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Air Force falls to Boise State in Mountain West tournament to end their season

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Posted at 10:35 PM, Mar 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-03 00:35:54-05

LAS VEGAS — The Air Force women's basketball saw their season come to an end on Monday night in the Mountain West Conference tournament in Las Vegas.

The Falcons fell to Boise State, 73 to 50 in the quarterfinals. Air Force needed to win the whole tournament to make March Madness.

"We were on the road last Saturday. We were on the road last Monday. We came back and played a game on Thursday. We played a game on Sunday. And then we have to turn around and play a team like this that it's basically a track meet on Monday and they haven't played since last Monday," said Air Force head coach Chris Gobrecht. "They've been sitting around eating bonbons while we've been chasing all over the country and playing basketball games. And something like that has got to be figured out."

The Broncos were led by a career-high 23 points from senior forward A’Shanti Coleman.

"I think you saw tonight how good they are," added Gobrecht. "That's a very, very talented team that's been playing together for four years. Those kids have been together for four years. And they're very skilled."

Air Force, meanwhile, falls to 4-21 all-time in the MW tournament. All-Mountain West guard Kaelin Immel led the team with 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting, while freshman forward Riley Snyder added 14 points, giving her double digits in 10 of her last 11 games of the season.

"I think we've learned a lot through this year," said Immel. "I think having predominantly freshmen and sophomores, getting the opportunity to play that many minutes in all these games and having all these close games -- throughout the season we've only -- all the games we've lost have been within 10 points or so besides a few. And getting that experience and learning how to play through those close games and finally coming out on top towards the end of the season has been really beneficial for us. And I think we can take those experiences and learning how to push through close games from those and take that into next season. And hopefully we can start from the get-go knowing how to come out on top."

Air Force ends the season 10-21, but return every starter to the 2020-2021 season.