Mountain Lions beat Mesa

By Mike McNeely published January 22, 2005

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs got just what it needed Friday night in Grand Junction. The Mountain Lions got themselves back into the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference playoff race by beating the Mesa State Mavericks 69-60.

Lindsay Arnoldus led the Mountain Lions with a career-high 17 points. The 5-foot-3 point guard also pulled down a career-high eight rebounds to go along with her five assists and four steals.

Points were hard to come by in the early going. After Jennine Sauter hit a 3-pointer on the Mountain Lionsâ€TM opening possession, CU-Colorado Springs went scoreless for the next 6:00. Fortunately for the Mountain Lions, the Mavericksâ€TM offense was sluggish as well.

Stephanie Sauter knocked down a 3-pointer with 14:04 remaining in the first half to put CU-Colorado Springs up 6-3. Stephanie Sauter would hit two more 3-pointers to spark a 11-5 Mountain Lion to put CU-Colorado Springs up 17-8. Mesa State closed the half with monster run to take a 28-26 lead at the break.

The teams traded baskets early in the second before the Mountain Lions broke a 34-34 tie with an 8-0 run that put them up for good. CU-Colorado Springs was able to hit enough of its free-throws down the stretch to ice the game.

The Mountain Lions were hot from 3-point land Friday hitting 10-of-21 from behind the arc. Julie Richards, who finished with 15 points and four blocks, was 3-for-5 on 3-pointers. Stephanie Sauter, who had nine points off the bench, was also 3-for-5 on 3-pointers.

Emily Jenkins struggled from the floor, shooting just 1-for-9, but had a game-high 14 rebounds and was a solid 8-for-12 from the foul line

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Jennine SauterJennine Sauter21FFr.
Jennine SauterJennine Sauter21FSo
Jennine SauterJennine Sauter21FJr.
Jennine SauterJennine Sauter21FSr.
Julie RichardsJulie Richards40CSo
Julie RichardsJulie Richards40CFr.
Julie RichardsJulie Richards40CJr.
Julie RichardsJulie Richards40CSr.
Lindsay ArnoldusLindsay Arnoldus10GJr.
Emily JenkinsEmily Jenkins22FSo.
Emily JenkinsEmily Jenkins22FSo.
Emily JenkinsEmily Jenkins33FJr.
Emily JenkinsEmily Jenkins33FSr.
Stephanie SauterStephanie Sauter32GFr.
Stephanie SauterStephanie Sauter12F
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