Air Force Hosts Boise State in Play 4Kay Game
Feb. 18, 2013
The Air Force women's basketball team returns home this Wednesday, Feb. 20, as it hosts Boise State in a 7:00 p.m. contest.
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Series History: Boise State leads, 5-0
Last Meeting: A late rally fell short as Air Force dropped a 66-65 decision to Boise State on Jan. 19 in Boise. Junior Cherae Medina scored a career-high 23 points to pace the Falcons, while Lauren Lenhardt led the Broncos with a game-high 27 points.
Play 4Kay - In honor of the Play4Kay initiative to support breast cancer awareness, all fans wearing pink will receive free admission to the game, as well as $2 hot dogs and $1 drinks.
LAST TIME OUT...
The Falcons rallied from 18 down to get within two points in the final minute, but came up short in a 67-60 road loss to Colorado State on Saturday. Senior Alicia Leipprandt led the Falcons with 16 points, while sophomore Jimi Blagowsky added a career-high 13 points.
SCOUTING THE FALCONS...
Air Force enters Wednesday's game with a 3-21 overall record and 2-9 mark in the Mountain West, following its loss to Colorado State on Saturday.
Senior Alicia Leipprandt is the Falcons' leading scorer with 13.0 points per contest, while classmate Dymond James is the team's next best scorer with 8.8 ppg. James is also Air Force's leading rebounder, averaging 7.3 boards per game, while junior Cherae Medina leads the Falcons with 3.3 assists per contest.
SCOUTING THE BRONCOS...
Boise State, which is on a five-game losing streak, enters this weekend with a 10-13 overall record and 3-7 ledger in the Mountain West. The Broncos are coming off a 66-58 home loss to New Mexico.
Senior Lauren Lenhardt leads Boise State with 15.2 points and 7.4 rebounds per contest, while Brandi Henton adds 9.3 points per game and Diana Lee averages 4.6 assists per game.
PLAY 4KAY INITIATIVE...
This Wednesday's contest has been designated as the Falcons' annual "Play 4Kay" game. The Play 4Kay initiative is a national fundraising effort in memory of former North Carolina State University head coach Kay Yow, who was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987 and battled the disease until 2009.
Previously known as the WBCA Pink Zone, the Play 4Kay initiative unites a nation of coaches to raise breast cancer awareness. Since its inception in 2007, hundreds of institutions have participated in Play 4Kay.
JIMI HEATS UP...
Sophomore Jimi Blagowsky registered the first double-digit scoring output of her career on Saturday versus Colorado State, registering a personal-best 13 points, including a career-high three three-pointers. Blagowsky's previous career high was six points, set five times.
Air Force continues to rank among the leaders in the Mountain West in rebounding during conference games, ranking second with 40.9 rebounds per contest. 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 rank second and tied for fifth in the Mountain West in rebounding (conference games only) with 8.5 and 7.0 rebounds per contest, respectively. James is also second in defensive rebounds in conference play (6.0 pg), while Hilbig ranks third in offensive rebounds per game (3.1).
The Falcons are off this weekend before returning to action Feb. 27 with a road game at Wyoming.