Late jumper lifts Colorado Christian

By Doug Fiitzgerald published January 8, 2005

LAKEWOOD, Colo. â€" Rhiannon Dickison hit a pull-up jumper with eight second left as the Colorado Christian Cougars sent the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to its fourth straight defeat, beating the Mountain Lions 46-44 Saturday night at Cougar Fieldhouse.

A desperation attempt by Jennine Sauter at the buzzer missed, dropping CU-Colorado Springs to 4-7, 1-5 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Should the Mountain Lions fail to qualify for the RMAC playoffs, they will look at this game as one they shouldnâ€TMt have let slip away.

“Losing to teams with losing records makes us lose respect among the other teams in the conference,” said CU-Colorado Springs point guard Lindsay Arnoldus of Colorado Christian (2-9, 2-4 RMAC). “It also makes the rest of the season an uphill battle.”

CU-Colorado Springs led 24-23 after an ugly first half, but lazy passing led to turnovers that allowed the Cougars to mount a 13-2 run to open the second half.

“We werenâ€TMt attacking offensively,” said Arnoldus. “We were letting them attack us.”

A free throw by Nicole Opferman, consecutive jumpers, one a 3-pointer, by Sauter and a layup by Arnoldus pulled the Mountain Lions to within two at the 10-minute mark.

“We had some fastbreak opportunities because we got some steals,” said Arnoldus. “Our offense is usually generated by our defense.”

Another field goal and free throw by Sauter closed the deficit to 40-39. Thatâ€TMs when the offensive execution unraveled.

On their next five possessions, the Mountain Lions missed two shots and committed three turnovers. Luckily for them, Colorado Christian also struggled as both teams went scoreless for over four minutes.

Sauter knocked down a 3-pointer with 2:16 remaining to give CU-Colorado Springs its only lead of the second half, 44-43. That was answered by an Ashley Baker free throw that tied the game.

CU-Colorado Springs had chances in the final two minutes, but got forced into difficult shots that wouldnâ€TMt fall.

Sauter led the Mountain Lions with 23 points and nine rebounds.

Monica Chase led Colorado Christian with 16 points, while Sara Davis added 10 points and 17 rebounds. Dickisonâ€TMs game-winner represented the only two points she scored.

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Jennine SauterJennine Sauter21FFr.
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Jennine SauterJennine Sauter21FJr.
Jennine SauterJennine Sauter21FSr.
Nicole OpfermanNicole Opferman30GJr
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