Air Force Opens Home Slate Versus Army
Nov. 22, 2012
The Air Force women's basketball team hosts its first home game of the 2012-13 season this Friday, Nov. 23, as it takes on service-academy rival Army. The contest is slated to begin at 8:00 p.m. in Clune Arena.
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Series History: Series tied, 7-7
Last Meeting: Air Force and Army last met on Nov. 25, 2009, with the Black Knights capturing a 60-42 victory at West Point.
PJ'ammin Night - Fans wearing pajamas to the game will receive $1 tickets.
Military Appreciation Weekend - All active military receive free admission to the game.
LAST TIME OUT...
In its third-straight game away from home, Air Force dropped an 83-51 decision to Idaho State on Saturday. The Falcons shot just 27.7 percent from the floor, while the Bengals shot nearly 45 percent, knocking down nine three-pointers.
SCOUTING THE FALCONS...
Air Force enters Friday's contest with an 0-3 record after its 83-51 road loss to Idaho State on Saturday.
Senior Dymond James is averaging 12.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game to lead the Falcons, while classmate Alicia Leipprandt is adding 11.3 points per contest. In addition, junior Cherae Medina, who is shooting 50 percent from beyond the arc, leads the Falcons with 3.0 assists per game.
SCOUTING THE BLACK KNIGHTS...
Army enters Friday's game with a 4-1 overall record, including a 3-0 mark on the road, following its 77-58 victory at Weber State on Wednesday evening.
Four players are averaging in double figures scoring for the Black Knights, led by freshman Aimee Oertner who is averaging a double-double with a team-best 13.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per contest. Anna Simmers, who scored 26 points against Weber State, is averaging 12.8 points per game, while Olivia Schretzman and Jen Hawlett add 11.2 and 11.0 points per contest, respectively.
SERVICE ACADEMY RIVALS...
This season, Air Force begins its home slate with two straight games against its service academy rivals in Army and Navy. After hosting the Black Knights on Friday evening, the Falcons will take on the Midshipmen on Monday night.
Air Force's all-time series against Army is tied at 7-7, with each team holding a 4-2 advantage at home (the teams are 1-1 at neutral sites). However, the Black Knights have won their last two contests against the Falcons, with the last meeting coming in 2009.
The Falcons finally return to the Academy this week for their first home game of the regular season. Air Force opened the year with three straight games on the road, marking the Falcons' longest road stretch of the season. For the rest of the year, Air Force will not play more than two straight games away from Clune Arena.
Meanwhile, the Falcons will play their next four contests at home in a span of just eight days.
AT THE CHARITY STRIPE...
After struggling from the free throw line in their first two games of the season, the Falcons had a strong performance at the charity stripe against Idaho State, knocking down 24-of-26 foul shots. Their 92.9 free throw percentage was the highest for the team since the 2008-09 season.
BENCH SCORING AGAINST THE BENGALS...
Against Idaho State on Saturday, Air Force received 42 of its 51 points from the bench. Senior Dymond James led the way, coming off the bench to score 17 points.
Several of the Falcons' reserves saw career-high scoring totals against the Bengals, including freshmen Missy Byrd and Madeleine Philpot, who registered nine and six points, respectively. In addition, sophomore Lindsey Lewis and freshman Lindsey Stimeling, each playing in their first career game, added six and two points, respectively.
The Falcons host another service academy rival on Monday, Nov. 26, as they take on Navy in a 7:00 p.m. contest.