USAFA, Colo. – A second-half rally by the Falcons fell short, as the Air Force women’s basketball team dropped its home opener to Northern Colorado, 71-60, at Clune Arena Tuesday evening.
The Falcons went into the intermission with a 48-27 deficit, but scored the first nine points of the second half to cut the margin to 12 points. Northern Colorado was able to regain its 21-point lead, holding a 62-41 advantage with just over eight and a half minutes remaining, but Air Force again battled back, leaving the Bears without a field goal for the remainder of the game. The Falcons were able to get within nine points in the final minute of the contest, but missed shots down the stretch as Northern Colorado held on for the victory.
Junior Jimi Blagowsky (Edmond, Okla.) led Air Force’s offense, scoring a career-high-tying 19 points, while senior Cherae Medina (Denver, Colo.) added nine points, including the Falcons’ last six points of the game, and a team-leading five assists.
The Bears shot over 54 percent from the field and held a 40-33 advantage on the boards, but were forced into 24 turnovers. Meanwhile, the Falcons, who shot 40 percent (6-of-15) from long range, shot just 33.9 percent from the field. The two teams combined for 39 fouls, with Northern Colorado scoring its last 10 points at the free throw line.
Northern Colorado was led by Stephanie Lee with 22 points and nine rebounds, with Kim Lockridge added 22 points.
The Falcons are back in action this Saturday, Nov. 16, when they host in-state rival Denver in a 1:00 p.m. contest.