Air Force Hosts Service Academy Rival Navy

Nov. 25, 2012

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The Air Force women's basketball team continues its four-game homestand on Monday, Nov. 26, as it hosts service-academy rival Navy. The contest is slated to begin at 7:00 p.m. in Clune Arena.

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Series History: Navy leads, 7-3
Last Meeting: Air Force and Navy last met on Nov. 28, 2011, with the Midshipmen taking a 71-59 victory in Annapolis.
• Military Appreciation Weekend - All active military, and their immediate family, receive free admission to the game.

In its first home game of the regular season, Air Force was edged 72-68 by service-academy rival Army Friday evening in Clune Arena.

The Falcons shot a season-high 49 percent and outrebounded the Black Knights, but gave up a large margin at the free throw line, as Army knocked down 32-of-46 foul shots.

Senior Alicia Leipprandt led three Falcons in double-figures, scoring a season-high 23 points. Dymond James registered her second double-double of the season, finishing with 13 points and 14 rebounds, while Katie Hilbig added 11 points.

Air Force enters Monday's game with an 0-4 record after dropping a 72-68 decision to Army on Friday night.

Senior Alicia Leipprandt leads the Falcons in scoring with 14.3 points per contest, while Dymond James adds 12.5 points and a league-high 8.5 rebounds per game. In addition, junior Cherae Medina leads the Falcons with 3.8 assists per game.

Navy currently holds a 3-3 overall record, including an 0-2 mark in road games. The Midshipmen are coming off a 72-48 neutral site victory over Jackson State on Saturday.

Kara Pollinger, who scored a game-high 24 points against Jackson State, leads the Mids with 15.0 points per game, while Alix Membreno and Jade Geif add 12.8 and 12.0 points per contest, respectively, Membreno and Geif also lead Navy in rebounding, each averaging 7.7 boards per game.

With 13 points and 14 rebounds against Army on Friday evening, senior captain Dymond James notched her second double-double of the season and 12th of her career. She ranks second amongst current Mountain West players in career double-doubles, while her 14 career double-figure rebounding games also rank second in the Mountain West.

James' first double-double of the season came against Longwood on Nov. 12, when she notched 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Senior Alicia Leipprandt reached 20 points for the first time this season in the game versus Army, finishing the contest with 23 points. It was the ninth 20+ point performance of Leipprandt's career, which ranks fourth amongst current Mountain West players.

Air Force shot a season-best 49.1 percent from the field against Army on Friday evening, including 59.1 percent in the first half alone.

Leading the way offensively for the Falcons was senior Alicia Leipprandt, who shot a career-best .889 from the field (8-of-9) and converted on both of her three-point field goal attempts.

In addition to posting season highs in points and field goal percentage versus Army on Friday, Air Force also handed out a season-best 14 assists. Junior Cherae Medina paced the Falcons, dishing out a career-high-tying six assists with just one turnover. Meanwhile, senior forward Dymond James added a career-best five assists.

Army had a significant advantage at the free throw line against Air Force on Friday evening, knocking down 32 of 46 foul shots. The Black Knights' free throws made and attempted were the most by an Air Force opponent in the past 10 seasons.

In addition, Army became just the second Air Force opponent to make at least 30 free throws in a game in that same span and the third to attempt at least 40 free throws. In the 2006-07 season, Utah hit 30 foul shots against the Falcons, while Bryant (42) and Wyoming (41) each attempted over 40 free throws during the 2010-11 season.

After opening the season with three straight games on the road, its longest road stretch of the season, Air Force is in the midst its longest homestand of the year, playing four contests at home in a span of eight days.

The Falcons host the annual Air Force Classic next weekend, Nov. 30-Dec. 1. Air Force will take on UMKC on Friday and San Diego on Saturday, while Mountain West foe Boise State will also participate in the tournament.