LOGAN, Utah -
Ninth-seeded Utah State women's basketball (7-22, 5-13 MW) is set to open competition at the 2018 Mountain West Championships on Monday, March 5, as it takes on No. 8 Air Force (5-24, 5-13 MW) at 3 p.m. (MT) in the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev.
For the fifth consecutive year, the Mountain West Network will provide comprehensive coverage of the Mountain West Basketball Championships, which will be held March 5-10 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. All 10 women's tournament games, as well as the three men's first round contests, will be broadcast exclusively by the MWN. In addition, postgame press conference from all 20 tournament games will be available live through a variety of network and social platforms. Utah State women’s basketball games are also broadcast on the radio on 92.3 KBLU, with Jaden Johnson on the call. The games will be streamed on the air and online. Live stats will also be available for each game of the tournament. Links to each option will be available online prior to every game.
Air Force begins the Mountain West Championships with a 5-24 overall record, going 5-13 in conference play. The Falcons won their last two games of the regular season with a home win against Wyoming (57-57) and a road victory at San José State (66-60).
Air Force returned four starters and two additional letterwinners to its roster this season. A year ago, the Falcons posted a 4-25 overall record, going 2-16 against Mountain West opponents. Freshman guard Kaelin Immel leads the Falcon offense averaging 14.8 points per game, while senior forward Dee Bennett averages a team-high 6.2 rebounds per game. As a team, Air Force is averaging 55.7 points per game while shooting 34.7 percent (156-of-449) from the field, 26.0 percent (107-of-412) from the 3-point line and 67.1 percent (331-of-493) from the free throw line. Chris Gobrecht is in her third season as the head coach at Air Force, where she has an overall record of 10-77.
Utah State leads the all-time series against Air Force, 9-3, in games dating back to the 2004-05 season. The teams split their two contests this season, with each team winning its home game. The Falcons took a 57-50 victory at the Air Force Academy, while the Aggies posted a 57-55 win in Logan last week.
Sophomore guard Olivia West is the leading scorer for the Aggies, averaging 12.3 points per game, while sophomore guard/forward Shannon Dufficy is the top rebounder, averaging 8.2 boards per game. As a team, Utah State is shooting 39.0 percent (653-of-1674) from the field, 26.7 percent (119-of-445) from the 3-point line and 72.5 percent (293-of-404) from the free throw line.
Fans can follow USU women's basketball on Twitter, @USUWBasketball, on Instagram, @USUWBasketball, as well as on Facebook, at /USUWBB. Aggie fans can also follow Utah State Athletics on Twitter, @USUAthletics, on Instagram, @USUAthletics and on Facebook at /USUAthletics.
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