Cultra*	2005-pr.
    10.	41, Mollie Peters*	1996-00
    *Div. I era

    Beck & Cultra Also Amongst MWC Leaders
    Raimee Beck and Brooke Cultra rank in the MWC top 10 in several categories.

    	Scoring
    	Beck	5th/16.3
    	Cultra	7th/14.9
    	Rebounding
    	Beck 	8th/7.1
    	Cultra	10th/6.6
    	Free Throw Pct.
    	Cultra	3rd/93.1
    	Beck 	8th/85.7
    	Three-Point Baskets Per Game
    	Beck 	2ns/2.75

    Sophomore Class Emerging
    Several Air Force sophomores have shown improvement since their freshmen campaigns. Guard Stevie Puentes and center Liz Dunsworth have already surpassed their point and minutes played totals as freshmen and guard Raimee Beck has improved her scoring and rebounding averages.

    	Beck	2007-08	2008-09
    	PPG	9.0	16.3
    	RPG	3.7	7.1
    	Dunsworth
    	GP-GS	16-0	8-5
    	MPG	3.7	20.9
    	PPG	0.6	2.1
    	RPG	0.6	5.4
    	Puentes
    	GP-GS	6-0	8-1
    	MPG	4.2	17.9
    	PPG	1.7	4.0
    	APG	0.2	1.8

    Schjodt A Pleasant Surprise
    Kathleen Schjodt, the lone junior on the team, has also provided solid minutes this year. After seeing limited minutes as a freshman and even less time as a sophomore due to injury, the junior has started two games and has already surpassed her minutes played the first two years combined.

    	Schjodt
    	GP-GS	3-0	8-2
    	MPG	5.0	22.9
    	PPG	2.3	5.6
    	RPG	1.0	3.9

    Gault Turning Into Top Distributor
    Point guard Anna Gault is quickly picking up the pace of Div. I basketball, as the freshman had some solid games last week. After dishing out six assists against Barry on Monday, Gault had a career-high 10 assists against North Carolina Central. It was the first 10 assist game by a Falcons since 2002. Gault is currently averaging 3.5 assists per game, ranking sixth in the MWC.

    Injury Sidelines Loveless For Remainder Of Season
    Senior power forward Dana Loveless will miss the remainder of the 2008-09 season after suffering a sprained ankle and torn left ACL in the season-opener against Northern Colorado. Both injuries happened on the same play just eight minutes into the game.

    Falcons Picked To Finish Ninth In MWC
    In the preseason conference poll released in October, Air Force was chosen by the coaches and select media to finish ninth in the Mountain West.

    1. Utah (16) 	206
    2. San Diego State (6) 	184
    3. TCU (2) 	161
    4. New Mexico (2) 	148
    5. BYU 	117
    6. Wyoming 	113
    7. UNLV 	80
    8. Colorado State 	44
    9. Air Force 	36
    (First Place Votes)

    Seven Regular Season Games on TV
    A record seven Air Force women's basketball regular season games will be televised. The Falcons will have four games on the Mountain West Sports Network (Mtn.) and games on CBS College Sports (CBS C), Fox Rocky Mountain (Fox RM) and BYU TV. Air Force could also have games televised at the MWC Championships.

    Air Force WBB TV Schedule
    Nov. 29	Army	Mtn.
    Dec. 10	at Denver	Fox RM
    Jan. 3	Navy	Mtn.
    Jan. 7	at San Diego St.	CBS C
    Jan. 20	Colorado St.	Mtn.
    Feb. 4	at BYU	BYU TV
    Feb. 21	at Colorado St.	Mtn.
    M 10-14	MWC Tourney	Mtn./CBS C/VERSUS

    Team Captains
    Seniors Brooke Cultra and Kim Kreke have been named team co-captains for the 2008-09 season. Cultra is a three-year letterwinner and returning starter at shooting guard. Kreke is also a three-year letterwinner and returning starter at center.

    Nine Letterwinners and Three Starters Return
    Nine letterwinners and three starters return for the Falcons.
    Sophomore Raimee Beck, senior Brooke Cultra and senior Kim Kreke are Air Forces returning starters.
    Senior Dana Loveless, junior Kathleen Schjodt and sophomores Jenny Bandi, Candice Chase, Liz Dunsworth and Stevie Puentes round out the other returners.

    Falcons Welcome Five Newcomers
    Air Force welcomes five freshmen in 2008-09.
    G Ariane Brown - Colorado Springs, CO (Palmer HS)
    G Anna Gault - Aurora, IL (Waubonsie Valley HS)
    G Kira Gonzalez - Olathe, KS (DeSoto HS)
    G Jamela Satterfield - Sacramento, CA (Sheldon HS)
    F Amber Wilmore - Colorado Springs, CO (Falcon HS)

    Up Next
    Air Force is off till Monday, Dec. 22, when it hosts UMKC. Tip off is at Noon.

     

     

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