Air Force Defeats UNLV, 81-69, in Conference Home Opener

USAFA, Colo. - Three Falcons recorded double-doubles as the Air Force women's basketball team earned an 81-69 victory over UNLV Saturday afternoon in Clune Arena.

Senior Katie Hilbig (Castle Rock, Colo.) registered 14 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, Dymond James (Sr., Brambleton, Va.) added 14 points and a career-high-tying 15 rebounds and junior Cherae Medina (Jr., Denver, Colo.) registered 13 points and a career-best 10 assists. Meanwhile, Alicia Leipprandt (Sr., Ubly, Mich.) also scored in double figured for the Falcons, notching 13 points.

Hilbig's 16 rebounds were the most for an Air Force player since the 2008-09 season when Kim Kreke notched 19 rebounds on two occasions, while Medina's 10 assists were the most for a Falcon since the 2009-10 season.

Air Force (2-13, 1-1) led for all but the first two and a half minutes of the game. The Lady Rebels scored their first field goal just 11 seconds into the contest, but missed their next eight shots from the field, as the Falcons went on a 10-0 run to take over the lead.

While Air Force pushed its advantage to 12 points with just under 11 minutes remaining in the opening half, UNLV battled back to cut the deficit to 21-20 at the 5:50 mark. Still, the Lady Rebels could get no closer, as Air Force took a 36-29 lead into the intermission.

The Falcons continued to pull away after the break, leading by as many as 18 points with 7:36 remaining. The Lady Rebels were never able to get the margin back to single digits, as Air Force held on for its first conference win of the season.


Air Force attempted 40 free throws in the contest, as the two teams combined for 56 total fouls, including three technical fouls and a flagrant foul. The Falcons shot 28-of-40 (.700) from the stripe, including 18-of-23 in the second half alone.

Rebounding was a huge advantage for Air Force as well, as the Falcons outrebounded the Lady Rebels 60-37, getting 27 of their boards on the offensive glass.

UNLV (5-11, 1-1) was led by Danielle Miller with a game-high 21 points, Alana Cesarz added 13 points and senior Kelli Thompson notched 12 points and a team-best nine rebounds.

The Falcons remain at home for their next game, as they host in-state rival Colorado State Wednesday, Jan. 16, in a 7:00 p.m. contest.