USAFA, Colo. – The visiting Pioneers shot over 59 percent from the field, as the Air Force women’s basketball team dropped a 72-64 contest to Denver Saturday afternoon in Clune Arena.
Senior Cherae Medina (Denver, Colo.) led four Falcons scoring in double figures, finishing with 14 points. Junior Jimi Blagowsky (Edmond, Okla.) added 11 points, including three baskets from long range, while Camille Thompson (Sr., McDonough, Ga.) and Missy Byrd (So., Decatur, Ga.) each chipped in 10 points.
The score was close throughout the opening half, featuring 10 lead changes, but the Pioneers began to pull away in the final minutes of the period, taking a 35-30 advantage at the intermission. Shooting 75 percent from the field in the second half alone, Denver eventually pushed its advantage to 56-42 midway through the half.
Blagowsky, who had struggled offensively throughout the game, responded with a three-pointer as the shot clock expired to ignite a 9-0 Air Force run, but the Falcons were unable to get any closer than five points the rest of the way.
Denver, which was led by Theresa Wirth’s 19 points and 12 rebounds, held a 36-25 advantage on the glass, while Air Force registered 11 steals and forced the Pioneers into 24 turnovers.
The Falcons have a 10-day break before returning to action Tuesday, Nov. 26, with a non-conference road game at Weber State.