The win puts the Seawolves (3-0) in Wednesday’s 5 p.m. AST championship game against UC Riverside. Air Force (1-2) was led by 20 points and five rebounds from
For UAA, it was the 24th all-time victory over a Division I team in the Shootout and its first since 2003 when the host school won its second title. It will be UAA’s fourth all-time appearance in the championship game.
After falling behind 30-19 late in the first half, the Falcons closed the gap on the Division II Seawolves and got a buzzer-beating three from Pamela Findlay (8 pts, 7 rebounds) to make it 32-29.
The game featured 12 ties overall and eight lead changes in the second half alone.
UAA went up 52-50 at the 3:10 mark when Air Force coach Ardie McInelly was whistled for a technical and Stone (21 pts, 10 rebounds) sank a pair of free throws. The Falcons took the lead right back with a steal and a traditional three-point play by Castillo seconds later, setting up a back-and-forth final flurry.
Tied 57-57, Stone found Jennifer Salazar (9 pts) for a fast-break layup with 58 seconds left as the Sullivan crowd exploded. Air Force, of the Mountain West Conference, declined to call timeout and quickly found
After a timeout, UAA got the ball inside to Kielpinski (16 pts, 12 rebounds) and the Seawolves’ star sophomore center found herself open from about 8 feet in the lane and swished the eventual game-winner with 22 seconds to go.
Air Force again went without a timeout and point guard Lauren Henderson drove the lane in the closing seconds. The Seawolf defense was there to stop the penetration, however, as Henderson’s short-range attempt from the baseline was blocked by UAA’s Tenecia Lockard and went out of bounds to the home team.
Salazar sank one of two free throws with under a second left for the final margin.
Stone (5-12 FG, 3-6 3FG 8-8 FT) was named Carrs/Safeway Player of the Game, while Lockard finished with six points, eight rebounds and four blocks.
Wednesday’s championship game will be broadcast live over the internet at GoSeawolves.com (pay-per-view, both TV & audio), and a replay will be shown on