Falcons Begin Two-Game Road Trip at Fresno State
Jan. 28, 2013
The Air Force women's basketball team is on the road for its next two contests, visiting league leaders Fresno State and San Diego State in back-to-back games. The Falcons first head to Fresno on Wednesday, Jan. 30, to take on the Bulldogs in a 7:00 p.m. (PT) contest.
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Series History: Fresno State leads, 2-0
Last Meeting: Air Force and Fresno State met twice as WAC opponents during the 1996-97 season, with the Bulldogs winning both games--a 62-53 decision at the Academy and a 49-40 contest in Fresno.
LAST TIME OUT...
Air Force fell to visiting Wyoming, 86-48, Saturday afternoon in Clune Arena. Junior Camille Thompson was the only Falcon to score in double figures, knocking down 5-of-9 shots from beyond the arc to finish with a career-high 15 points.
SCOUTING THE FALCONS...
Air Force enters this week's game with a 2-16 overall record and 1-4 mark in the Mountain West, following its loss to Wyoming on Saturday.
Senior Alicia Leipprandt is the Falcons' leading scorer with 11.7 points per contest, while classmate Dymond James is the team's next best scorer with 8.9 ppg. James and senior Katie Hilbig are Air Force's leading rebounders, each averaging 7.2 boards per game, while junior Cherae Medina leads the Falcons with 3.3 assists per contest.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS...
Fresno State currently holds a 13-6 overall record and 5-1 mark in the Mountain West. The Bulldogs are coming off a 69-58 road victory over Colorado State on Sunday afternoon.
Four different players average in double-figures scoring for the Bulldogs, led by junior Ki-Ki Moore with 16.8 points and 6.2 rebounds per contest. Rosie Moult adds 12.1 points per game, Taylor Thompson averages 11.2 points per contest and Alex Sheedy averages 10.1 points per game.
CAMILLE'S CAREER NIGHT...
Junior Camille Thompson was the lone Air Force player to score in double figures against Wyoming on Saturday, registering a career-high 15 points. Thompson shot 5-of-9 from long range versus the Cowgirls after knocking down just 2-of-18 three-point field goals in the Falcons' first 17 games of the season.
The Falcons' eight three-pointers against the Cowgirls on Sunday were their most of the season and the most since the 2010-11 season. Air Force also shot a season-best 47.1 percent from long range versus Wyoming.
The Cowgirls also shot well from beyond the arc on Saturday, making 9-of-17 three-pointers on the afternoon. Air Force and Wyoming combined to shoot 50 percent (17-of-34) from long range during the game.
TAKING CARE OF THE BALL...
Against Wyoming, Air Force finished with more assists than turnovers for just the third time this season, recording 16 assists and a season-low 11 turnovers. The two teams combined for just 16 turnovers, with the Cowgirls throwing the ball away just five times, the fewest for an Air Force opponent this year.
BEATEN ON THE BOARDS...
Against Wyoming on Saturday, Air Force was outrebounded for the first time in conference play this season, with the Cowgirls earning a 47-29 advantage on the boards. The Falcons' 29 rebounds against Wyoming matched a season-low total.
...BUT STILL THE REBOUNDING LEADERS...
Despite being outrebounded by Wyoming on Saturday, Air Force continues to lead the league in rebounding during conference games, averaging 45.4 rebounds per contest in their five Mountain West contests. The Falcons' best rebounding effort came on Jan. 12, when they grabbed a season-high 60 boards in their win over UNLV.
Individually, seniors Dymond James and Katie Hilbig are leading the Mountain West in rebounding (conference games only), ranking first and second with 9.4 and 8.6 rebounds per contest, respectively. Hilbig also shares the league lead in offensive rebounds in conference play (4.0 pg), while James ranks tied for second in defensive rebounds per game (6.8).
The Falcons wrap up their two-game road trip on Saturday, Feb. 2, when they visit San Diego State in a 2:00 p.m. (PT) contest.