New Mexico Women 73, Air Force Women 39

The Air Force women’s basketball team dropped a 73-39 contest to New Mexico in Mountain West Conference action Saturday afternoon at Clune Arena. The loss drops the Falcons to 4-11, 0-2 while the Lobos improved to 13-2, 2-0.

Three Lobos reached double figures, led by Amy Beggin, who had game-high’s of 16 points and nine rebounds. Angela Hartill added 11 points and six rebounds and Sara Halasz had 10 points and three rebounds off the bench for UNM.

Senior Kim Kreke was the leading scorer for the Falcons with 10 points to go with six rebounds and two blocked shots. Brooke Cultra added nine points and nine rebounds to go with two blocked shots.

Air Force had a tough go of things in the first-half, as cold shooting lifted New Mexico to a 33-12 halftime lead. The Falcons shot just 20.8 percent from the field in the opening stanza.

Despite a down afternoon from the field, the Falcons managed to get to the free throw line in the second half, so score 27 second-half points. Entering the game leading the nation in free throw shooting percentage (82.7), the Falcons went 14-of-18 from the line, good for a 77.8 percentage.

Sophomore Jenny Bandi notched a career-high four points off the bench and freshman Amber Wilmore notched career bests with two points and two rebounds.

The Falcons return to action Wednesday, Jan. 14 at Utah