Mountain Lions lose to Colorado Mines

By Mike McNeeley published December 14, 2003

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (2-5, 1-1 Rock Mountain Athletic Conference) had its two game winning streak snapped by the Colorado Mines Orediggers 75-71 Saturday night in the Lionsâ€TM Den.

The Orediggers won the game at the charity stripe.

Colorado Mines went to the free-throw line an absurd 48 times, making good on 34 of those attempts. CU-Colorado Springs shot just 11-21 from the line. The Mountain Lions held Colorado Mines to just two field goals over the gameâ€TMs final 10 minutes, but Mines scored 19 points from the line during that span.

Minesâ€TM Ashley Gronewoller led all scorers with 26 points, 12 of which came from the foul line, and 17 rebounds.

Meghan McGee led the Mountain Lions with a career-high 23 points. McGee, who set a new career-high for the second straight night, started the game simply en fuego.

McGee scored 14 points in the opening 6 minutes to help the Mountain Lions to a 16-6 lead. McGee started 5-for-5 from the field and also hit a pair of free throws. McGee got her 20th point of the first half with 1:01 to go when she hit a 3-PT off a pass for Christina Merritt to put the Mountain Lions up 35-30. CU-Colorado Springs led at the half 35-32.

Mines opened the second half on a 12-2 run and seemed poised to blow the Mountain Lions out, leading 44-37. Colorado Mines pushed the lead to as high as nine, 48-39 with 13:00 to go. CU-Colorado Springs answered with a 13-4 blitz to tie the game at 52-52 with 10:02 left. B.J. McNeally and Janine Ota scored all 13 points during the run. McNeally hit a 3-PT to start to run before Ota scored seven straight points. McNeally then hit another 3-PT to tie it.

The lead changed hands four times and there was five ties over the next couple of minutes. McNeally put the Mountain Lions up 61-60 with another 3-PT with 5:35 remaining. Mines scored nine of the gameâ€TMs next ten points, all from the line, to take a 69-62 lead. Mines then hit a couple of more free-throws down the stretch to hold off the Mountain Lions.

Foul trouble hurt the Mountain Lions chances late as they had four starters foul out of the game. CU-Colorado Springs was whistled for a total of 30 fouls, Mines just 19.



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