Air Force Heads to TCU for Final Road Game

Feb. 21, 2012

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The Air Force women's basketball team closes out its regular-season road slate this Wednesday, Feb. 22, as it travels to Fort Worth, Texas, to take on TCU in a 6:30 p.m. (CT) contest.

GAME INFORMATION
Live Stats/Video:
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Series History: TCU leads, 17-2

LAST TIME OUT...
The Falcons were unable to overcome a first-half deficit against league-leading San Diego State, dropping a 59-46 road decision to the Aztecs on Saturday afternoon. Junior Dymond James scored 16 points to lead the Falcons, while classmate Katie Hilbig added her second double-double of the season, registering 10 points and 10 rebounds. Also scoring in double figures for Air Force was sophomore Cherae Medina with 10 points.

SCOUTING THE FALCONS...
Air Force enters Wednesday's game with a 5-21 overall mark and 0-11 ledger in the Mountain West.

Junior Alicia Leipprandt is the Falcons' leading scorer on the season, averaging 13.3 points per game, while classmate Dymond James averages 12.7 points and a team-best 6.5 rebounds per contest. In conference play, James leads the Falcons in both scoring and rebounding, averaging 14.0 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.

SCOUTING THE HORNED FROGS...
TCU currently holds a 13-13 overall record and a 6-5 record in the Mountain West. The Horned Frogs are coming off a 73-69 victory over Boise State on Saturday.

Natalie Ventress leads TCU with 13.7 points per contest, while Latricia Lovings is the team's leading rebounder, averaging 5.7 boards per game.

HOW WE RATE...
In the latest conference statistics, Air Force ranks third in the Mountain West in defensive rebounds (24.5) per game.

HOW THEY RATE...
In the latest conference statistics, TCU leads the Mountain West in field goal percentage defense (.351), three-point field goal percentage defense (.288) and blocked shots (6.0), ranks second in steals (9.5) and turnover margin (+2.0) and is third in scoring margin (+2.9).

THE LAST MEETING...
Air Force was outscored 27-4 to open the second half, as they dropped a 66-44 decision to visiting TCU on Jan. 25.

Junior Dymond James led the Falcons with 14 points and nine rebounds, while classmate Alicia Leipprandt added 11 points. Meanwhile, Natalie Ventress paced the Horned Frogs with 21 points.

The Falcons, playing in front of a season-high home crowd of 2,507 fans, got out to a strong start against the Horned Frogs, leading for much of the first half before going into the intermission with a 25-24 lead. However, Air Force fell behind in the second half as TCU put together its big run. The Falcons never got closer than 15 points in the final three minutes, as the Horned Frogs cruised to the victory.

Air Force, led by James and Michelle Ivey with nine rebounds each, had the edge on the boards, outrebounding TCU, 45-39, for the game. However, the Falcons committed 29 turnovers, leading to 30 points for the Horned Frogs, including 20 in the second half.

KATIE'S DOUBLE-DOUBLE...
Junior Katie Hilbig tallied the second double-double of the season and her career on Saturday, finishing with 10 points and 10 rebounds against San Diego State. Hilbig is one of four Air Force players to register a double-double this season.

FREE THROW WOES...
The Falcons shot poorly from the free throw line against the Aztecs on Saturday, converting just 15-of-26 shots (.577) from the charity stripe. Air Force particularly struggled in the first half, knocking down just 3-of-10 attempts from the foul line.

OUTSHOOTING THE AZTECS...
Air Force managed to outshoot San Diego State from the field on Saturday, finishing at 37.5 percent, while holding the Aztecs to 32.1 percent. It marked just the second time in conference play this year that the Falcons have shot better than their opponents--the previous game was also against San Diego State.

NEXT UP...
The Falcons return home for their next game, as they host UNLV on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 2:00 p.m.