Women’s Basketball hosts Navy in home opener – Air Force Academy Athletics

Women’s Basketball hosts Navy in home opener – Air Force Academy Athletics

Air Force (1-0) vs. Navy (0-1)

Clone Arena | United States of America, Colo.
Friday, November 11, 2022 – 11:00 AM MT
Air Force Navy West Mountain
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UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY, COLONIA – Fresh off a season-opening win in Denver, the Air Force women’s basketball team returns to Clone Arena to host Navy in its 2022-23 home opener on Friday at 11 a.m. .

Air Force Scouts

In a 67-63 win in Denver on Nov. 7, the junior forward Dasha McMillan By scoring 13 points, 5 rebounds and two assists in 29 minutes of the game, he finished the night as the best scorer of the Falcons. the elderly Camry Heath (G) and Nicky MacDonald (f) scored 12 and 10 points respectively. McDonald led the Falcons in rebounds, totaling seven.

Air Force Women’s Basketball roster 13 players in 2022-23, including the addition of six newcomers C4C (Fourth Class Cadet – Freshman) – Mackenzie Lee, Melanie Perry, Faith Shelton, Griffin Greenwood, Parker Brown, Emily Adams.

Perry, Shelton and Adams made their first career intercollegiate starts against Denver. The trio finished the night with a combined 16 points and 11 rebounds in a combined 52 minutes.

Heath returns for a fourth season with the Falcons with the program’s fourth-highest points per game in 2021-22 (7.6). Heath had the second-most punt returns this season (97). Joe Hantimer 117.

Huntimer returns to action in his second year for the Falcons, having quickly been instrumental in the success of the 2021-22 program in his inaugural season. To open her collegiate career, Hantimer set a new mark for assists by a freshman in the program’s Division I era (122), the most since Kali Quinn (1994-95). Hantimer’s 2.14 assist-to-turnover ratio was fifth in the MW and 32nd nationally.

Navy Scouts

The Midshipmen (0-1) opened their season Monday with a 79-64 loss at William & Mary.

In a game that marked the first career start with seven freshmen for Navy, junior Syden Watts led the offense, shooting 10-17 from the field with four three-pointers en route to a game-high 28. It was a professional privilege. Among the nine freshmen on Navy’s 2022-23 roster, Keith Samson posted a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Maren Loridas joined him with 11 points on 4-8 shooting and three three-pointers. .

The 2021-22 Midshipmen finished the season with a 10-21 record, but were able to earn an eighth-seed bid in the Patriot League Tournament, where they defeated Colgate and Holy Cross en route to a fourth-place finish. Bucknell in the conference semifinals.

Coach G to gain ground

Chris Gobrecht He is currently in his 43rd season as a head coach. Gobrasht’s coaching resume includes 599 career victories, which ranks 16th among active head coaches in Division I women’s basketball. Gobrasht 600the seventh Win – and 57the seventh As head coach of the Falcons – tied him for most wins by a program by a head coach since joining Division I in 1996.

Gobrecht was named the 2021-22 Mountain West Coach of the Year after Air Force’s successful 2021-22 campaign – a season that marked Gobrecht’s fourth career WNIT appearance as a head coach, and Air Force’s first postseason appearance and next win in program history. – 64 were identified. -60 win over WCC opponent San Francisco on March 17th.

Last time out

Air Force opened the 2022-23 season with a 67-63 victory in Denver. On a night where the game script was largely not in favor of the visiting team, the Falcons were able to find success late at the free throw line and close out the game at 17-18 (.944). All 18 tries came in the second half and 14 of those came in the final quarter. The Falcons’ first trip to the line didn’t come until six minutes into the third.

“(We started off) a little aggressive … then we kind of settled down and started being ourselves,” Gobrecht said. For a team that had never played together before, it was a lot to follow. A lot of communication was required and it just took a while to get our footing.

Jr. with Air Force up 63-61 with less than 10 seconds left in the contest Kayla Pilson (8 pts 2 REB 1 STL) A Denver inbounds pass went right into McDonald’s hands, forcing the Pioneers to foul. A combined four free throws from McDonald and the sophomore Joe Hantimer It marked the victory of the Air Force.

Full time vs. Navy

The Midshipmen hold a 13-3 edge over Air Force in the all-time series. An Air Force win snaps a nine-game losing streak dating back to 2008-09 under coach Ardie McInally – a 65-62 win for the Falcons at Clone Arena.

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