Air Force Opens New Year at Utah State

    Senior Cherae Medina

    Senior Cherae Medina

    Dec. 31, 2013

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    The Air Force women's basketball team opens Mountain West play this Wednesday, Jan. 1, when it visits league newcomer Utah State. The game, which is the only scheduled contest between the two teams this season, is slated to begin at 7:00 p.m.

    LAST TIME OUT...
    Air Force dropped its final two non-conference games of the season at the Hampton Inn Oceanfront Holiday Classic Dec. 20-21, falling to host North Florida, 61-40, and Eastern Illinois, 76-44.

    Junior Jimi Blagowsky was the Falcons' leading scorer in both contests, tallying nine points against the Ospreys and 16 points versus the Panthers en route to all-tournament recognition.

    SCOUTING THE FALCONS...
    Air Force concluded its non-conference slate with a 1-9 overall record. Junior Jimi Blagowsky is the Falcons' leading scorer on the season with 11.3 points per game, while senior Cherae Medina adds 10.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and a team-leading 3.9 assists per game.

    SCOUTING THE AGGIES...
    Utah State currently holds a 6-5 overall record on the season and is coming off an 86-81 loss to College of Idaho on Saturday.

    The Aggies have three players who average in double figures in scoring, led by Jennifer Schlott with a league-leading 24.8 points and 6.5 assists per contest. Makenlee Williams adds 18.0 points per contest, while Franny Vaaulu averages 10.5 points per game. Meanwhile, Elise Nelson and Ingrida Strikas average 7.3 and 7.1 rebounds per contest, respectively.

    AIR FORCE IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST RANKINGS...
    Through games of Dec. 29, Air Force ranks sixth in the Mountain West in rebounding defense (40.4 pg).

    Individually, senior Cherae Medina ranks eighth in the Mountain West in assists per game (3.9), ninth in assist/turnover ratio (1.3) and 10th in three-point field goals made per game (1.8), while junior Jimi Blagowsky ranks ninth in three-point field goals made per game (1.8).

    UTAH STATE IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST RANKINGS...
    Through games of Dec. 29, Utah State leads the Mountain West in assists (16.4), steals (12.5) and turnover margin (+4.7), while ranking second in scoring offense (82.1), scoring margin (+8.3), free throw percentage (.767) and rebounding offense (44.0).

    Individually, Jennifer Schlott leads the league in scoring (24.8) and assists (6.5), while also ranking second in steals, and fifth in free throw percentage, while Elise Nelson leads in the Mountain West in steals and assist/turnover ratio and ranks second in assists and fourth in rebounding and offensive rebounding. Also ranking in the top five in the league individually are Makenlee Williams, who ranks tied for second in three-point field goals made per game, third in scoring and field goal percentage and fourth in three-point field goal percentage; Ingrida Strikas, who is tied for fifth in rebounding; and Franny Vaaulu, who ranks fifth in the league in steals.

    HAMPTON INN OCEANFRONT HOLIDAY CLASSIC ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM...
    Leading the Falcons in scoring in both tournament games, junior Jimi Blagowsky was named to the Hampton Inn Oceanfront Holiday Classic all-tournament team on Dec. 21. Blagowsky scored a team-high nine points in the Falcons' game versus host North Florida, while finishing with a team-leading 16 points versus Eastern Illinois.

    CAMILLE'S BLOCK PARTY...
    Despite standing just 5-5, senior captain Camille Thompson is the Falcons' leading shot blocker on the season with five blocks, all of them coming during the Hampton Inn Oceanfront Holiday Classic, hosted by North Florida. Thompson recorded Air Force's only two blocks against UNF, while notching a career-high three blocks versus Eastern Illinois.

    JACKSON BACK IN ACTION...
    In a return to her hometown (Jacksonville, Fla.), freshman Myah Jackson was back in action for the Falcons at the Hampton Inn Oceanfront Holiday Classic after missing seven games due to a concussion suffered in Air Force's season opener versus North Carolina. Jackson averaged 3.0 rebounds per game in the tournament and ranks as one of the Falcons' leading rebounders with 4.0 boards per game for the season.

    NEXT UP...
    The Falcons return to action on Saturday, Jan. 4, as they host conference foe UNLV in a 1:00 p.m. contest.

     

     

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