Lubbock Christian sends Mountain Lions to fourth straight loss

By Mike McNeeley published December 4, 2003

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (0-4) womenâ€TMs basketball team dropped its fourth straight game, a 53-38 loss to the Lubbock Christian Lady Chaparrals (7-1) Thursday night at the Lions Den.

Both teams struggled to run their offense early in the game. Missed shots and turnovers plagued both squads as points were hard to come by. A Julie Richards rebound and put back tied the game at 10-10 with 10:00 to go in the first half.

The Chaparrals went on a 14-3 run to close out the first half to go up 25-14.

CU-Colorado Springs shot just 18 percent from the floor in the opening half.

“We didnâ€TMt run our offense very well, “said junior guard Nicole Opferman. “We need to take better shots.”

The Mountain Lions played much better in the second half, especially early on.

CU-Colorado Springs came out of the locker room with a 9-2 run capped by a B.J. McNeally free-throw to cut the lead to 27-23. Thatâ€TMs a close as CU-Colorado Springs would get.

As has been the case so far this season the Mountain Lions were killed on the glass, being out-rebounded 54-27 by Lubbock.

“They came out and played very psychical," said Opferman. “We didnâ€TMt respond.”

The Mountain Lions pressure defense did force the Chaparrals into a season-high 25 turnovers, but it wasnâ€TMt enough to overcome poor shooting. CU-Colorado Springs finished the game shooting just 21 percent from the floor, including 2-fo-25 on 3-pointers.

Dâ€TMNae Wilson led Lubbock with 13 points on 6-for-8 shooting and Valaric Wootan added a game-high 13 rebounds.

McNeally had 14 points, four rebounds, and four steals for CU-Colorado Springs but shot just 4-for-15 from the floor. Jennine Sauter and Meghan McGee each added seven points, but shot a combined 6-for-28.

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