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SDSU Women's Hoops Avenges Earlier Loss To Air Force, 77-61

Michelle Strawberry had a career-best 23 point in the win over Air Force.
Michelle Strawberry had a career-best 23 point in the win over Air Force.

Feb. 26, 2005

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USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - The San Diego State women's basketball team used a 54.8 field-goal percentage to earn its first road win of the season, defeating host Air Force 77-61 Saturday afternoon at Clune Arena. With the victory, its first in MWC play since the opener versus UNLV on Jan. 15, SDSU improved to 8-17 overall, 2-10 in conference play and moved into a seventh place tie with Air Force. The Falcons dropped to 7-18 overall and 2-10 in the MWC.

SDSU had three players finish in double-figures, including junior Michelle Strawberry (Corona, Calif.) who scored 11 of her career best 23 points in the first half. Senior Lindsey Casey (Odessa, Texas) tallied her best career offensive performance in a conference contest with 18 points, while freshman Marin McCue (Calgary, Alberta) scored 11 for the second outing in a row.

Freshman Ashley Cheesman (Orem, Utah) reached double-figures in rebounding for the second time this year with 10 and also added eight points before fouling out.

SDSU matched its season record for three-pointers with 130, one game after setting the record for attempts. The Aztecs were 6-for-13 from beyond the arc against Air Force and set season bests for most free throws and attempts with 25-for-38 from the charity stripe.

The Aztecs held the Falcons scoreless through the first 5:02, opening with a 6-0 lead, before Air Force came out of the first media timeout with a 6-0 run of its own to tie the score at 6-6. The Falcons took a momentary 8-6 advantage, but SDSU went back up by one with a bucket and a free throw by Strawberry.

The two sides traded leads two more times before a bucket by Cheesman gave the Aztecs a two-point advantage at 16-14. SDSU maintained that lead throughout the rest of the half, going up by as many as 10 point on McCue's second three-pointer at 35-25, before going into the locker room up by eight at 35-27.

The 35 points are the Aztecs' second-most in the first half of an MWC game in 2004-05, and the most in its 11 road contests this season.

Coming out of the half, SDSU, which shot 50 percent from the field in the first half, went up by 13 (46-29) on a Kate Eveland (Southlake, Texas) jumper from the foul line.

The Falcons stuck around, getting to within seven point on two occasions at 53-46 and 55-48, before the Aztecs went on a 9-2 run to jump out to a 14-point lead at 64-50.

Air Force would get as close as nine at 68-59 in the final minutes of the game, but was unable to come back, as the Aztecs avenged a 48-44 loss earlier this year with a 77-61 victory.

The Falcons were led by freshman Alicia Steele, who had 18 points before exiting the game due to injury.

SDSU heads back to San Diego for its final two regular season games of the year, starting Thursday versus Utah and finishing Saturday against Brigham Young.