McNeally breaks records as Mountain Lions bounce back versus UNC

By Mike McNeelely published February 10, 2004

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.

“We ask so much of her and she has just played outstanding basketball for us,” 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.

“I kind of got in a rhythm offensively,” said Opferman, “If you can call two shots in a row a rhythm.”

Danielle Hagen led the way for Northern Colorado with 22 points and eight rebounds.

“This was huge of us to get this one tonight," said Opferman. “It should give us some confidence for two big conference games on the road this weekend.”

 

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