Mo gives Lions the nyuk, nyuk nyuk

By Doug Fitzgerald published February 13, 2004

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs womenâ€TMs basketball team wasted a golden opportunity in Friday nightâ€TMs 63-53 loss to the Fort Lewis Skyhawks.

The Mountain Lions led 48-40 and controlled the gameâ€TMs momentum with just seven minutes remaining in the game. But, cliché as it sounds, momentum has a way of changing sides and the Skyhawks finished with a 23-5 run to steal the victory.

Having lost a pair of conference games this past weekend, CU-Colorado Springs needed to win a game it was expected to lose. Fort Lewis (17-5, 11-3 RMAC) very nearly provided that win.

“When our team realizes that thereâ€TMre just so many opportunities to make the (RMAC) tournament and we start to take those opportunities, then weâ€TMll become a great team,” said senior forward Meghan McGee. “Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.”

But while the Skyhawks ended up with the ‘Mo,â€TM the Mountain Lions completed the collapse by providing the ‘Larryâ€TM and the ‘Curly.â€TM

CU-Colorado Springs made only five of its 13 free throws in the second half, including missing two on the front end of 1-and-1 situations. The Mountain Lions also went cold from the field, making only one field goal â€" a B.J. McNeally layup â€" in the final seven minutes.

“When we donâ€TMt have momentum on defense, we also lose it on offense,” said McGee. “It always starts with us on the defensive end. Thatâ€TMs where our team shines.”

McGee led CU-Colorado Springs with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Jennine Sauter added 13 points, while McNeally had 10 points and six assists.

Fort Lewisâ€TM Amy Mohr had 23 points and 12 rebounds, both game highs.

With the game tied at 50 and five minutes remaining, the Skyhawks began spending so much time at the foul line that they asked to have their mail forwarded there. Fort Lewis scored its final 11 points on free throws.

Ironically, the Mountain Lions played some of their best ball of the game with their best player, McNeally, on the bench. Fort Lewis led 32-30 when McNeally picked up her third foul with 14:41 left. Nicole Opferman took over at point guard and the Mountain Lions went on an 18-8 run.

“Our team needs B.J. McNeally,” said McGee, “but Nicole and Jay (Janine Ota) did a great job filling that position when B.J. was on the bench.”

That effort was rendered moot, however, when ‘Moâ€TM made stooges of the Mountain Lions.

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

BJ McNeallyBJ McNeally10GJr.
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Jennine SauterJennine Sauter21FFr.
Jennine SauterJennine Sauter21FSo
Jennine SauterJennine Sauter21FJr.
Jennine SauterJennine Sauter21FSr.
Nicole OpfermanNicole Opferman30GSo.
Nicole OpfermanNicole Opferman30GJr
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Meghan McgeeMeghan Mcgee41FJr.
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