LAS VEGAS, Nevada The 10th-seeded Air Force Falcons battled hard for four quarters but came up short of a win, falling to the seventh-seeded San Diego State Aztecs, 63-55, in the first round of the Air Force Reserve Mountain West Basketball Championship, Sunday evening at the Thomas and Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada. The Falcons finalize the 2019 campaign with an 8-22 overall record and a 4-11 mark in league play.
Air Force was led by four individuals with double-figure scoring marks, highlighted by a double-double performance from Emily Conroe, who put the Falcons up early with two three-balls in the first quarter. Conroe scored 10 points, making three-of-four Air Force three-balls on the game, while collecting a game-high 10 rebounds --it was her third double-double this season. She also added two steals, an assist and a block her stat line.
Sophomore co-team captain Kaelin Immel scored 12 points alongside freshman teammates Riley Snyder and Haley Jones who also registered 12 points apiece. Immel was the only other Falcon besides Conroe to hit a three-pointer. Jones recorded a personal-best five assists on the night while adding five rebounds and a block to her stat line. Snyder, who was perfect from the free throw line (4-4) and shot 50.0-percent from the field on the game, also recorded a personal-best two blocks. She has 15 double-figure scoring marks on the season.
Freshman point guard Briana Autrey, who played for a game-high 37-minutes, recorded five assists on the night, tying a personal-best for this season. The Suffolk, Virginia, native tallied four points and snatched a game-high four steals but went on to turn the ball over eight times, another game-high mark.
The Aztecs were led by Mallory Adams who scored 20 points while shooting 8-13 from the field. Adams also collected a team-high nine rebounds. Teammate Sophia Ramos accounted for 14 points of the final tally and added a team-high three assists to her stat line.
The Falcons were out-rebounded, 39-33, but turned the ball over less than the Aztecs (14-16). There was a significant difference in points in the paint as San Diego State scored 40 down low while Air Force added 22 from within the box. Both benches put up just a few points with the Aztec bench outscoring the Air Force bench, six to five.