Mountain Lions win first game of the season over Colorado College

By Mike McNeeley published December 9, 2003

For the first three weeks of the season the University of Colorado Springs at Colorado Springs (1-4) had been struggling to score and to rebound.

On Tuesday night in the Lionsâ€TM Den the Mountain Lions struggle came to an end. CU-Colorado Springs dominated its cross-town rival Colorado College 79-52 to earn its first win of the season.

CU-Colorado Springs shot a season-high 37 percent from the floor and made good on 20 of its 28 free-throw attempts. The Mountain Lions also out-rebounded the Tigers 52-39, led by Julie Richards who pulled down a game-high 12.

“They were a smaller team and we were able to take advantage of that,” said Richards who also had 8 points and 6 blocks, one shy of her own school record.

Meghan McGee led the Mountain Lions with 16 points and also had 10 rebounds despite playing only 21 minuets do to foul trouble. B.J. McNeally had a solid all-around game with 14 points, seven assists, and six steals.

“We played together much better tonight,” said McNeally. “We read each well on the offensive end and played aggressive defense.”

The Mountain Lions aggressive defense forced Colorado College into 30 turnovers, many of which resulted in transition baskets for CU-Colorado Springs.

The game was closely contested for most of the first half until the Mountain Lions went on a 13-3 run over the final 5:00 to break a 22-22 tie, and take a 38-25 lead into the locker room.

Colorado College was able to trim into the lead early in the second half, cutting the lead to 44-35 on a Karri Sicard jumper. The Mountain Lions exploded with a 23-8 run over the next 7:00 minutes to put the game away.

Jennine Sauter had her best game of the season scoring 14 points and brining down 6 boards.Trisha Terhar had a career-high six points and three steals while Dawn Ausmus chipped in with four points off the bench for the Mountain Lions.

“We needed this one tonight,” said McNeally. “We were certainly due for a win.”

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

BJ McNeallyBJ McNeally10GJr.
B.J. McNeallyB.J. McNeally10GSr.
Jennine SauterJennine Sauter21FSo
Jennine SauterJennine Sauter21FFr.
Jennine SauterJennine Sauter21FJr.
Jennine SauterJennine Sauter21FSr.
Julie RichardsJulie Richards40CSo
Julie RichardsJulie Richards40CFr.
Julie RichardsJulie Richards40CJr.
Julie RichardsJulie Richards40CSr.
Meghan McgeeMeghan Mcgee41FJr.
Meghan McGeeMeghan McGee41FSr
Dawn AusmusDawn Ausmus22FSr
Trisha TerharTrisha Terhar32GSr
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