West Texas routes CU-Colorado Springs
After already playing two Division I opponents (one an exhibition), the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs' schedule didnâ€TMt get much easier Saturday afternoon when it traveled to Canyon, Tex. to play No. 22 West Texas A&M Buffalos.
The Buffaloes, a perennial Division II to power who have won 20 or more games six of the last eight seasons, routed the Mountain Lions 79-48.
CU-Colorado Springs (0-2) forced the Buffaloes into 31 turnovers but committed 33 of its own. West Texas A&M also did a better job turning the Mountain Lions miscues into points.
The Buffalos scored 37 points off of turnovers, the Mountain Lions just 16.
â€œThey did a great job of taking advantage of turnovers,â€ said CU-Colorado Springs coach Marty Fletcher. â€œThatâ€TMs something that we need to do better.â€
Three Mountain Lions players flirted with double-doubles. Emily Jenkins led the way the way with 10 points and nine rebounds, Jennine Sauter had nine points, nine boards and Julie Richards had eight and eight.
Celeste Stevenson and Vasha Adams each netted a game-high 14 points for West Texas A&M which had four players in double-figures.
The Buffaloes (2-1) outshot CU-Colorado Springs 50.5 to 25 percent. Fletcher credited West Texas A&Mâ€TMs defense for causing the Mountain Lions shooting woes.
â€œThey contested all of our shots,â€ said Fletcher. â€œWe werenâ€TMt able to get as many open looks as we wanted to, and when we did, we were rushed a little bit.â€
Janine Ota nailed a 3-pointer two seconds into the first half to give CU-Colorado Springs an early lead. It was the only lead the Mountain Lions would have. West Texas A&M went on 19-2 blitz over the gameâ€TMs next five minutes to take control.
CU-Colorado Springs will now return home for a pair of games against non-conference opponents, Colorado College on Tuesday and Grand Canyon on Wednesday. Fletcher is hoping his team gained something from the early season losses.
â€œHopefully we will learn form the mistakes we have made and learn how to utilize our strengths offensively,â€ said Fletcher.
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