The Great Leap Backwards

By Mike McNeely published January 23, 2005

 One step forward and two steps back. Itâ€TMs hard to get any where at that pace, but unfortunately that is exactly what the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs has done all season. The Mountain Lions latest steps backwards came Saturday night in Gunnison where they lost to Western State 64-49.

The loss comes on the heels of one of the Mountain Lions biggest wins of the season, a 69-60 victory at Mesa State on Friday. Against Mesa State the Mountain Lions were red hot from outside, hitting 47.6 percent (10-of-21) of their 3-point attempts.

But on Saturday, the Mountain Lions were ice cold, shooting just 24 percent (6-for-25) on 3-pointers. CU-Colorado Springs shot 31 percent from the floor overall. Western State shot 42.9 percent for the game. Aside from the shooting discrepancy, the biggest difference in the game was fouls.

The Mountain Lions (6-9, 2-7 RMAC) were whistled for 28 fouls, Western State just 15. This not only led to Mountain Lions losing both Julie Richards and Emily Jenkins to fouls, but it also helped the Mountaineers to a monster advantage at the free-throw line.

Western State shot just 59.4 percent (14-of-32) on free-throws, but its 32 attempts were four times as many as CU-Colorado Springs was awarded. The Mountain Lions shot well at they line when they got there, 87.5 percent (7-for-8), but the eight attempts were a season-low.

Jenkins led CU-Colorado Springs with 12 points and five rebounds. Lindsay Arnoldus had 10 points and three assists.

The Mountaineers (4-14, 1-8) led for most of the game and appeared to have put CU-Colorado Springs away on a Taryn Brennan layup with 3:20 that put Western State up 55-42. The Mountain Lions got back to within striking distance with a 7-0 run capped off by an Arnoldus 3-pointer to cut the lead to 55-49 with 2:10 to go. The Mountain Lions didnâ€TMt score the rest of the way.

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