Air Force women’s basketball was looking forward to building on what it accomplished last year, in coach Andrea Williams’ first season. Dymond James was named to the all-Mountain West preseason team, the first Falcon to get that honor, and Air Force wasn’t picked to finish last in the conference – another sign that people were noticing the changes in the program.
But Air Force could use a little more positive momentum going into the season, which officially starts Friday at Lipscomb. The team suffered a blow when guard Megan Muniz, who started 30 games last season, left the team. That left the Falcons to scramble to replace her. Sophomore Camille Thompson, who didn’t start last season but played a key role off the bench, and sophomore Cherae Medina, who didn’t get much playing time as a freshman, could be the starting backcourt, although Williams said she has not settled on the point guard spot.
“Now we have a three-man rotation at the point guard spot, but we thought we had that solidified, so that hurts you to start off,” Williams said.
The Falcons lost an exhibition game to Colorado-Colorado Springs 66-65, which was a blow. But the players have had a good attitude, aren’t dwelling on losing Muniz, and are ready to start the season.
“I think everyone has realized what we can do, and how far we came from last year and realized we can do a lot better,” James said.