Records fall in win over Johnson & Wales

By Doug Fitzgerald published December 6, 2004

DENVER â€" So this is what this feels like.

Sixteen new career highs were set by University of Colorado at Colorado Springs players as the Mountain Lions pounded the Johnson & Wales Wildcats 85-36 Monday night at the Wildcat Center. The 49-point win was the third-largest victory margin ever by a CU-Colorado Springs womenâ€TMs basketball team.

CU-Colorado Springs beat Colorado School of Mines by 57 points in 1994 and Colorado College by 51 points in 1994.

For longtime CU-Colorado Springs fans, the blasting of the first-year Wildcats brought back eerie memories. In CU-Colorado Springsâ€TM first season, six teams beat the then-Gold by 40 points or more.

Stephanie Sauter led the precedent-setting onslaught by recording 18 points, seven assists, six rebounds, five steals and a block. All of those numbers established new career highs for the freshman.

Caroline Ottino (11), Dolly Fiedelman (10) and Crystal Armendarez (nine) each set new career highs for points scored. Ottino (eight), Fiedelman (five) and Maribeth Martinez (two) all set new personal bests in rebounds. New assists marks were set by Martinez (three) and senior Nicole Opferman (six). Martinez set a new high with eight steals, while Fiedelman (four) and Ottino (two) also reached new steals marks.

Most of the new marks came thanks to coach Marty Fletcher, who used the game to get his bench extensive playing time. No CU-Colorado Springs starter played more than seven minutes.

“It was good to get the playing time,” said Sauter, a reserve, who then deadpanned, “it might get us back in shape.”

The Mountain Lions opened the game by making four of their first five shots, all 3-pointers. Deft shooting and CU-Colorado Springsâ€TM trademark suffocating defense had the lead expanded to 28-1 by midway through the first half. By that time, all of the Mountain Lionsâ€TM starters were on the bench for the duration.

Johnson & Wales finally scored its first field goal with 8:53 left in the first period and trailed 52-12 at the half.

“We played really hard defense the first half,” said Sauter. “We kind of broke down in the second half and let them score more than we wanted.”

Despite failing in their goal to hold the Wildcats under 20 points, the Mountain Lions still managed to accomplish plenty. Besides all of the personal bests, the 85-point total was the most points scored by CU-Colorado Springs since 2001. The Mountain Lions forced an astounding 39 turnovers, 26 of which came by way of steals. They also passed well, recording 27 assists on their 36 field goals.

“We showed a lot of effort,” said Sauter. “We played hard the entire game. Plus we got our starters rest for the upcoming road trip.”

They also chased away some old memories.

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Nicole OpfermanNicole Opferman30GJr
Nicole OpfermanNicole Opferman30GSo.
Nicole OpfermanNicole Opferman30GSr.
Dolly FiedelmanDolly Fiedelman3GFr
Dolly FiedelmanDolly Fiedelman3GSo.
Dolly FiedelmanDolly Fiedelman3GJr
Dolly FiedelmanDolly Fiedelman3GSr.
Caroline OttinoCaroline Ottino13C/FSr.
Caroline OttinoCaroline Ottino13FSo.
Caroline OttinoCaroline Ottino13FSo.
Crystal ArmendarezCrystal Armendarez20F
Crystal ArmendarezCrystal Armendarez24FFr.
Stephanie SauterStephanie Sauter32GFr.
Stephanie SauterStephanie Sauter12F
Maribeth MartinezMaribeth Martinez14GJr.
Maribeth MartinezMaribeth Martinez14G
Additional News Stories
October 19, 2005Sauter named preseason All-RMACUCCS forward Jennine Sauter was named preseason All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference West Division, the RMAC announced Wednesday.
October 13, 2005UCCS hosts Moonlight MadnessThe University of Colorado at Colorado Springs men’s and women’s basketball teams will be hosting Moonlight Madness on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Lions’ Den.
May 13, 2005Stratton named new women's basketball coachThe University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Athletic Department announced Friday that Jessika Stratton had been hired as the school’s new women’s basketball coach.
March 14, 2005Coach search beginsHead Women’s Basketball CoachFull-time, 12 month positionAs an NCAA Division II institution and member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs invites applicants for Head Women’s Basketball Coach. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, managing all aspects of a competitive women’s basketball program, recruitment and retention of quality student-athletes, practice organization and game management, budget preparation and maintenance, and compliance with all University, NCAA and RMAC rules. Must show a strong commitment to the academic goals of the student-athlete and be able to promote and support the University’s mission.
March 3, 2005Richards named second-team All-RMAC West DivisionUniversity of Colorado at Colorado Springs center Julie Richards was named second-team All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference West Division, the conference announced Friday.
Visit our Facebook pageVisit the UCCS Mount Lion's Twitter pageVisit the UCCS Mountain Lions Youtube pageVisit UCCS Rss feeds