Bench has big night in rout
Eleven University of Colorado at Colorado Springs players scored and the Mountain Lions held Colorado College to 20.5 percent shooting in a 70-34 victory over the Tigers Tuesday night.
Senior forward Meghan McGee scored 12 points and Jennine Sauter added nine for CU-Colorado Springs (6-10), but it was the Mountain Lionsâ€TM bench that had â€˜em writinâ€TM â€˜rithmatic at Reid Gymnasium.
The lesson was started by a fourth â€˜R,â€TM Julie Richards, who came off the bench to score a game-high 13 points on 6-of-nine shooting. It was continued by Dolly Fiedelman, who added a career-high seven points including scoring five straight when Colorado College had cut the lead to 20 early in the second half.
Itâ€TMs always nice when you can get in for more than a couple of minutes,â€ said Fiedelman. â€œIt gives you a chance to get into the flow of the game and make things happen. Rather than thinking about what youâ€TMre doing wrong, youâ€TMre thinking about making plays.â€
In all, CU-Colorado Springsâ€TM bench played 102 minutes and scored 34 points. The most interesting stat line was contributed by sophomore forward Courtney Wallace, who grabbed three rebounds and committed four fouls in just seven minutes.
â€œIâ€TMm a very aggressive player and Iâ€TMm not going to hold anything back,â€ said Wallace. â€œIf that causes some fouls, well, Iâ€TMve got five to give.â€
Wallaceâ€TMs high-energy approach is understandable, especially considering she had previously seen only 22 minutes of playing time this season.
â€œSitting on the bench and anticipating going in and having all than adrenaline going all at the same time and then getting out there,â€ said Wallace, her words accelerating as she spoke. â€œIt all kind of explodes.â€
The Tigers would agree. Dana McLeod led Colorado College (1-13) with 12 points, but shot only 4-for-15. As a team, the Tigers made only nine of their 44 field goal attempts against a frenetic CU-Colorado Springs defense.
The Mountain Lions are hoping Tuesdayâ€TMs lesson carries over into the weekend, when they face RMAC opponents Fort Lewis on Friday and Adams State on Saturday.
â€œWe still have to work hard, but it gave us a chance to run through our plays,â€ said Fiedelman. â€œThis is a confidence booster.â€
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