The Air Force women’s basketball team dropped a 55-37 Mountain West Conference game to San Diego State in front of a season-best crowd of 2,023 Saturday afternoon at Clune Arena. The Falcons dropped to 4-18, 0-9 while the Aztecs improved to 16-5, 7-2.
The duo of Quenese Davis and Paris Johnson combined to score 37 points for SDSU. Davis led the Aztecs with 22 points, seven assists and seven rebounds. Johnson scored 15 to go with five rebounds and three blocked shots.
Air Force was led by sophomore Raimee Beck and senior Kim Kreke. Beck scored 14 points, had four rebounds and was 7-of-8 from the free throw line. Kreke scored six points and recorded 14 rebounds.
Fueled by a loud contingent of cadet fans, the Falcons played one of their best games in conference play, hanging tough with the MWC’s second-place team. Air Force led for much of the first-half until SDSU went on an 8-1 run over the last three minutes of play to lead 22-17 at the half.
The Falcons played stellar defense in the first-half limiting the Aztecs to 35.7 percent shooting from the field. Air Force also didn’t allow SDSU to take advantage of turnovers as the the Aztecs were limited to just four points off turnovers.
Despite a tough shooting night (20.8 percent from the field), Air Force stayed in the game by getting to the free throw line and out-rebounding San Diego State 39-29. The Falcons got to the line 18 times, making 14.
Air Force got within four points of SDSU at 39-35 with 5:37 left to go, put the Aztecs pulled away late.
The Falcons got some much-needed offense off the bench by sophomore Stevie Puentes. Puentes scored eight points to go with three rebounds and hit her first two three-point attempts. Sophomore Liz Dunsworth added five points and five rebounds. Freshman Anna Gault led the team with three assists and freshman Jamela Satterfield added three rebounds.
The Falcons return to action Wednesday, Feb. 11, at New Mexico. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. MST