Falcons Return to Action at Cyclone Challenge

    Senior Austyn Wilson

    Senior Austyn Wilson

    Dec. 27, 2012

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    After a 16-day layoff, the Air Force women's basketball team returns to action this weekend, Dec. 29-30, at the Cyclone Challenge, hosted by Iowa State. The Falcons take on the host Cyclones in their first game of the tournament, while facing Penn on day two.

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    Series History vs. Iowa State: Iowa State leads, 1-0
    Last Meeting: In the only previous meeting between Air Force and Iowa State, the Cyclones were victorious, capturing a 92-78 win at the Academy on Jan. 8, 1988.
    Series History vs. Penn: Penn leads, 1-0
    Last Meeting: Air Force and Penn have met just once before, with the Quakers earning a 60-42 victory in Philadelphia on Dec. 30, 2000.

    Playing in its final game before the winter break, Air Force captured its first win of the season with a come-from-behind 82-78 overtime victory over CSU Bakersfield on Dec. 13. The Falcons trailed by five points in the final 25 seconds of regulation, but were able to battle back, with junior Cherae Medina hitting the game-tying three-pointer at the buzzer. Air Force went on to outscore the Roadrunners, 12-3, in the final three minutes of overtime to earn the win.

    Senior Alicia Leipprandt led four Falcon scorers in double-figures, registering 21 points. Medina added a career-best 15 points, while seniors Katie Hilbig and Dymond James added 12 and 11 points, respectively. Hilbig and James also led Air Force in rebounding with nine boards each, while Hilbig and Medina each dished out five assists.

    Air Force enters this week's game with a 1-9 overall record, including an 0-5 mark on the road.

    Senior Alicia Leipprandt is the Falcons' leading scorer with 12.3 points per contest, while classmate Dymond James adds 10.0 points per game. James is also the team's leading rebounder with 6.9 boards per game, while junior Cherae Medina leads the Falcons with 3.3 assists per game.

    Iowa State, receiving votes in the latest AP and coaches polls, enters this weekend with a 7-1 overall record on the year, including a 4-0 mark at home. The Cyclones are coming off a 67-59 victory over Northern Iowa.

    Hallie Christofferson leads the Cyclones' offense with 15.6 points per game. Chelsea Poppens adds 13.0 points and a team-high 9.6 rebounds per contest, while Anna Prins averages 11.1 points per game.

    Penn enters the weekend with a 4-4 overall record on the season, following a 77-50 road loss to Drexel.

    Alyssa Baron leads the Quakers with 14.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per contest, while Keiera Ray adds 11.0 points per game.

    Junior Cherae Medina was named the Air Force Athlete of the Week on Dec. 17, following her performance in the Falcons' 82-78 overtime win over CSU Bakersfield. Medina, who scored a career-high 15 points, knocked down the game-tying three-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime. She added another five points in overtime, including a three-point field goal that gave the Falcons their first lead of the extra period.

    Medina, who scored a career-high three three-point field goals against the Roadrunners, also dished out a team-best five assists and recorded four rebounds and two steals, while committing just one turnover.

    Junior Cherae Medina had a career day in the Falcons' win over CSU Bakersfield, registering a personal-best 15 points, knocking down a career-high three baskets from beyond the arc, including the game-tying shot at the end of regulation. Medina also dished out five assists with just one turnover and added four rebounds and two steals.

    With its win over CSU Bakersfield on Dec. 13, Air Force improved to 15-10 all-time in overtime contests. The Falcons' last overtime game was on March 5, 2011, when they dropped a 73-70 decision to New Mexico in their regular-season finale.

    Senior Alicia Leipprandt registered a team-best 21 points in the Falcons' win against CSU Bakersfield on Dec. 13, marking the second time this season that she has reached 20 points. She previously scored 23 points to lead Air Force against Army.

    Leipprandt has now scored 20+ points 10 times in her career, a mark which ranks fourth amongst current Mountain West players.

    Air Force had a shaky performance at the free throw line in the first half against CSU Bakersfield, missing all six of its foul shots. However, the Falcons ended the game strong, knocking down 11 of their last 13 free throws, including 4-of-5 in overtime.

    The Falcons dished out a season-high 24 assists against CSU Bakersfield, just one short of the program's Division I single-game record, with junior Cherae Medina and senior Katie Hilbig notching five assists each to lead the team.

    The win over the Roadrunners also marked the first time this season that Air Force has recorded more assists than turnovers in a game.

    ALICIA ON HER WAY TO 1000...
    With her 21 points against CSU Bakersfield, senior Alicia Leipprandt moved to 974 points for her career, a mark which ranks fourth among Division I players at the Academy and 15th all-time in program history. Leipprandt is just 26 points away from becoming just the fourth Division I player in Air Force history to surpass 1,000 career points and the 13th all-time at the Academy.

    After averaging just 50.6 points in their first eight games of the season, the Falcons have averaged 77.5 points in their last two contests. Air Force also shot a combined 44.8 percent from the field in its two games versus Denver and CSU Bakersfield.

    NEXT UP...
    The Falcons close out their non-conference slate next week, Jan. 2, when they host Utah Valley in a 2:00 p.m. contest.



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