Women's team falls to Colorado State in exhibition
FORT COLLINS â€" Exhibition games are meant to give coaches a chance to experiment with lineups and evaluate talent while returning players get a chance to shake off the offseason rust and newcomers get a first look at a new level of competition. That being the criteria, Saturdayâ€TMs loss to the Colorado State Rams had to be considered a success for the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and coach Marty Fletcher.
The Mountain Lions lost 75-31, but the score was very low on Fletcherâ€TMs list of importance.
â€œI was very pleased with a great deal of the game. The scored doesnâ€TMt concern me,â€ said Fletcher. â€œItâ€TMs the good minutes (the team played) and then building upon those good minutes and correcting the mistakes.â€
This was not a game the Mountain Lions expected, or even realistically even hoped to win. With eight players taller than 6-feet, Colorado State often had a lineup on the floor that would have challenged some Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference menâ€TMs teams in the height department.
â€œ(The Mountain Lions) ran put of gas a little because we were battling against some pretty big people,â€ said Fletcher.
But before they ran out of gas, the Mountain Lions had some stunning bright spots in the first half. CU-Colorado Springs actually outrebounded the much larger Rams 27-24. The Mountain Lionsâ€TM defense was also outstanding, holding Colorado State to 11-for-32 shooting and forcing nine turnovers.
â€œI was extremely pleased with our defensive effort for most of the game,â€ said Fletcher. â€œWe went against (an NCAA Division I) Top 30 program with a great deal of size and held them to (34.4) percent shooting in the first half.â€
As good as the Mountain Lionsâ€TM defense was, though, Colorado Stateâ€TMs was better. Unable to get any shots off inside against the huge Rams, CU-Colorado Springs shot a woeful 4-for-32 (12.5 percent) in the first half and had as many shot clock violations as field goals. The Mountain Lions also committed 15 turnovers and had five shots blocked.
â€œWe only scored eight (in the first half), which has a lot to do with our opponent and it being our first time out,â€ said Fletcher.
Colorado State was more patient working the ball inside in the second half. The more effective use of its size advantage paid off, as the Rams scored 47 points on 18-for-33 shooting.
Janine Ota and freshman Stephanie Sauter led CU-Colorado Springs with seven points each. Jennine Sauter and Emily Jenkins added six points each, while Jenkins grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds and Jennine Sauter had a team-high four assists.
Melissa Dennett led Colorado State with 16 points. Marilyn Moulton had a game-high nine rebounds and three of the Ramsâ€TM 11 blocked shots.
For the game, Colorado State managed only a slight advantage in rebounds (48-43). The Mountain Lions also used their full-court press effectively, committed only seven turnovers in the second half and kept their composure despite being awarded a laughable total of two free throws.
â€œThe positives far outweigh the negatives and weâ€TMll correct the negatives,â€ said Fletcher.
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