Air Force Unable To Hold Off Army West Point

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USAF ACADEMY, Colo. Air Force women’s basketball dropped a 65-59 contest to Army West Point Saturday afternoon at Clune Arena. Senior Cortney Porter led the Falcons with 18 points and sophomore Sarah Pierce chipped in with 14.

Air Force held a seven-point lead after three quarters of play at 50-43. The Falcons went cold late, as the Black Knights rallied with a 22-9 scoring advantage in the fourth quarter to pull out the win.

Madison Hovren led three players in double-figures for Army with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Margaret Anne Hubbell scored 12 and Libby Tacka added 10.

In addition to her 18 points, Porter had seven rebounds, five assists and three steals to lead Air Force. The senior went 10-of-11 from the free throw line. Pierce scored 14 points to go with three assists and two steals in 27 minutes off the bench.

Senior Dee Bennett pulled down 10 rebounds for the Falcons. Freshman Emily Conroe added nine points and a team-high four steals and freshman Kailin Immel scored eight with three steals.

Air Force forced Army West Point into 25 turnovers, recording 16 steals. The Falcons struggled in the rebounding department, getting out-rebounded 44-27 and 17-9 on the offensive boards. Air Force did a good job of getting to the free throw line, connecting on 19 of 25 attempts (76 percent).

“I thought we went toe-to-toe against a quality Army team,” Air Force head coach Chris Gobrecht said. “They took control of the game late with several offensive rebounds and hit a couple more shots than us at the end. Army has a well-coached program under Dave Magarity and their toughness and pressure defense are a great roadmap of a good service academy team and something we can aspire towards. I don’t know if its youth, or bad breaks, but we’ve played four very close games and we’re still searching for a way to close out games.”

The Falcons trailed the Black Knights early on 15-12 after the first quarter and 31-28 at halftime. Air Force out-scored Army 22-12 in the third quarter, building their lead to as many as eight points. Army rallied back in the fourth, making 54 percent of its shots in the final quarter, while the Falcons were held to 20 percent shooting.

Air Force returns to action Thursday, Dec. 7, at Utah Valley.