Air Force Visits League-Leading San Diego State on Saturday

Feb. 17, 2012

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The Air Force women's basketball team is back on the road this weekend, as they visit league-leading San Diego State on Saturday, Feb. 18. The game is slated to begin at 2:00 p.m. (PT) in Viejas Arena.

GAME INFORMATION
Live Stats/Video:
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Series History: San Diego State leads, 23-6

LAST TIME OUT...
The Falcons were unable to get past a hot Wyoming team in the second half, falling to the visiting Cowgirls, 71-58, Wednesday night. Junior Alicia Leipprandt lead the Falcons with 16 points, while classmate Dymond James notched her fourth double-double of the year, finishing with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Also scoring in double figures for Air Force was senior captain Jamela Satterfield with 10 points.

SCOUTING THE FALCONS...
Air Force enters this weekend's contest with a 5-20 overall mark and 0-10 ledger in the Mountain West.

Junior Alicia Leipprandt is the Falcons' leading scorer on the season, averaging 13.9 points per game, while classmate Dymond James averages 12.6 points and a team-best 6.7 rebounds per contest. In conference play, James leads the Falcons in both scoring and rebounding, averaging 13.8 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.

SCOUTING THE AZTECS...
San Diego currently holds a 19-5 overall record and sits atop the league standings with a 9-1 record in Mountain West play. The Aztecs are coming off a 57-44 road victory over New Mexico.

Courtney Clements leads San Diego State with a league-best 16.5 points per contest, while Chairese Culberson is averaging a team-best 5.8 rebounds per game. Meanwhile, point guard Chelsea Hopkins is averaging 9.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and a league-best 6.4 assists per contest.

HOW WE RATE...
In the latest conference statistics, Air Force ranks third in the Mountain West in defensive rebounds (24.6) per game.

HOW THEY RATE...
In the latest conference statistics, San Diego State leads the Mountain West in scoring defense (54.7), scoring margin (+11.4), rebounding (41.5), rebounding margin (+7.4), turnover margin (+2.8), offensive rebounds (17.4), defensive rebounding percentage (.665) and offensive rebounding percentage (.441). The Aztecs also rank second or third in nine other statistical categories.

THE LAST MEETING...
Junior Dymond James registered her third double-double of the year, but the Air Force women's basketball team came up short in their upset bid against league-leading San Diego State, falling 75-62 to the Aztecs in Clune Arena on Jan. 21.

James finished the game with 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Falcons, while sophomore Megan O'Neil also scored in double figures with a career-best 18 points. Meanwhile, Courtney Clements registered 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Aztecs to their 10th-straight victory.

Air Force got out to a strong start against San Diego State, shooting over 59 percent from the field in the first half. Although the Falcons struggled with too many turnovers in the opening period, committing 16 miscues in the first 20 minutes, Air Force still managed to take a 32-30 advantage into the intermission.

The Falcons led by as many as four points early in the second half, but San Diego State came back to regain the advantage. With 10:41 remaining in the contest, the score was tied at 41-41, but Air Force was hampered by foul trouble in the end, as the Aztecs scored 18 of their last 23 points at the charity stripe.

For the game, Air Force shot a season-best 51.1 percent, but committed 23 turnovers compared to just 10 for the Aztecs. In addition, San Diego State had a slight edge on the boards, outrebounding the Falcons 40-36.

WHAT A TURNAROUND...
Although Air Force was unable to come up with a win in its game versus Wyoming on Wednesday, it was a much different game than the Falcons' previous contest against the Cowgirls. Last month, when the two teams met in Laramie, Wyoming handed Air Force a lopsided 98-36 loss, the Falcons' worst defeat of the season. Meanwhile, this week's game was much closer, with Air Force dropping one of its closest games of the conference slate.

TAKING CARE OF THE BALL...
One reason the Falcons managed to keep it close against Wyoming this week was their ability to take care of the ball. Air Force committed a season-low 12 turnovers against the Cowgirls, including just five in the opening half. Meanwhile, Wyoming, which had recorded just 10 turnovers in the previous meeting between the two teams, finished Wednesday's game with 19 turnovers.

In addition, Air Force dished out 15 assists, marking the first time this season that the Falcons have registered for assists than turnovers. Leading the way was junior Katie Hilbig with a season-high-tying six assists, while sophomore Cherae Medina added five assists.

DYMOND WITH THE DOUBLE-DOUBLE...
Junior Dymond James tallied her fourth double-double of the year in the Falcons' game against Wyoming on Wednesday, registering 13 points and 10 rebounds. James now has 10 double-doubles in her career. In addition, James has recorded 10+ rebounds in 12 career games.

AUSTYN ON OFFENSE...
Junior Austyn Wilson has been known for her intensity on the defensive court, and that was evident on Wednesday night as she recorded a team-high and personal-best three steals against the Cowgirls. However, Wilson also made her mark on the offensive end, scoring a career-high nine points, including the Falcons' lone three-pointer of the evening.

PLAY4KAY...
Although Air Force's official "Play4Kay" game is slated for Feb. 25 versus UNLV, the Falcons took the opportunity to debut their special pink uniforms versus Wyoming on Wednesday.

The WBCA began the Play4Kay program, formerly known as the PinkZone, in 2007 as an initiative to raise breast cancer awareness in women's basketball, on campuses and in communities. The late Kay Yow, former North Carolina State University head women's basketball coach, served as the catalyst for the initiative after her third reoccurrence of breast cancer in 2006.

NEXT UP...
The Falcons head to Fort Worth, Texas, for their final road game of the season, visiting TCU on Wednesday, Feb. 22, in a 6:30 p.m. (CT) contest.