Dec. 12, 2006
The Air Force women's basketball team continues its four-game roadswing this week, Dec. 13, when it travels up I-25 to take on Denver. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m. at Magness Arena.
This week's game will be televised on FSN Rocky Mountain. Keith Bleyer will handle play-by-play duties, while Ceal Barry will serve as analyst.
Air Force is coached by Ardie McInelly (Boise State, 1982), in her sixth season at the helm of the Falcons' program. She has compiled an overall record of 37-112 while at the Academy and holds a career record of 114-174 (10 years).
Denver is coached by Pam Tanner, in her 12th season as coach of the Pioneers. Tanner holds a 160-155 career ledger at Denver.
This week, Denver and Air Force will meet for the 49th time in the series, with the Pioneers holding a 27-21 advantage. Denver won the last contest between the two teams, a 65-59 decision a year ago at the Academy.
Scouting the Falcons...
Air Force began its stretch of four-straight road games with a pair of losses last week, falling to Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 65-53, and Illinois-Chicago, 58-57.
Junior Pamela Findlay leads the Falcons with 12.2 points per contest, while Alecia Steele is adding 11.4 points and a team-high 8.7 rebounds per game. Meanwhile, junior Lauren Henderson leads the team in assists with 4.0 per contest.
Scouting the Pioneers...
Denver enters this week's contest with a 3-4 record,after falling to Boise State and Portland State last week on the road.
Tyesha Lowery is the lone player averaging in double-figures with 13.0 points per game, while Sara Benham is right behind with 9.9 points per contest. Lowery is also averaging a team-best 3.0 assists per game, while Alisha Godette is the Pioneers' leading rebounder with 6.7 boards per contest.
How We Rate...
In the latest conference statistics released Dec. 11, Air Force ranks second in the MWC in three-point field goal percentange (.342) and offensive rebounds (15.22) and ranks third in rebounding defense (35.4).
Meanwhile, several Falcons rank among the conference's top-10 individual leaders in various categories:
Pamela Findlay 9 .440
Pamela Findlay 1 1.000
3PT FG Pct.
Letricia Castillo 6 .429
Pamela Findlay 9 .353
3PT FG Made
Letricia Castillo 7 1.67
Alecia Steele T3 8.7
Pamela Findlay 10 6.6
Alecia Steele 1 4.22
Pamela Findlay T10 2.44
Lauren Henderson T3 4.00
In the Record Books...
Letricia Castillo continues to move up in the record books in more than one category. The senior captain currently sits in 13th place on the career scoring list with 955 points and is poised to become the first 1,000-point scorer in the Falcons' Division I history. In addition, Castillo also ranks fifth in both career three-point field goals made and attempted.
Also making her mark on Air Force's record books is junior Pamela Findlay. In addition to holding the Falcons' record for career three-point percentage (.424), she also ranks tied for eighth in career three-pointers made.
Dishing Out the Assists...
Junior Lauren Henderson needs just eight more assists to become just the fourth active player in the Mountain West Conference to reach 200 assists in a career. In addition, Henderson would become just the 11th Air Force player all-time to reach that plateau.
On the Boards...
Junior Alecia Steele currently leads all active players in the Mountain West Conference in career rebounds with 437. Should she reach 500 for her career, she would become the 10th Air Force player all-time to do so, and the Falcons' first Division I player to reach the mark.
The Falcons wrap up their four-game road swing next week with a game at service-academy rival Navy. Tip-off is slated for 2:00 p.m. (ET) at Alumni Hall.
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