Air Force Set to Face Nevada at Mountain West Championship
March 11, 2013
The Air Force women's basketball team heads to Las Vegas, Nev., for the 2013 Reese's Mountain West Championship this week, March 12-16. The Falcons, seeded eighth in the tournament, will face ninth-seed Nevada in the first round. The game is slated for a 7:30 p.m. tip.
Live Stats/Video: themwc.com
Radio: The Sports Animal 1300 AM
Series History: Nevada leads, 4-3
Last Meeting: Air Force shot nearly 57 percent in the second half to earn a 63-56 victory over Nevada on Feb. 9 at the Academy. Senior Alicia Leipprandt registered a game-high 21 points, classmate Dymond James added 14 points and 11 rebounds and junior Cherae Medina pitched in 11 points.
LAST TIME OUT...
New Mexico put together a late 10-0 run to take a 65-59 victory over Air Force Saturday in The Pit. Junior Cherae Medina led the Falcons with 15 points, while senior Katie Hilbig registered her second-straight double-double, finishing with 11 points and 13 rebounds.
SCOUTING THE FALCONS...
Air Force, seeded eighth in this year's tournament, closed out the regular season with a 4-25 overall record and 3-13 mark in the Mountain West, following a road loss to New Mexico on Saturday.
Senior Alicia Leipprandt is the Falcons' leading scorer with 13.1 points per contest, while classmate Dymond James is the team's next best scorer with 8.9 ppg. James is also Air Force's leading rebounder, averaging 7.2 boards per game, while junior Cherae Medina leads the Falcons with 3.4 assists per contest.
SCOUTING THE WOLF PACK...
Nevada, the ninth seed in this year's tournament, finished the regular season with a 7-22 overall record and 2-14 ledger in the Mountain West. The Wolf Pack is coming off a 53-51 home loss to Colorado State.
Danika Sharp is the leading scorer for Nevada, averaging 13.3 points per game, while Arielle Wideman is next on the team with 8.4 points per contest. Meanwhile, Emily Burns averages 7.1 points and a team-leading 6.6 rebounds per game.
ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS FOR ALICIA...
Senior Alicia Leipprandt has been named a third-team All-Mountain West selection for the 2013 season. It marks the first all-conference honor of her career, as she becomes the 10th Air Force player to earn All-Mountain West accolades and just the second to be named to one of the first three teams.
A native of Ubly, Mich., Leipprandt closed out the regular season averaging 13.8 points per game in conference play, ranking third in the league, while also adding 5.1 rebounds per contest. She also finished the conference slate ranked among the top 15 in the Mountain West in free throw percentage, steals and offensive rebounds.
KATIE, THE STEALS LEADER...
Senior Katie Hilbig recently moved into the Falcons' top-10 lists for steals in a season and a career at the Division I level. She currently is tied for 10th in single-season steals with 43, while ranking tied for 10th in career steals with 102.
A DOUBLE DOUBLE-DOUBLE FOR KATIE...
Senior Katie Hilbig closed out the regular season with back-to-back double-doubles, notching 15 points and 12 rebounds versus San Diego State, while recording 11 points and 13 rebounds in the regular-season finale against New Mexico.
EFFECTIVE FROM LONG RANGE...
Air Force was effective from long range versus the Lobos, shooting a season-best 80 percent (4-of-5) from beyond the arc. Senior Alicia Leipprandt knocked down her only three-point attempt, while junior Cherae Medina was 3-of-4 from long range.
FORTY MINUTES OF HILBIG...
Senior Katie Hilbig never left the court against New Mexico, playing all 40 minutes versus the Lobos. Prior to Saturday's game, Hilbig's career high in minutes played was 36, recorded twice.