LOGAN, Utah Air Force's explosive fourth quarter propelled the Falcons to a 62-45 win over Utah State in Mountain West Conference action, Wednesday evening in Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Air Force, which had four players score in the double-figures, improved to 2-2 in league play and 4-11 on the season.
Junior co-team captain Emily Conroe had the performance of the night as she registered her third double-double this season with 11 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Conroe's defensive rebounding was exceptional as the guard out of Fredericksburg, Virginia, collected 11 defensive boards, helping to tie her season-high rebounding mark while setting a new career-high standard for defensive rebounds. Conroe also picked off a career-high six steals, flirting with a triple-double for the first time this season.
Air Force's top-three scorers, Kaelin Immel, Riley Snyder and Briana Autrey-Thompson, also put up double-figure scoring marks, making good on last game's scoring rut. Snyder and Autrey-Thompson led the team with 15 points apiece while Immel tallied 14.
Autrey-Thompson led the Falcons in shooting, hitting 83-percent from the field (5-6), and 100-percent at the free throw line (4-4). The sophomore point guard also registered a game-high four assists. Snyder, who shot 50-percent from the field (4-8), drained all six of her free throw attempts, marking her seventh perfect game from the line this season.
Air Force shot 47-percent from the field (23-49), and 100-percent from the line (11-11) on the game.
Sophomore guard Haley Jones helped round out the Falcons' solid performance, collecting seven rebounds and picking off a game-high four steals.
The Aggies were led by 6-2 senior forward Hailey Bassett who scored a game high 20 points. Bassett, who leads the league in blocks, also added six rebounds, three blocks and two steals to her stat line.
The Falcons opened up strong with an 8-0 scoring run highlighted by a five-point rush out of the gates by Briana Autrey-Thompson. The Aggies responded with a 6-0 run by the media timeout. Riley Snyder and Autrey-Thompson found had a good shooting rhythm, knocking down two attempts apiece including two of the four three-pointers drained by Air Force on the quarter. The Falcons led Utah State, 16-13, at the end of the first quarter.
The Falcons maintained the lead heading into the second-quarter media timeout (5:00), 20-16; however, it was the Aggies who closed the quarter on a scoring run, tying the Falcons at 26 heading into the halftime break. Snyder led the Falcons with nine first-half points, shooting 80-percent from the field. As a team, Air Force shot 44-percent from the field in the first half.
The Falcons and Aggies were neck-and-neck through the third quarter with both teams struggling to hit shots. Air Force shot 33-percent from the field while Utah State shot just 20-percent, giving the Falcons a chance to take a 38-35 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Kaelin Immel got the Falcons fired up early in the quarter as she drew a shooting foul from beyond the arc, sinking a three-pointer and finishing the four-point play to give Air Force a seven-point lead, 42-35. Emily Conroe followed up with a bucket soon-after to give the Falcons their largest lead of the game, 44-35. Air Force continued to take flight, building their lead to 15 points, 54-39, by the fourth quarter media timeout (4:20). The Falcons powered through to the final horn, shooting an impressive 67-percent on the quarter to put the Aggies away, 62-45.
Next up, Air Force hosts New Mexico in Mountain West Conference action, Saturday (Jan. 11) at 2 p.m. MT, in Clune Arena.