CU-ColoradoSprings shuts down Tigers, wins home opener
The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs used smothering defense to shut down the Colorado College Tigers Tuesday evening in the Lionsâ€TM Den.
CU-Colorado Springs forced 31 turnovers and held Colorado College to 26.5 percent shooting en route to a 65-42 win it its home opener.
â€œWhen we play hard and we're all on the same page, we are basically unstoppable on defense,â€ said Mountain Lion forward Jennine Sauter, who had eight points and a game-high six assists.
The Mountain Lions also kept the Tigers leading scorer, Tarn Udall, in check. Udall came into the game averaging 13.5 points and 13.8 rebounds per game, but was virtual non-factor Tuesday, as she was limited to just six attempts from the field and six rebounds.
CU-Colorado Springs (1-3) sprung out to a quick 9-1 lead minutes into the game, then rolled to a 37-17 halftime advantage.
â€œIt was important for us to come out strong, said Sauter. â€œWe needed to let them know we were the better team.â€
Maribeth Martinez and Emily Jenkins each had 11 points to pace the Mountain Lions. Martinez had the hand hot, shooting 4-for-5 from field. Jenkins was all over the place. She tore down nine rebounds (seven offensive) and also had three steals.
Julie Richards, who was matched up on Udall most of the night, had a quiet game offensively but swatted five Tiger shots in 21 minutes.
â€œThis was a good game overall for us,â€ said Mountain Lion coach Marty Fletcher, â€œWe have been on road for a while so it was to nice to win our first home game.â€
But there is still some cause for concern. While this was by far CU-Colorado Springsâ€TM best game offensively, there is still much room for improvement. CU-Colorado Springs shot a season-high 42.6 percent, but it could have been higher had they made good on more attempts from the paint, especially in the first half.
â€œI was disappointed about the way we failed to finish around the basket,â€ said Fletcher. â€œWhen you locate the ball the way we did around the post area, you got to be able to finish the play.â€
The Mountain Lions will get a big test tomorrow night when Grand Canyon comes to the Lionsâ€TM Den. Not only in Grand Canyon an upper tier Division II team, it will also be the first time this season Mountain Lions will play on consecutive nights.
â€œGrand Canyon is a team that is going to be very difficult for us, hopef
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