Mountain Lions win RMAC opener over CCU
Julie Richards set a new school record for blocked shots in a game as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (2-4, 1-0 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) won its conference opener 59-44 over the Colorado Christian Cougars Friday night in the Lionsâ€TM Den.
Richards blocked eight shots, breaking a school record of seven that she previously shared with Corrissa Johnson. Richards also added a game-high 14 rebounds.
The Mountain Lions jumped out to a 15-0 lead and didnâ€TMt allow the Cougars to score a field goal until nearly eight minutes into the game. The Cougars were able to slowly chip a away at the Mountain Lionsâ€TM lead and had it to single digits by the half, 26-18.
Colorado Christian cut the lead to as little as six with 17:50 to go in the second half. On their next three trips down the floor, the Mountain Lions scored on second-chance opportunities, first two Megan McGee rebounds and put backs, then, Jennine Sauter added one of her own. That stretch pushed CU-Colorado lead back to 12 and the Cougars never recovered.
"I was very happy with the way we went to the glass tonight," said Coach Marty Fletcher,â€ â€œEspecially on the offensive end.â€
The Mountain Lions had 18 offensive rebounds and out-rebound the Cougars 52-40 overall.
McGee led the Mountain Lions with a career-high 21 points on 8-for-12 shooting. McGee had 11 rebounds and shot 5-for-9 on 3-PT FG. She scored 15 of her points in the second half where the Mountain Lions led by as many as 23 points.
CU-Colorado Springs held Christian to 26 percent shooting and forced the Cougars into 21 turnovers. The Mountain Lions didnâ€TMt shoot much better, 31 percent, but they had crisp ball movement and got open looks much of the night.
â€œAlthough our shooting percentage is not at the level we would like it, we did a good job tonight of moving the ball and making the extra pass.â€ said Fletcher
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