OREM, Utah Air Force women’s basketball dropped a 59-56 contest to Utah Valley Thursday night at the UCCU Center. Freshman Emily Conroe led the Falcons with 21 points.
Air Force’s struggles to close out games continued, as it could not hold an eight point lead with under six minutes to play. Utah Valley closed out the game with a 13-2 run to pull out the win. In a season of tough, close losses, it was Air Force’s fourth loss by three-or-fewer points this season.
Conroe shot 7 of 13 from the field and a perfect 6 of 6 from the free throw line. The freshman also led the Falcons with four steals.
Freshman Kailin Immel scored nine points and sophomore Sarah Pierce added eight. Senior Cortney Porter and freshman Naomi Hughes scored six points each. Porter had six assists and three steals and Hughes added six rebounds.
Taylor Christensen led Utah Valley with 17 points and nine rebounds. Leya Harvey added 12 points.
The Falcons battled back from several deficits to take control of the game late. Trailing by five, Air Force went on a 13-0 run in the fourth quarter to take a 54-46 lead with 5:43 to play. The Falcons could not hold the lead as the Wolverines rallied back. Utah Valley took the lead for good on a running jumper by Christensen with 46 seconds left.
Right at the end, the Falcons had a chance to take a lead and then two chances to tie, but were unable to make the shots.
Air Force shot 40 percent from the field and 79 percent from the free throw line. The Falcons forced 14 steals and blocked six shots on the night.
Air Force returns to action Saturday, Dec. 9, at Weber State.