Dec. 10, 2007
Cal State Stanislaus Warriors (2-5) vs. Air Force Falcons (4-5)
Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007 7:00 p.m. (MST)
USAF Academy, Colo. Clune Arena (5,838)
Radio is available locally on the Sports Animal AM 1300 and via internet at www.goairforcefalcons.com. Jay Ritchie calls the action for the Falcons, beginning at 6:45 p.m.
Air Force lost at Wisconsin, 60-74, on Sunday, Dec. 8.
Cal State Stanislaus defeated Holy Names, 72-57, last week.
Air Force hosts Adams State on Friday, Dec. 21.
Cal State Stanislaus hosts San Francisco State on Jan. 4.
Air Force has a one game losing streak.
Cal State Stanislaus has a one game winning streak. The Falcons are 2-1 at home. The Warriors are 0-2 on the road.
Air Force is coached by Ardie McInelly (Boise State, 1982), who is 44-134 in her seventh season at the Academy and 121-196 in her 12th year overall as a head coach.
Cal State Stanislaus is coached by Sharon Turner-Dean (San Jose State, 1986), who is 47-105 entering her seventh season.
Air Force defeated CSUS, 83-71, in Turlock, Calif., back in 1994.
Series History vs. Cal State Stanislaus
- Air Force and Cal State Stanislaus have played each other twice, splitting the series.
- The two teams first met in 1992, a 68-72 loss by the Falcons. Air Force won the second meeting, 83-71, in 1994.
Air Force vs. the California Collegiate Athletic Conference
- The Falcons are 6-4 all-time in games against California Collegiate Athletic Association.
- The last CCAA school Air Force played was San Francisco State, back in 1995.
Air Force vs. CCAA (6-4) First Meeting Last Meeting Cal Poly Pomona 0-1 1990 Cal State Los Angeles 0-1 1988 Cal State Stanislaus 0-2 1992 1994 San Francisco State 3-0 1991 1995 Sonoma State 3-0 1987 1993
Scouting Cal State Stanislaus
- Cal State Stanislaus enters the weekend with a 2-5 record after defeating Holy Names, 72-57, last week.
- The Warriors are led by senior guard/forward Shristy Kumar, who leads the team with 12.0 points and 3.1 assists per game.
- CSUS is averaging 64.9 points per game and allowing 73.4.
Scouting Air Force
- Air Force is 4-5 on the season. The Falcons lost at Wisconsin, 74-60, last Sunday.
- Senior forward Alecia Steele leads the team with 16.0 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.
- Air Force is averaging 63.6 points per game and allowing 69.1.
Recapping The Wisconsin Game
The Air Force women's basketball team lost at Wisconsin, 74-60. Sunday afternoon at the Kohl Center on Sunday, Dec. 9. Senior Alecia Steele led the Falcons with 14 points and eight rebounds.
The Badgers were 9-of-13 from three point range for the game and had four players reach double-figures in scoring. Danielle Ward led the team with 14 points. Jolene Anderson, Janese Banks and Tara Steinbauer each had 13 points.
Air Force hung tough in the first-half, but Wisconsin shot 6-of-9 from three-point range to take a 43-33 lead at halftime. The Falcons were within three points at the nine minute mark and five points at the two minute mark, but could never pull closer.
Air Force strong in shot-blocking, three-point and free throw shooting Air Force ranks second in the Mountain West Conference in shot-blocking, three-point field goal percentage and third in free throw shooting percentage. The Falcons are blocking 4.78 shots per game, making 35.4 percent of their three-point attempts and sinking 73.3 percent of their free throws. All three categories are significantly improved from a year ago.
Category 2006-07 2007-08 Improvement Shot Blocks 2.62 4.78 +2.16 3PT Pct. 26.1 35.4 +9.3 Free throw % 68.0 73.3 +5.3%
Falcons Perfect From Line Against Wisconsin
Air Force was a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line Sunday at Wisconsin. It was the first time in 50 games that the Falcons had been perfect from the line as a team. Air Force went 4-for-4 from the line on Jan. 18, 2006 against Utah.
Findlay An All-Purpose Threat For Falcons
Senior guard Pamela Findlay is off to a strong senior season, proving her ability as a well-rounded player. A do-it-all player, Findlay currently ranks amongst the conference's top 15 in seven different categories:
Category # Rank Scoring 12.3 15 3Pt Pct. 40.7 T-6 Blk 1.56 3 FG Pct. 44.9 13 Fth Pct. 76.9 13 Steals 1.33 T-13 3Pt Fg 1.22 T-11
Learning To Close Out Games
Air Force has played two overtime games and had a third game that came down to a final shot. In all three games, the Falcons led by as many as eight points in the second half only to see teams rally late in the game. The Falcons have gone into overtime, twice, on buzzer-beating three's by the opposition to end regulation. The Falcons lost in overtime at St. Francis and recovered to beat Hampton in the extra period. Against Nothern Colorado, the Falcons survived a missed three-point attempt at the buzzer for the three-point win.
Air Force has several players at or near the top of some statistical categories in the Mountain West Conference. Alecia Steele leads the conference in rebounding, averaging 9.2 boards per game and is secondin scoring averaging 16.0 points per game. Raimee Beck is tied for third in three's per game (2.22). Pamela Findlay is third and Kim Kreke fifth in blocked shots.
Steele Eclipses 1,000 Point Barrier Against Hampton
With a season-high 21 points against Hampton, senior forward Alecia Steele surpassed the 1,000 career point barrier, becoming the 11th player in Air Force history to reach the 1,000 mark. Steele is just the second player, joining `07 grad Letricia Castillo, to accomplish the feat since the Falcons moved up to Div. I play. Steele enters the Wisconsin contest with 1,051 career points.
Falcons Picked Ninth
In the preseason conference poll released Oct. 17, Air Force was chosen by the coaches and select media to finish ninth in the Mountain West.
Wyoming was tabbed as the preseason favorite for the first time in MWC history after winning the WNIT Championship and finishing tied for second place in last year's regular-season standings. Wyoming received 24-of-30 first-place votes and 203 total points. TCU had two first-place votes and finished second with 188 points, followed by BYU with one first-place vote and 182 points. New Mexico placed fourth, followed by Utah, UNLV, San Diego State, Colorado State and Air Force.
Last year's MWC Co-Player of the Year, TCU senior guard Adrianne Ross, earned Top Returning Player honors, while Leilani Mitchell of Utah was named Top Newcomer and San Diego State's Paris Johnson was tabbed Top Freshman.
Noting The Starters
Noting Alecia Steele
- Became the 11th player in Air Force history to score over 1,000 points against Hampton. Is just the second Falcons to do so in the Div. I era.
- Leads the MWC with 9.2 rebounds per game.
- Has three double-doubles on the year.
- Scored a season-high 22 points in career-high 40 minutes against Nothern Colorado.
- Named to Air Force Classic All-Tournament Team.
Noting Pamela Findlay
- Scored a career-high 23 points against Hampton.
- Played a career-high 40 minutes against Hampton.
- Had a career-high four blocked shots against Hampton.
- Led team in scoring in both games of Air Force Classic.
- Named to Air Force Classic All-Tournament Team.
Noting Kim Kreke
- Has started all nine games at center.
- Tied a career-high with 10 points against Northern Colorado.
- Ranks second on team and sixth in conference with 1.11 blocks per game.
Noting Brooke Cultra
- Pulled down a season-high 11 rebounds against Hampton.
- Has started all eight games at guard.
- Second on team with 23 assists.
- Third on team and ninth in MWC with 6.6 rebounds per game.
Noting Raimee Beck
- Third in the MWC with 2.22 three's per game.
- Has led team in scoring three times.
- Has logged 40-or-more minutes in a game three times and 38-or-more five times this season.
After at nine day layoff, the Falcons return to action, Dec. 21, hosting Adams State.