Dec. 11, 2012
The Air Force women's basketball team plays its final game before the winter break this Thursday, Dec. 13, when its hosts CSU Bakersfield in a non-conference contest. The game is slated to begin at 7:00 p.m. in Clune Arena.
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Series History: First Meeting
Last Meeting: N/A
Ladies' Night - All ladies in attendance will get a special gift from Air Force Athletics, as well as discounts at the concession stand with $2 hot dogs and $1 drinks. In addition, there will be special giveaways during the game just for the ladies.
LAST TIME OUT...
Air Force posted its highest scoring output of the season on Saturday afternoon, but came up short in a 77-73 road loss to Denver. The Pioneers scored 51 of their points in the second-half to come from behind against the Falcons, who had four players score in double figures.
Senior Dymond James led the Falcons' offense with a season-high-tying 17 points, while classmate Alicia Leipprandt added 14 points. Junior Cherae Medina and senior Austyn Wilson each tied career highs with 12 and 10 points, respectively, while senior Katie Hilbig grabbed a career-best 15 rebounds for Air Force.
SCOUTING THE FALCONS...
Air Force enters this week's game with an 0-9 overall record, including an 0-4 mark at home.
Senior Alicia Leipprandt is the lone Falcon averaging in double figures scoring with 11.3 points per contest, while classmate Dymond James adds 9.9 points per game. James is also the team's leading rebounder with 6.7 boards per game, while junior Cherae Medina leads the Falcons with 3.1 assists per game.
SCOUTING THE ROADRUNNERS...
CSU Bakersfield currently holds a 2-7 mark on the season, including a 2-2 ledger on the road. The Roadrunners are coming off a 71-64 victory at UC Irvine.
Tyonna Outland leads CSUB with 12.8 points per game, while Amber Williams adds 12.2 points per contest. Meanwhile, Janae Coffee, who averages 11.5 points and a team-best 11.0 rebounds per game, is expected to sit out of Thursday's contest.
Air Force's 73 points against Denver on Saturday were the most scored by the Falcons this season, while the team shot 43.9 percent from the field, its second-highest field goal percentage of the year. In addition, a season-high four Falcons scored in double figures against the Pioneers.
KATIE CRASHES THE BOARDS...
Senior captain Katie Hilbig turned in her first 10+ rebound performance of the season against Denver on Saturday, grabbing a career-high 15 boards.
IN FRONT OF THE HOMETOWN CROWD...
Junior guard Cherae Medina, a Denver native, had a strong performance against her hometown team on Saturday, coming off the bench to score 12 points, tying her career high. Medina, who dished out a team-best five assists, also knocked down a pair of three-pointers, tying her personal best for three-point field goals made in a single game.
FALCONS' BLOCK PARTY...
Air Force registered a season-high five blocks against Denver, led by sophomore Simonne Potts and senior Dymond James, who recorded two blocks each. Potts, who is averaging 1.1 blocks per game, already ranks among the league leaders in the category. Meanwhile, James' two blocks against the Pioneers were a new career high.
The Falcons have more than two weeks off from competition before returning to action Dec. 29-30 at the Cyclone Challenge in Ames, Iowa. Air Force will open the tournament against host Iowa State, while facing Penn on the second day of action.