USAF Academy, Colo.
- The Falcons fumbled a 12-point first half lead, allowing Navy the chance to come from behind and steal the victory, 54-47, Friday night in Clune Arena, USAFA. The Falcons drop to 4-5 overall this season while the Mids improved to 4-3.
The game was a tale of two halves as the Falcons dominated the first half and fell flat in the second. Freshman forward Riley Snyder
, who has started in all contests this season, exploded on Navy with 13 first-half points and 20 on the game for a career-high. The Fruita, Colorado, native shot 3-3 from beyond the arc in the first 20 minutes of action. She finished 8-17 (.471) from the field with seven rebounds.
Junior forward Kassady Huffman
led the Falcons with eight rebounds and two blocks. Six of Huffman's rebounds were collected in the first half. Emily Conroe
also collected eight boards on the game while adding two points, two steals and a block. The Falcons shot 37.5% from deep and 83.3% from the free throw line in the first half, but went 0-6 from deep in the second half and had their lowest shooting percentage in the third quarter, shooting 2-11 (18.2%) from the field.
, who helped push the Falcons past Army, Nov. 21, had a tough day at the office, giving up a season-high 11 turnovers and shooting a season-low 2-9 from the field. She shot 3-4 from the free throw line.
Navy's Jennifer Coleman led the Midshipmen to victory with 10 points and 13 rebounds .
Air Force returns to the road for a weekend of action against West Coast opponents. The Falcons will take on Portland, Dec. 18, and No. 3 Oregon, Dec. 20. The games will mark Air Force's final non-conference contests of the season.
-Coach Joanne Kellogg, who coached Chris Gobrecht
and Stefanie Pemper at Huntington Beach HS, was in attendance for Friday's game.
-At the end of the first half, Snyder registered 13 points for a career-best first-half performance. She finished with a career-high 20 points
-The Falcons out-rebounded the Mids, 44-39.
-Navy went 0-7 from three-point range on the game.
First Quarter: Air Force 13, Navy 6
Starters: Venessannah Itugbu
, Emily Conroe
, Riley Snyder
, Alexis Springfield
, Kaelin Immel
-Air Force jumped out to an early lead by way of two buckets in the paint, followed up with Snyder going 2-2 from down range by the first media timeout.
-Snyder closed the quarter with eight points, while Huffman and Immel collected four boards apiece.
-Navy closed the quarter on a four-minute scoring drought
Second Quarter: Air Force 29, Navy 17
-Navy was plagued by missed shots in the first half, shooting 25.0% from the field and 0-3 from down range, while Air Force shot 33.3% from the field and 5-6 (83.3%) from the free throw line.
-Snyder drained her third (3-3) three-pointer to extend the Falcons to 25-13. She followed up with a bucket in the paint to further Air Force's lead.
-At the end of the quarter, Snyder registered 13 points for a career-best first-half performance. Snyder, along with leading rebounder Huffman, collected six boards apiece.
- Air Force held the first-half advantage in rebounds (28-20), steals (6-5) and blocks (3-0). Both teams turned the ball over nine times.
-The Falcons had a 14-point lead on two occasions in the second quarter.
Third Quarter: Air Force 37, Navy 37
-Air Force struck first with a bucket but Navy responded with a 6-0 run to chisel Air Force's lead down to eight (31-23).
-Navy battled to back to a tie by the end of the quarter, outscoring the Falcons, 20-8.
-Air Force experienced their worst shooting of the game, going 2-11 (18.2%) from the field
-Jennifer Coleman led Navy with six points and five rebounds on the quarter.
Fourth Quarter: Navy 54, Air Force 47
-The Falcons broke a six-minute scoring drought with two free throws by Noelle Tomes
-Snyder went on a four-point run to tie the Mids at 43
-Navy responded with a bucket, which was met with another from Snyder to tie at 45 and force the Navy timeout.
-Two buckets in the paint by Navy extended their lead to four with two minutes remaining in regulation.
-The Falcons ran the clock to 45-seconds, ending with a score from Conroe to bring Air Force within two.
-Coleman went on to do the same for Navy on the other side of the court to regain the lead, 51-47.
-Air Force turned the ball over two times in their attempt to comeback, forcing foul shots in which Navy went 3-4.