Mountain Lions defeat Metro State

By Mike McNeeley published January 1, 2004

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (3-6, 2-1 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) won its first road game of the season 58-52 over Metro State (3-8, 1-2 RMAC) Thursday afternoon in Denver.

B.J. McNeally led the Mountain Lions with a game-high 22 points and five assists.
CU-Colorado Springs outrebounded the taller Roadrunners 58-52, led by Christina Merrittâ€TMs 12 boards , five of which came on the offensive end and Jennine Sauterâ€TMs 11.

“That was our main goal, to box out and hit the offensive boards,” said Merritt. “I think our effort on the glass was the difference in the game tonight.”

If there was a difference aside from the rebounding, it was the Mountain Lionsâ€TM defense. CU-Colorado Springs held Metro State to 25 percent shooting and forced 17 turnovers.

“We played good, aggressive defense," said McNeally, who also had a game-high five steals. “We did a good job trapping, and basically did a lot of scrambling.”

Both teams got good looks at the basket early but neither squad could knock down the open shot. The teams shot a combined 5-for-25 from the floor over the gameâ€TMs first 7:30. A McNeally 3-pointer gave the Mountain Lions an 11-7 lead before Metro State caught fire and went on a 17-4 run to take a 24-15 lead. Metro pushed its lead to 30-20 with 2:32 left in the first half. CU-Colorado Springs closed the half on a 8-2 run and entered the break down just four, 32-28.

Janine Ota hit back to back 3-pointers midway through the second half to put CU-Colorado Springs up 42-41. After a pair of Natasha Molock free-throws gave the lead to Metro State, Mackenzie Knobbe hit a baseline jumper to put the Mountain Lions back up 44-43. CU-Colorado Springs led the rest of the way.

Ota finished the game with a career-high 13 points. Sauter added seven points and three blocks.

“This is a huge win for us. A lot of people around the conference had doubts about us winning this game,” said McNeally. “For us to prove them wrong gives them something else to think about.”


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