The focus for the Air Force women has understandably been the future. Coach Chris Gobrecht’s two leading scorers are freshmen, and this building process seems ready to begin reaping benefits in the next year or two.
But on Tuesday, the Falcons will bid a home farewell to three seniors – Dee Bennett, Erika Chapman, and Courtney Porter – who have largely been tasked with the dirty work of laying the foundation.
In their time, Air Force has improved its per-game scoring deficit in Mountain West games from 21.4 in 2014-15, to 17.5 when they were sophomores, to 13.3 last year and 5.8 this season.
"Those guys have come a long, long ways. They have a lot to do with us making us the progress we have made,” Gobrecht said. “They were able to bring us to that point where there’s less than six points between us and everyone else in the conference.”
Porter ranks first in program history (in its Division I era that began in 1995) with 430 assists and 238 steals, while her 1,130 points rank fourth. Bennett ranks second with 687 rebounds and 66 blocked shots. Chapman has averaged 7.7 points in 33 Mountain West games over the past two years.
The Falcons (3-24, 3-13 Mountain West) host Wyoming (20-7, 13-3) at 7 p.m. Tuesday.