However, Air Force eked out a 36-28 win after almost blowing a ten point lead in the third quarter as Galaxy rallied to close the deficit.
Galaxy sealed an 8-2 first quarter on the back of Aishetu Malike’s turnaround jump shots. Air Force was sent to the free throw line several times but failed to score.
Air Force went on a seven point run to take a 9-8 lead early in the second quarter. Galaxy Guard Ruth Atibila ended the run with a running layup after teammate Maamata Yusif blocked a shot.
Yusif scored and added one of two free throws layups. Air Force Guard Grace Yinamyah drained a three pointer but Malike’s buzzer beating shot rimmed out as Air Force ended the first half leading 20-13.
Atibila lost the ball that led to a fast break Air Force layup on the other end. Galaxy went on a seven point run to trail 22-25 with 2:22 seconds remaining. The third quarter ended 24-26 for Air Force.
Grace scored an acrobatic layup and added a three pointer to give Air Force breathing room with a 32-26 lead with 3:51 seconds left and Air Force held on for the win.
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
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