Feb 14, 2010 7:52 AM
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - The Air Force women's basketball team dropped a 78-53 game to BYU Saturday afternoon at Clune Arena. The loss dropped the Falcons to 3-21, 0-11 on the season and lifted the Cougars to 16-6, 7-3.
Four Cougars reached double figures in scoring, led by Jazmine Foreman's 17 points. Foreman also led BYU with five steals and five assists. Mindy Bonham followed with 13 points and Kristen Riley and Corianne Wood both scored 10 points.
Freshman guard Alicia Leipprandt led Air Force with 12 points and six rebounds. Junior guard Raimee Beck followed with 10 points and tied a career-high with six assists. Senior forward Kathleen Schjodt and freshman forward Katie Hilbig added eight points each. Hilbig also tied for the team-lead with six rebounds.
Air Force faced another team going with a full-court press the entire game and struggled to hold onto the ball. The Falcons were forced into 26 turnovers and allowed the Cougars to dominate the points-off-turnovers battle 35-12. Air Force did have a strong game on the boards however, out-rebounding BYU 34-27.
The first-half was a back-and-forth affair as big runs carried both teams. The Falcons started the game hot, leading 8-2 three minutes in. BYU then went on a 13-0 run to lead 15-8 after seven minutes of play. Air Force responded with a 16-8 run over the next seven minutes to lead 24-23 with 7:36 left in the first-half. BYU closed out with a 14-2 run to lead 37-27 at the break.
Air Force returns to action Saturday, Feb. 20, hosting New Mexico. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.