UCCS Knocks off #6 Fort Lewis

By Alex Sommers published February 11, 2012

Colorado Springs ­­  The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs picked up their second straight win at home against the sixth nationally ranked andRMAC leading Fort Lewis Skyhawks. UCCS rallied for 52 second half points to bring down the top team in the conference 84-78.

The Mountain Lions took advantage of a poor shooting night for Fort Lewis and capitalized on opportunities from the free throw line. When all was said and done, Fort Lewis took 21 three point shots and only made six of them while the Lions were three for eight from down town. UCCS had 21 points from the free throw line off of 25 tries while the Skyhawks were just 12 out of 18.

UCCS was led by the stellar performance of Freshman, Abby Kirchoff who had a career high, 28 points. She also added a team high four assists, five rebounds, and two steals. Kirchoff is currently first on the team and 14th in the RMAC in scoring with 259 points this season (12.5 points per game).Jessica Brown also racked up the points with 20, going eight for nine from the field. She is also currently in the top 25 on the conference scoringleaderboard at 22nd. The third Mountain Lion in double digits was Ashley Miller who was accountable for 15 points. Miller was perfect from both behind the arc and from the free throw line, where she went six for six. Leading the way in rebounds was Sammi Gentile who had seven along with nine points.

The Mountain Lions also impressed on defense. They held last year's RMAC player of the year, Dana Schreibvogel to just eight points in a game high, 37 minutes of playing time.

All of this coming the night after a 67-36 rout of Adams State. UCCS is currently sitting in seventh place in the RMAC and are hoping to ride this week's two huge wins into the playoffs as they finish the regular season with two games on the road in Nebraska next week and two home games the following week (February 24th and 25th) against Colorado Christian and Colorado Mines.

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