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Air Force women's basketball can escape last place with victory Saturday at Utah State

February 23, 2018 Updated: February 23, 2018 at 2:22 pm
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photo - Dee Bennett takes a shot for Air Force. (From Air Force Athletics)
Dee Bennett takes a shot for Air Force. (From Air Force Athletics) 

The Air Force women will try to play their way out of last place Saturday.

With a win at Utah State, the Falcons (3-23, 3-12 Mountain West) would break a tie and move one game ahead of the Aggies (5-21, 3-12). Because Air Force would have then swept the season series following a 57-50 victory on Jan. 24 at Clune Arena, it would own the tiebreaker. So the Falcons would essentially have a two-game lead with two games remaining as they would seek to avoid finishing in last place for the first time since 2012-13.

That was the goal coach Chris Gobrect expressed early this week, downplaying any other milestones that could be reached with a pair of road games.

Still, that firsts-in-a-long-time list continues to grow. Here’s what else the Falcons could achieve with a victory at Logan, Utah on Saturday:

  • First back-to-back wins since Nov. 2011 when they beat Texas Southern and Texas State.
  • First back-to-back conference wins since 2008 when they beat Colorado State and BYU.
  • Four Mountain West victories in a season for the first time since 2007-08.
  • First sweep of two Mountain West opponents since 2005-06 (San Diego State and Colorado State); the Falcons completed a season sweep of San Diego State this season with a win Wednesday.
  • First back-to-back road wins in conference since moving to Division I in 1996-97. The last time they won consecutive conference road games came in 1996 with wins over Division II Colorado Christian and UCCS.
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