Nov 24, 2010 1:54 AM
USAFA, Colo. - Despite shooting over 53 percent for the game, the Air Force women's basketball team suffered a heartbreaking 91-87 loss to UT Martin Tuesday evening at Clune Arena. The Falcons fall to 1-4 on the season, while the Skyhawks improve to 3-2.
Senior captain Raimee Beck (Blackfoot, Idaho) led Air Force with 17 points and six rebounds, while sophomore Kelsey Berger (Mentor, Ohio) added 15 points. Also scoring in double figures for the Falcons was Dymond James (So., Brambleton, Va.) with 14 points and a team-high seven rebounds.
The game was a back-and-forth affair, which included seven ties and nine lead changes. UT Martin took its largest advantage in the first half, leading by eight points (30-22) with just under seven minutes to play before intermission. Air Force battled back, grabbing the lead with a three-pointer by sophomore Megan Muniz (Rio Rancho, N.M.) with 3:06 on the clock. The Falcons closed out the half on a strong note, leading 46-42 at the half.
Air Force stretched out its advantage after the break, eventually taking a 67-54 lead with three free throws from Beck at the 13:07 mark. However, the Skyhawks began to make a run, outscoring the Falcons 18-5 over the next six and a half minutes. UT Martin regained the lead with 3:43 to play, and quickly extended the margin to eight points.
The Falcons rallied down the stretch, and with back-to-back three-pointers from Berger, came within 85-84 with just over a minute remaining in regulation. However, UT Martin made six free throws in the final minute to seal the victory.
Air Force shot a season-best 53.7 percent from the field, including 61.5 percent (8-of-13) from three-point range. The Falcons also dished out a season-high 21 assists, led by Alicia Leipprandt (So., Ubly, Mich.) with a career-high nine assists. However, turnovers were again an issue for Air Force, which committed 21 miscues in the game, including 12 in the second half.
The Skyhawks had a pair of players-freshmen Heather Butler and Jasmine Newsome-who scored 28 points each, while Jaclissa Haislip added 17 points and a game-high nine rebounds.
The Falcons are back in action Sunday, Nov. 28, when they host Colorado Christian in a 2:00 p.m. contest.