FRESNO, Calif. — The Falcons’ conference-leading defense was uncharacteristically watered down by the Bulldogs on Saturday, as Fresno State finished the day nearly 60 percent from the field in the Air Force’s 75-67 loss.
In the 4th quarter however, Riley Snyder made Air Force history when she passed Kaelin Immel as the most prolific Division I scorer on the program. His three-pointer with 5:20 remaining in regulation gave him a grand total of 1,534 points, surpassing Immel’s school record of 1,531 points.
Snyder finished the day with 15 points to lead the Air Force, his 1,538 career points being 4th all-time in program history.
Cierra Winters and Kamri Heath each finished with 11 points, with Heath knocking down five of his six field goal tries. Lauren McDonald was 2-7 from long range, as she eventually finished with 10 points. After a few minutes as a rookie to start the season, McDonald’s is averaging 9.7 PPG over his last 12 games.
Jo Hunter’s five assists were a high shared with Fresno State’s Haley Cavinder. Hunter now has 103 assists in her freshman season, fourth among freshmen since 1996.
In many ways, Saturday was heavily played toward the Air Force’s winning formula. The Falcons forced 19 turnovers, edging Fresno State 22-2 in points on turnovers. However, Fresno State finished the day shooting 59.5%, including 9-16 three-pointers (56.3%). The Air Force entered the day allowing just 27.3 percent of opposing three-point shots to fall.
Despite the Air Force leading in the 4th quarter, the Bulldogs just couldn’t miss, connecting on 16 of 21 shots in the second half. The Bulldogs closed the game shooting 82% in the final quarter. The Falcons end the day 4th overall in the Mountain West Conference with one regular season game to play.
Then the Air Force returns home to wrap up the 2022 regular season, hosting San Diego State on Wednesday, March 2. Tipping is due at 6:30 PM MT.
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