Dec. 16, 2009
Bradley (2-5) vs. Air Force (2-7)
Saturday, Dec. 19
Tipoff: 2 p.m.
Location: USAF Academy, Colo.
Arena: Clune Arena
Series: Bradley leads, 1-0
Last Meeting: Bradley won 81-65 in Peoria, Ill., on Dec. 28, 2008.
Live Stats & Internet Radio: www.goAirForceFalcons.com
Radio: 1300 AM in Colorado Springs
Radio Talent: Jay Ritchie
Falcons Host Bradley
The Air Force women's basketball team hosts Bradley this Saturday, Dec. 19. Live internet radio and stats will be available for the game, which tips off at 2 p.m. in Clune Arena.
Air Force returns six letterwinners and three starters from last years team. Junior guard Raimee Beck is the Falcons' top returning scorer, averaging 12.9 points per game as a sophomore. Junior center Liz Dunsworth and sophomore point guard Anna Gault also started last year as juniors. Air Force welcomes nine freshmen to the team, the largest freshman class in school history.
Air Force dropped a tough 64-62 contest at home to Denver on Dec. 10. The Falcons rallied back from a nine point deficit to tie the game with 10 seconds left, only to have the Pioneers sink a pair of free throws for the deciding points with four seconds left in the game.
Scouting Air Force
Air Force is 2-7 on the season. Junior guard Raimee Beck leads the team offensively, scoring 15.6 points per game to go with 8.3 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Anna Gault ranks third in the confernce, averaging 4.8 assists per game. Air Force is averaging 58.2 points per game and allowing 67.4.
Bradley is 2-5 on the season after losing to Missouri last week. Freshman guard Katie Yohn leads the team offensively, scoring 10.4 points per game to go with 2.6 rebounds per game. The Braves are averaging 63.3 points per game and allowing 67.9.
- Air Force and Bradley played for the first time last year.
Air Force vs. Missouri Valley
Air Force is 0-5 all-time in games against the Missouri Valley Conference.
Last Meeting vs. Bradley
Senior Brooke Cultra and sophomore Raimee Beck combined for 46 points, but the Air Force women's basketball team dropped an 81-65 decision to Bradley on Sunday, Dec. 28, in Peoria, Ill. The duo posted 23 points apiece, but was unable to help the Falcons overcome five double-digit scoring Braves. Bradley improved to 9-2 on the season, while Air Force fell to 3-8. Senior Kim Kreke added 13 points and a team-high three steals. Both Kreke and Cultra neared double-doubles, as they led the team with eight rebounds apiece. Sophomore Stevie Puentes led the team with six assists. Jenny Van Kirk and Sonya Harris led Bradley with 16 points apiece. They were two of five Braves' starters to account for double-digit points. The Falcons shot 42 percent from the floor, while Bradley scored at a 47-percent clip. Although the turnover ratio was close (Air Force 18, Bradley 16), the Braves scored 21 points off of the Falcons' turnovers, while Air Force accounted for 10 from Bradley's miscues. The Braves rolled out to an early 14-8 lead, but Cultra caught fire for the Falcons. The senior scored the next seven points, while the team held Bradley scoreless for nearly five minutes. With a layup at the 12:50 mark, Cultra gave Air Force the 15-14 lead. Beck's three-point shot extended the Falcons' lead to four. Bradley retook the lead at the 21-19 mark and quickly extended their lead to 31-22. Puentes sank two free throws and Beck added a pair of baskets, but the Falcons entered the locker room at halftime down 42-29. Coming out of the break, Cultra added a basket and Kreke put in a pair of free throws. The Braves extended their advantage to 19, but Air Force continued to fight. Beck scored the Falcons' next eight points, including a pair of shots from beyond the arc. Cultra cut the lead to 10 with a basket, but Bradley slowly edged away again. Cultra and Beck continued to add points, but the final buzzer sounded with Bradley holding the 81-65 advantage.
Denver Game Recap
Denver's two and only made free throws of the game were its most important, as Britteni Rice hit a pair of free throws with four seconds left to drop Air Force 64-62 in women's basketball action Wednesday night at Clune Arena. The loss dropped the Falcons to 2-7 on the season and lifted the Pioneers to 3-5. Trailing by as many as nine points late in the game, Air Force mounted a furious late-game rally only to fall on the short end. A three-point basket by Kathleen Schjodt, followed by a three-point play on a layup and foul shot by Raimee Beck tied the game up at 62 with 10 seconds left in regulation. Rice was fouled just seconds later on a drive to the basket and hit both free throws. Air Force then turned the ball over on an inbounds play and DU was able to run the clock out. Five Pioneers reached double-figures in scoring led by Brianna Culberson's 14 points. Guard Emiko Smith had game-high's of eight assists and four steals. Laura Palmere added 12 points off the bench by way of four three-point basket's. Beck and Schjodt tied for Air Force's team-lead with 11 points each. Beck also had five assists and a team-high six rebounds. Sophomore guard Anna Gault added seven assists to go with six points and three steals. The Falcons also got nine points each from freshmen forwards Kelsey Berger and Dymond James. Junior Candice Chase also gave AFA a strong outside presence hitting a career-best two three-point baskets. Air Force led 29-26 at halftime by doing a good job of holding on to the ball. The Falcons turned the ball over just four times in the opening half and tied a season-low with 12 for the game. Denver clawed its way back into the game, primarily with the three-point ball and by shooting 62.5 percent from the field in second half. The Pioneer's hit 6-of-11 three's in the second half. Air Force shot 46 percent from the field, its second-best shooting night of the season. All ten Falcons that got into the game scored and five different players hit three-point baskets, both team-high's.
Beck Leading The Way For Falcons
Junior guard Raimee Beck is off to a strong start so far in 2009-10. Beck had led Air Force in scoring all but twice and had led the team in rebounding every game. She amongst the MWC top 10 in several categories.
Gault Amongst MWC Leaders In Assists, Steals
Sophomore point guard Anna Gault ranks amongst the MWC top five in assists and steals. Gault is third in assists, averaging 4.8 per game. She is fourth in steals, averaging 2.3 per game. Gault is already 10th all-time (Div. I era) in assists at Air Force.
Her current 4.8 apg puts her on pace for 144 assists in 30 games, which would shatter the Div. I record of 119 set by Latoya Howell in 2002-03.
Freshmen Make Immediate Impact
Four Falcon freshmen are already already making immediate impacts for the Falcons. Four of Air Force's top six scorers are freshmen. Rookies Alicia Leipprandt, Katie Hilbig, Dymond James and Kelsey Berger, rank second-through-sixth in scoring for the Falcons.
Leipprandt Developing Into Scoring Threat
Freshman guard Alicia Leipprant is starting to make opponents take notice with her scoring ability. Leipprandt is second on the team in scoring, averaging 10.1 ppg despite ranking eighth in minutes per game. The Ubly, Mich., native scored a career-high 20 points in the win over Chicago State and followed with 16 points against Drake, earning Air Force Classic all-tournament honors.
Senior Kathleen Schjodt and junior Raimee Beck have been named team co-captains for the 2009-10 season. Schjodt is a three-year letterwinner at forward. Beck is a two-year letterwinner and returning starter at guard.
Six Letterwinners and Three Starters Return
Six letterwinners and three starters return for the Falcons. Juniors Raimee Beck and Liz Dunsworth and sophomore Anna Gault are Air Forces returning starters. Senior Kathleen Schjodt, junior Candice Chase and sophomore Jamela Satterfield round out the other returners. In addition, sophomore Kira Gonzalez, who did not play in any game as a freshman, also returns.
Falcons Welcome Nine Newcomers
Air Force welcomes nine freshmen in 2009-10, its largest rookie class in school history.
F Kelsey Berger (Mentor, Ohio)
G Bethany Gross (Alexandria, S.D.)
F Katie Hilbig (Castle Rock, Colo.)
F Dymond James (Brambleton, Va.)
G Alicia Leipprandt (Ubly, Mich.)
G Megan Muñiz (Rio Rancho, N.M.)
G Danielle Sorrera (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.)
G Austyn Wilson (Dallas, Texas)
G Desiree Wilson (Morrow, Ga.)
Air Force travels to Annapolis, Md., to take on service academy rival Navy on Dec. 22.