Mountiain Lions' playoff hopes fading after loss to CSU-P

By Mike McNeeley published February 20, 2004

Two weeks ago Colorado State-Pueblo destroyed the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs 82-44 in Pueblo.

Friday night at the Lions Den, the Mountain Lions traded punches with the Thunderwolves for most of the night before eventually losing 73-59.

The win keeps Colorado State-Pueblo (16-8, 12-4) atop the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conferenceâ€TMs West Division, and assured that the Thunderwolves will have home court advantage in the first round of the upcoming RMAC tournament.

The loss leaves CU-Colorado Springs (9-15, 6-10) on the outside looking in, as Metro State, after a 79-47 dismantling of Colorado Christian, now holds a two game lead over the Mountain Lions for the eighth and final spot in the post season tournament.

B.J. McNeally led the Mountain Lions with 20 points and four assists. Meghan McGee had 18 points and nine rebounds.

After falling behind early in the first half, the Mountain Lions went on a 9-2 run capped by a Julie Richards 3-pointer to take a 13-11 lead. The lead changed hands four times in the half with CSU-P up at the break 33-27.

CSU-P led the entire second half. Several times the Thunderwolves seemed poised to blow the game open with a big run, each time the Mountain Lions answered with big shots to stay in the game. But the Mountain Lions failed to score over the gameâ€TMs final 4:30 as CSU-P closed the game with an 8-0 run.

Colorado State-Pueblo outshot the Mountain Lions 44.3 percent to 34.5 percent. The Thunderwolves also dominated the glass, outrebounding CU-Colorado Springs 48-33.

Ebony Walker led the Thunderwolves with 20 points while Nadia Fercha had 11 points to go along with her game-high 17 rebounds.

CU-Colorado Springs now must win AT LEAST two of its final three games and get a lot of help to make the playoffs.


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