Sauter, Richards lead Lions past Chadron State
CHADRON, Neb. - Jennine Sauter scored 24 points, while Julie Richards added 12 points and nine rebounds â€" all in the second half â€" to lead the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to a 71-61 victory over the Chadron State Eagles Saturday night at Armstrong Gymnasium.
Sauter played what was easily her best game of the season, knocking down nine of her 15 field goal attempts including 4-for-7 from 3-point range. The junior from Aurora, Colo., also pulled down six rebounds and used her 6-foot frame to frustrated Chadron State shooters on the perimeter.
â€œI donâ€TMt know how they went in,â€ joked Sauter, who missed matching her career high in scoring by a single point. â€œThe team did really well at getting the ball to open people.â€
Richards was made a non-factor in the first half when she picked up her third foul just two minutes into the game. The Doherty High School grad more than made up for it by dominating the defensive glass and blocking two shots while playing 18 minutes in the second half.
â€œWhen Iâ€TMm in foul trouble, it forces me to stay on the floor,â€ said Richards. â€œCoach told me at halftime not to try to block any shots, so I had to change my mental state.â€
When a Stephanie Sauter layup gave the Mountain Lions a 30-23 lead with 3:16 remaining in the first half, it looked like they might pull away. Chadron State was able to exploit Richardsâ€TM absence by pounding the ball inside, though, and earned trips to the foul line on four of the next five possessions. CU-Colorado Springs could manage only three points, all by Jennine Sauter, over that period, and ended the half with only a 33-32 lead.
Chadron State (0-7, 0-2 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) was able to keep the game close and tied it on a Taylor Cady jumper with 15:51 left. CU-Colorado Springs looked to blow the game open again with a 10-2 run, only to see the Eagles creep back into it. With 10:27 remaining, the Mountain Lions were clinging to a 48-46 lead.
â€œIt all came down to the defense,â€ said Sauter. â€œWe let them stay in the game because we would break down defensively.â€
CU-Colorado Springs (4-3, 1-1 RMAC) finally found itself defensively by denying the Eagles the paint.
â€œWe went into a 2-3 zone,â€ said Richards. â€œThat really helped us scrunch them in the middle and force them to the outside.â€
Buoyed by the zone, CU-Colorado Springs went on a 16-8 run. This time, Chadron State was unable to answer.
For the Mountain Lions, the win helped soothe some of the sting from Thursdayâ€TMs loss to Fort Hays State.
â€œWe were so frustrated by what happened Thursday that we came out to prove something tonight,â€ said Sauter. â€œWe had to make up for that pathetic performance.â€
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