Metro State blows out defenseless Mountain Lions
The tenacious defense that had helped the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs get off to its best start in three years was nowhere to be found Saturday afternoon in the Lionsâ€TM Den. The Metro State Roadrunners shot 45.8 percent from the field as they smoked the Mountain Lions 75-45.
Coming into the game, CU-Colorado Springs was holding its opponents to 37.5 shooting and forcing a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference best 28 turnovers a game.
â€œWe normally defend pretty well,â€ said Mountain Lion coach Marty Fletcher. â€œBut they got open shots from the 12 to 14 foot range and they drilled them. Theyâ€TMre very good shooters.â€
Metro State (8-1, 2-1 RMAC) was led by Angelena Kuleff who had a game-high 13 points. Kuleff did most of her damage from the foul line, going 7-of-10 on free-throws. Danielle Ellerington and Paige Powers each had 10 points.
Janine Ota scored nine points on to lead CU-Colorado Springs (4-4, 1-2) while Emily Jenkins had eight points and eight rebounds.
The game started out as the grind-it-out defensive battle that the Mountain Lions had hoped to force. With 13:15 remaining the opening half, Caroline Ottino nailed a jumper off a pass from Stephanie Sauter to put the Mountain Lions up 10-9. Metroâ€TMs offense awoke and the Roadunnrers went on a 12-2 run to take command. Metro State had increased its lead to 36-22 by halftime.
Any thoughts of a Mountain Lion comeback in the second were quickly erased when the Roadrunners open the half hitting their first four shots, taking a 46-26 lead.
â€œWe just got totally outplayed,â€ said Fletcher. â€œHopefully we learn from this poor performance.â€
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