Lions lose fourth straight RMAC game

By Doug Fitzgerald published February 14, 2004

This was not the gameplan that the Mountain Lions want to make standard.

A night after blowing an eight-point lead at Fort Lewis, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs repeated the gaffe in a 48-46 loss to the Adams State Grizzlies Saturday night at Alamosa, Colo.

CU-Colorado Springs has now blown second half leads in three of its past four losses and has lost four consecutive Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference games. The Mountain Lions also wasted an eight-point lead Friday at Fort Lewis and a 19-point advantage a week ago at New Mexico Highlands.

“We were pressing for 40 minutes and we lost our legs,” said sophomore forward Jennine Sauter. “It makes it harder to get back on defense, and when your legs are dead, you canâ€TMt shoot.”

Saturday was more of the same. The Mountain Lions led by as many as 10 and held a nine-point lead with 11:58 remaining, only to see it evaporate in the face of sporadic passing, missed free throws and a few critical defensive lapses.

CU-Colorado Springs aided the Grizzliesâ€TM comeback with four turnovers, 2-for-6 shooting from the foul line and eight straight missed field goals.

It appeared as if the Mountain Lions might be able to overcome their mistakes, though. Behind a 3-pointer by Sauter and a field goal by B.J. McNeally, CU-Colorado Springs managed to regain a five-point lead with only 2:07 left, but that too was short lived.

“We had a timeout and that gave us kind of a breather,” said Sauter.

Erica Marquez hit a 3-pointer, then after a Mountain Lions miss, Meagan Hoffman hit a jumper to tie the game with 49 seconds remaining. CU-Colorado Springs had difficulty setting up its offense, but still managed to get Meghan McGee open for a 3-point attempt that fell just short.

A layup by Adams Stateâ€TMs Meagan Hoffman with three seconds remaining completed the collapse and the Mountain Lions fell to 9-14, 6-9 RMAC. Worse, the loss kept them on the outside looking in as far as a spot in the conference playoffs is concerned, a game behind both Adams State and Metro State.

“We played good defense, but (Hoffman) did a good job finishing,” said Sauter. "Give her credit.”

Sauter led the Mountain Lions with 15 points, while McNeally added 11. Julie Richards, the RMACâ€TMs leading shot blocker, swatted five Adams State shots.

Hoffman led Adams State (10-12, 7-8) with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

She also helped an unfortunate gameplan continue.


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