Air Force Falls to San Diego State on the Road
Feb. 18, 2012
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Despite winning the second half, the Air Force women's basketball team dropped a 59-46 decision to league-leading San Diego State Saturday afternoon in Viejas Arena.
Junior Dymond James (Brambleton, Va.) scored 16 points to lead the Falcons, while classmate Katie Hilbig (Castle Rock, Colo.) notched her second double-double of the season, finishing with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Also scoring in double figures for Air Force (5-21, 0-11) was sophomore Cherae Medina (Denver, Colo.) with 10 points.
Courtney Clements led the Aztecs with 16 points, while Chelsea Hopkins added 15 points and 10 assists.
San Diego State (20-5, 10-1) cruised to a 33-15 advantage at the intermission, aided by an 18-3 run in the middle of the opening period. The Aztecs dominated on the boards in the first half, outrebounding the Falcons 25-9, as three Air Force players were saddled with three fouls each. The Falcons also struggled to convert at the foul line, missing 7-of-10 free throws before the break.
Air Force started the second half on a hot streak, going on a 9-2 run to start the period. The Falcons eventually cut the margin to nine point following a three-point play by Medina with just over 10 minutes remaining, but the Aztecs responded with the next two scores to push their lead back to 13 points and retained control the rest of the way.
The Falcons shot almost 43 percent from the field in the second half, while the Aztecs knocked down just 25.9 percent of their shots after the break. Air Force had a slight edge on the glass in the final stanza, grabbing 20 rebounds compared to 16 for San Diego State.
The Falcons close out their regular-season road slate on Wednesday, Feb. 22, when they head to Fort Worth, Texas, to take on TCU in a 6:30 p.m. (CT) contest.