Jan 29, 2011 8:14 PM by Jordan Mason
USAFA, Colo. - Overcoming an 11-point second-half deficit, the Air Force women's basketball team rallied for a 60-55 victory over TCU Saturday afternoon in Clune Arena. With the win, Air Force improves to 7-13 overall on the season and 2-5 in the Mountain West Conference. Meanwhile, TCU, which received votes in the latest AP poll, falls to 14-8 overall, 6-2 in the league.
The Falcons, whose only previous win over the Horned Frogs came in February 1988, have matched their best-ever start in Mountain West Conference play with a 2-5 record through seven games.
Air Force trailed 31-20 at the half, and despite scoring the first five points of the second stanza, were still down 48-37 with 8:51 left on the clock. However, the Falcons weren't ready to quit, putting together a 12-0 lead over the next three and a half minutes to take the lead. Sophomore Kelsey Berger (Mentor, Ohio) knocked down a pair of three-point baskets to help key the Falcons' run, while Jamela Satterfield (Jr., Sacramento, Calif.) converted on a three-point play to give Air Force a 49-48 advantage with just under five minutes to play.
While the Horned Frogs scored a bucket on their next possession, Berger hit a jumper to put the Falcons back ahead by one point. Air Force never trailed again, controlling the tempo and knocking down six free throws in the final 30 seconds to earn the win.
Air Force outshot TCU for the game, while also holding a 42-32 advantage on the boards. The Falcons also received 25 points from their bench, compared to just seven points for the Horned Frogs.
Sophomore Dymond James (Brambleton, Va.) led the Falcons' balanced offense with 11 points. Senior Raimee Beck (Blackfoot, Idaho) added nine points, while Berger, Alicia Leipprandt (So., Ubly, Mich.), Michelle Ivey (Fr., Stone Mountain, Ga.) and Megan Muniz (So., Rio Rancho, N.M.) added eight points each. Muniz also dished out a career-best seven assists, while Satterfield grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.
Starr Crawford registered a double-double to lead TCU, finishing with 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Emily Carter added 16 points.
The Falcons close out the first half of conference play on Wednesday, Feb. 2, when they head to Albuquerque, N.M., to take on New Mexico at 7:00 p.m.