McNeally breaks records as Mountain Lions bounce back versus UNC
The Mountain Lions got just what the needed Tuesday night.
The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs earned a solid win over a pretty good team in bouncing back from a rough weekend on the road and defeating Northern Colorado 69-58 at the Lionsâ€TM Den.
B.J. McNeally led CU-Colorado Springs (9-12) with 26 points and seven assists, becoming the schoolâ€TMs all-time leader in both categories.
McNeally broke fellow Doherty High School alum and current Spartan womenâ€TMs basketball coach Stephanie Frischâ€TMs career marks in both scoring and assists. McNeally now has 1242 points and 457 assists.
â€œWe ask so much of her and she has just played outstanding basketball for us,â€ said Coach Marty Fletcher of his senior point guard.
The Mountain Lions superior shooting was the difference as CU-Colorado Springs used good ball movement which resulted in open looks. The Mountain Lions outshot the Bears 42.6 percent to 35.3 percent. CU-Colorado Springs shot 45.5 percent (10-for-22) on 3-pointers while Northern Colorado shot just 21.7 percent (5-for-23).
The win gives the Mountain Lions a split in the season series with Northern Colorado after the Bears won the first meeting 56-43 on Jan. 6 in Greeley. It also avenges an 80-29 loss the Mountain Lions suffered to the Bears early last season.
Meghan McGee, who was serving a suspension and didnâ€TMt play in the Jan. 6 game, had 18 points and 12 rebounds for CU-Colorado Springs.
Nicole Opferman had a season-high 11 points, hitting back-to-back shots during an 8-0 second half run that put the game away.
â€œI kind of got in a rhythm offensively,â€ said Opferman, â€œIf you can call two shots in a row a rhythm.â€
Danielle Hagen led the way for Northern Colorado with 22 points and eight rebounds.
â€œThis was huge of us to get this one tonight," said Opferman. â€œIt should give us some confidence for two big conference games on the road this weekend.â€
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