Air Force Closes Out Regular Season Versus New Mexico

Feb. 27, 2012

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The Air Force women's basketball team closes out the regular season this Wednesday, Feb. 29, when it hosts New Mexico in a 7:00 p.m. contest.

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Series History: New Mexico leads, 29-1
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Outscored 38-4 to close out the game, the Falcons fell to UNLV, 86-48, Saturday afternoon at the Academy. Junior Alicia Leipprandt led Air Force with 16 points and seven rebounds, while classmate Dymond James added 10 points.

Air Force enters this week's game with a 5-23 overall mark and 0-13 ledger in the Mountain West.

Junior Alicia Leipprandt is the Falcons' leading scorer on the season, averaging 13.0 points per game, while classmate Dymond James is right behind with 12.3 points and a team-best 6.4 rebounds per contest. In conference play, James leads the Falcons in both scoring and rebounding, averaging 13.1 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.

New Mexico currently holds a 9-18 overall record and a 3-10 record in the Mountain West. The Lobos are coming off a 63-52 home loss to TCU.

Caroline Durbin leads New Mexico with 15.5 points per game, while Porche Torrance adds 11.3 points and a team-leading 8.7 rebounds per contest.

In the latest conference statistics, Air Force ranks fourth in the Mountain West in offensive rebounds (13.2) per game.

In the latest conference statistics, New Mexico leads the Mountain West in three-point field goal percentage (.370), ranks second in blocked shots (5.1), assists (13.4) and assist-to-turnover ratio (0.8), and is rated third in scoring defense (57.0).

Air Force dropped a 67-44 contest to New Mexico on Jan. 31 in The Pit.

Senior captain Jamela Satterfield led the Falcons with a career-high-tying 14 points, while Dymond James added 13 points. Meanwhile, Kami Bohannon registered a career-best nine points and six rebounds in her first career start.

For the Lobos, Porche Torrance and Jayme Jackson scored 13 points each to lead the team, while Caroline Durbin added 11 points.

New Mexico started out the game with a three-pointer in their opening possession and never looked back, as Air Force never came closer than a single point. In the first half, the Falcons shot just 25 percent from the field and committed 11 turnovers. Meanwhile, the Lobos were able to take care of the ball, recording just three turnovers before going into the intermission with a 37-18 advantage.

Although Air Force shot better in the second half, knocking down over 40 percent of its shots, the Falcons were unable to cut into their deficit. New Mexico led by as many as 27 points and retained control of the game in the 67-44 victory.

The Falcons were plagued with foul trouble, particularly in the first half, when three players sat on the bench with three fouls each. Air Force was also outrebounded by New Mexico, as the Lobos held a 42-36 advantage on the glass and grabbed 17 offensive rebounds.

Prior to Wednesday's game versus New Mexico, the Falcons will honor the lone member of their senior class, team captain Jamela Satterfield. Satterfield has played in 117 career games for Air Force, just one shy of the all-time record at the Academy, and is averaging a career-best 3.6 points and 4.3 rebounds this season.

Air Force found itself in foul trouble against UNLV on Saturday, helping the Lady Rebels spark their huge second-half run at the free throw line. The Falcons were called for a season-high 27 fouls versus UNLV, as the Lady Rebels attempted 39 free throws, the most by an Air Force opponent this season.

The Falcons have done a solid job of getting to the foul line this season, setting a new team record for free throw attempts in a single season (Division I era). Air Force has attempted 605 free throws so far this season, surpassing the previous record of 587 attempts from the foul line.

The Falcons head to Las Vegas, Nev., next week, March 7-10, for the 2012 Mountain West Basketball Championships. Air Force, which is seeded eighth, will face top-seed San Diego State in the first game of the tournament, scheduled for 12:00 p.m. (PT) on Wednesday, March 7.