BYU Women 42, Air Force 31

The Air Force women’s basketball team dropped a 42-31 Mountain West Conference game to BYU Saturday afternoon at Clune Arena. The Falcons dropped to 4-25, 0-16 while the Cougars improved to 18-10, 8-8.

The 73 total points was the lowest combined-scoring total in a game for Air Force this season. With tough defense being played on both ends, BYU shot 29.9 percent from the field while Air Force was 26.5 percent.

Cassie King led the Cougars with 15 points and five rebounds. Mindy Nielson added 11 points and four steals and Kristen Riley chipped in with three blocked shots.

Raimee Beck led Air Force with 14 points, hitting four three-point baskets. Kim Kreke added six points and 12 rebounds and Liz Dunsworth scored six and grabbed three boards.

By taking 13 more shots than the Falcons, BYU jumped out to a 25-16 halftime lead. Air Force hung around in the second-half, getting to within six points with 3:49 left in the game at 37-31. The Cougars went on to score the final five points the rest of the way to close out the game.

This was the final home game for Kreke and fellow senior Brooke Cultra. Cultra scored two points, grabbed seven rebounds and led the team with three assists. Prior to tipoff, Cultra, Kreke and fellow injured senior Dana Loveless were honored for their four years of contribution to Falcon women’s hoops.

The Falcons return to action Tuesday, March 10, at the 2009 Mountain West Conference Women’s Basketball Championships in Las Vegas. Air Force, playing at the ninth-seed, faces off against fourth-seeded New Mexico at 2 p.m. PST