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Air Force women's basketball opens season with 75-54 loss

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Air Force women’s basketball opened the 2017 season with a 75-54 setback to Denver Friday night at Clune Arena.  Freshman Kaelin Immel led the Falcons with nine points. 

Denver opened up a one-point halftime game with a 29-14 third quarter to pull away.  The Pioneers were paced by Madison Nelson’s 26 points.  Samantha Romanowski added 14 points.

The Falcons hung tough early, holding Denver to 13 points in the first quarter and just six in the second.  The score was 19-18 in DU’s favor at halftime.

Air Force got even contribution across the board as seven players posted six-or-more points.  Seniors Dee Bennett and Erika Chapman and sophomore Sarah Pierce scored seven points each.  Senior Cortney Porter and freshmen Sophie Bynum and Alexis Springfield added six points each.

The Falcons played five freshmen on the night, with Immel and Bynum earning starts in their debuts.  Freshmen Emily Conroe and Naomi Hughes also made their debuts. 

Sophomore Jenn Urbaniak also made her Air Force debut, with three minutes in reserve.  Urbaniak missed her entire freshman season due to injury.  Pierce also played her first game in nearly a year as well.  Pierce returned from an jury suffered in just the second game of her freshman campaign.

Air Force did a good job of getting to the free throw line, attempting 34 free throw’s, compared to 23 for Denver.  The Falcons blocked four shots on the night, with Conroe leading the way with two.

Air Force returns to action Tuesday, Nov. 14, hosting Eastern Washington. 

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