Mountain Lions defeat Metro State
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.
â€œThat was our main goal, to box out and hit the offensive boards,â€ said Merritt. â€œI think our effort on the glass was the difference in the game tonight.â€
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.
â€œWe played good, aggressive defense," said McNeally, who also had a game-high five steals. â€œWe did a good job trapping, and basically did a lot of scrambling.â€
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.
â€œThis is a huge win for us. A lot of people around the conference had doubts about us winning this game,â€ said McNeally. â€œFor us to prove them wrong gives them something else to think about.â€
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