LAS VEGAS, Nev. The Air Force women's basketball team was tripped up in Las Vegas, falling to the Lady Rebels, 66-56, Wednesday afternoon, in the Thomas and Mack Center. The Falcons drop to 5-11 overall with a 1-4 mark in MWC action while UNLV improves to 4-11 with a 2-2 mark in league play.
Freshman guard Haley Jones had a strong performance, scoring a team-high 13 points to tie her personal-best mark for the third time. Jones also snagged a career-best seven steals while shooting 5-11 from the field for the best shooting-percentage on the team. Sophomore co-captain Kaelin Immel had 12 points and led the team with five rebounds and three assists while sophomore teammate Emily Conroe dropped 11 points while shooting a perfect 5-5 from the free-throw line. The Falcons' bench combined for 24 points led by Noelle Tomes with five points.
Air Force's defense caused the Rebels to turn the ball over 27 times while the Falcons gave up the ball 17 times. UNLV crashed the boards, collecting 41 rebounds to Air Force's 25. The Rebels shot 47.7 percent from the field while the Falcons shot 30.2 percent.
The Rebels were led by Katie Powell who scored 19 points and collected a game-high 11 rebounds. Two Rebels had double-figure scoring performances.
Air Force returns to the Academy to host Nevada in MWC action, Saturday, Jan. 19. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m. in Clune Arena. The Falcons will be partnering with Special Olympics Colorado to host and honor Special Olympics athletes at the game.
Friends and family of Special Olympics members can get a $4 ticket to the game if they mention Special Olympics at the box office upon entering Clune Arena. Special Olympics athletes from Special Olympics Colorado are slated to compete in a scrimmage during halftime.