2002-03 women's basketball season recap
After losing six seniors and one other key reserve from a 2001-2002 team that went 19-9 and made it to the second round of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference playoffs, CU-Colorado Springs had one of the youngest teams in the RMAC this season.
The Mountain Lions didnâ€TMt have a single senior on their roster this season and finished 7-20 and 5-14 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. The five conference wins included an impressive 3-4 record against the RMACâ€TMs Eastern Division. First-year head coach Marty Fletcher, who spent 19 years coaching the menâ€TMs game at the Division I level, was pleased by how is team progressed.
"Our girls continued to improve game by game," said Fletcher. "We did a lot of things right this season."
Playing hard-nose defense is one of those things. The Mountain Lions forced a conference-high 20 turnovers a game and gave up just 66.0 points per night. That defense kept the Mountain Lions close in nearly every game.
"How competitive we were for a young team was amazing," said Fletcher. "It seemed like we were in every game all year."
The Mountain Lions were in nearly ever game. In fact, eight of their twenty loses were decided by nine points or less.
CU-Colorado Springs also had a couple of players have standout seasons. The Mountain Lions were one of only five teams to have two players named to the All-RMAC team.
B.J. McNeally was named first-team All-RMAC West Division. Despite being slowed by injuries for much of the year, McNeally led the Mountain Lions in scoring with 13.9 points per game. The junior also averaged 3.8 assists and 3.4 rebounds. McNeally also became CU-Colorado Springs career steals leader, and she now has 195 steals over her three-year career.
Jennine Sauter was named second-team All-RMAC West Division. The freshman played better and better as the season wore on and finished averaging 12.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.
Junior Meghan McGee and sophomore Nicole Opferman also both played well in their first seasons as starters. McGee averaged 9.7 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. Opferman averaged 8.3 points and 4.3 boards per game.
With the spring workouts already underway, Fletcher looks forward to how much his team will improve before next season.
"After seeing how hard these girls worked all season long, I know this is going to be a very productive off-season," he said.
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