Wyoming beats UCCS in season opener

By Mike McNeely published November 21, 2004

Donâ€TMt let the score fool you; this was a great way for the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs womenâ€TMs basketball team to start its season.

The Mountain Lions may have lost 61-43 to the Wyoming Cowgirls Sunday afternoon in Laramie, Wyo., but for the majority of the game CU-Colorado Springs hung around with the Division I Cowgirls.

The Mountain Lions shot 50 percent in the first half and trailed by just 12 points at the half. After falling behind by as many 20 points early in the second half, CU-Colorado Springs (0-1) snuck back into the game with a late 9-2 run to cut the Cowgirls lead to 52-40.

Wyoming eventually closed the door on the Mountain Lions, ending any hopes of a major upset, but coach Marty Fletcher still had plenty to be happy about.

“I was extremely pleased with the way we played on the defense end,” said Fletcher. “We played with very good intensity.”

CU-Colorado Springs forced the Cowgirls into 23 turnovers, holding them to just 33 percent shooting.

Fletcher wasnâ€TMt the only one impressed with the Mountain Lions performance. Wyomingâ€TMs football coach, Joe Glenn, who was one of the 520 fans in attendance, approached the Mountain Lions after to the game.

“(Coach Glenn) made a point to come up and congratulating our team on how hard we played,” said Fletcher.

Julie Richards had nine points, nine rebounds and a block to lead CU-Colorado Springs. Lindsay Arnoldus scored eight points to go along with three assists, while Stephanie Sauter had seven points off the bench, hitting a pair of 3-pointers.

“This was a great effort for our first game,” said Fletcher. “Hopefully we'll build on this and continue to improve.”

 

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