3-1 Falcons Open Gulf Coast Showcase vs. No. 22 Michigan Friday

Gulf Coast Showcase | 25-27 November
Game 1: Air Force (3-1, 0-0 MWC) vs. No. 22 Michigan (4-0, 0-0 Big 10)

Hertz Arena | Estero, Fla.
Friday, November 25, 2022 – 3:00 p.m. MT
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US AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – The Air Force women’s basketball team will face its second straight Power Five opponent in a week as it opens the first round of the 2022 Gulf Coast Showcase against No. 22 Michigan. The winner of Friday’s competition will advance to the semifinals to face off against the Georgia Tech/South Florida winner.

The field:

The eight-team field consists of three programs currently ranked in the AP Top-25 (No. 21 Baylor, No. 22 Michigan, No. 23 Villanova) and one receiving votes (South Florida). The participating institutions are 25-11 at the start of the season, with four (Baylor, Belmont, Villanova, South Florida) participating in their respective conference tournaments in 2022.

About the Gulf Coast Showcase:

After Thanksgiving, the women’s tournament picks on Friday, November 25 will be led by six NCAA tournament contenders, including 2016 Gulf Coast Showcase Champion Baylor and South Florida, who will be making the short drive from Tampa. The women’s tournament is still considered by many to be the most important event of the season for women in all of college basketball. Past champions include UConn (2014 Gulf Coast Showcase Champion), Stanford (2015), Baylor (2016), Notre Dame (2017), Texas (2018), Gonzaga (2019), and Iowa State (2021).

The first round pairings of this year’s women’s tournament are as follows:

11 p.m. ET – Baylor vs. Saint Louis
1:30 p.m. ET – Belmont vs. Villanova
5 p.m. ET – Michigan vs. Air Force

7:30 p.m. ET – Georgia Tech vs. USF

Scouting Air Force:

The 3-1 Falcons go into Friday’s game with the top ten numbers in the national top ten steals per game (June 6-11).th15.8) and free throw rate (4th, 85.5%)); The Air Force’s 63 steals in four games have resulted in a 9.75 turnover margin, good for 17th in the nation; The Falcons also fall into the 22nd seasonnd national percentile or higher in forced revenues per game (23.25), assist/turnover ratio (1.20), and assists per game (16.2).

tip of the spear

Senior Kamri Heide has led the Air Force in the Falcons’ first four games with an average of 19.3 points per game. Heath leads the Mountain West and is 35th nationally in field goals scored (35), along with the nation’s athletic 25th-best field goal percentage (0.636).

second grader Yo Hunterwith a team-high 14 steals to open the season and an average of 3.5 per game, is 38thth and 23approx in both respective categories. On the ball, the Honolulu native has produced 26 assists and is 13thth in the nation in assists per game (6.5).

C4C package

Air Force women’s basketball has 13 players in 2022-23, including six C4C freshmen (cadet, fourth-class – freshman) – Mackenzie Le, Milahnie Perry, Faith Shelton, Griffin Greenwood, Parker Brown and Emily Adams.

Scouting Michigan:

The No. 23 Wolverines open the season 4-0, with victories over Delaware State (83-30), St. Francis (91-36), Western Michigan (99-67) and Fairfield (69-53). Michigan ended its 2021-22 season with a 25-7 record and an NCAA tournament run ending in the Elite 8 through four-seed Louisville.

Michigan is led by a tandem consisting of guard Laila Phelia and forward Emily Kiser, both of whom are currently averaging over 20 points per game. Phila, Michigan’s leading scorer from three-point range, is 11-18 from across the arc (.611).

Coach G on the rise
Gobrecht is currently in her 43rd season as head coach — the second-longest tenure in Division I women’s baskets behind Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer (44). Gobrecht’s coaching résumé lists 601 career wins, a number that ranks well for 16th among active head coaches in Division I women’s basketball.

In her eighth season at the helm of the Falcons program, Coach Gobrecht currently has 58 career Air Force victories, making her the most successful coach of all time at three different institutions – Air Force, Yale and Washington.

Gobrecht was named the 2021-22 Mountain West Coach of the Year following the Air Force’s successful 19-14 season — a year marked by Gobrecht’s fourth career WNIT appearance as head coach and Air Force’s first postseason appearance and subsequent victory in the Program history was interrupted – a 64 -60 win over WCC opponents San Francisco on March 17th.

Last time:
The Falcons took Colorado with last-minute possession on Nov. 19 at the CU Events Center but ultimately fell 71-63 to the Buffaloes.

Four Falcons finished the night in double digits; Heath scored 16 points; second grader MadisonSmith scored 14 points, including three consecutive three-pointers in less than two minutes of play; Huntimer scored 12 points with 3-4 shots from beyond the arc, including a career-high six steals; Junior Dasha Macmillan scored 12 on the night. Including six rebounds and three assists.


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