Fort Hays beats women's basketball at their own game

By Doug Fitzgerald published December 9, 2004

HAYS, Kan. - The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs was beaten at its own game Thursday night.

The Mountain Lions, who came into the game with three straight wins thanks primarily to their aggressive defense, were outdefensed in a 68-49 loss to the Fort Hays State Tigers at Gross Memorial Coliseum in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opener for both teams.

Fort Hays State (6-1, 1-0 RMAC) slapped at the ball at every opportunity, a strategy that paralyzed the Mountain Lionsâ€TM interior offense. When the Tigers caused turnovers, which they did frequently, they executed well in transition and were rewarded with layups.

The first-half was decisive for the slap-happy Tigers, as they recorded 18 turnovers, a 55.6 shooting percentage and a 43-27 lead.

“They were much more physical than we were,” said CU-Colorado Springs points guard Lindsay Arnoldus, who had a team-high 13 points. “We didnâ€TMt match their physical play.”

The other consequence of the first half was the foul situation.

CU-Colorado Springs (3-3, 0-1) had no answer for Ashlee Gustin and Jenifer Hake, who each scored 15 points in the first half and finished with 23 and 18 points for the game respectively. Julie Richards and Emily Jenkins each picked up three first-half fouls trying to guard the post duo. With Janine Ota also saddled with three fouls and Jennine and Stephanie Sauter each charged with two, CU-Colorado Springsâ€TM lineup looked more like an episode of Survivor with half the cast banished to the other side of the island.

“When we matched them physically, it seemed like we were called with a bunch of fouls,” said Arnoldus. “It took us out of our player rotation.”

Fort Hays State closed the half with an 11-2 run against a CU-Colorado Springs lineup consisting almost entirely of bench players, turning an overcomeable eight-point disadvantage into a daunting 16 point deficit.

“Itâ€TMs always hard to come off the bench,” said Arnoldus.

That run proved to be the difference, as the Mountain Lions were unable to get closer than 12 the rest of the way. Also decisive were the fouls, which severely limited CU-Colorado Springs coach Marty Fletcherâ€TMs options for the rest of the game.

“We had spurts, but you canâ€TMt win with spurts,” said Arnoldus. “It has to be a consistent effort.”

Maribeth Martinez did not make the trip because she was unable to reschedule an exam.

“(Martinezâ€TMs) defensive intensity could have made a big difference for us tonight,” said Arnoldus.

“Academics always come first for us,” responded Fletcher.

Jennine Sauter scored 10 points for the Mountain Lions before fouling out. Ota had a game-high five assists before also fouling out.

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