Mountain Lions lose big lead, stil beat ASC

By Mike McNeely published February 3, 2005

Hot shooting led the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to an upset victory over the Fort Lewis Skyhawks Saturday afternoon at the Lionsâ€TM Den. The Mountain Lions shot 42.6 percent as they outlasted the Skyhawks 62-54.

Julie Richards had her best performance of the season as she was just three blocks shy of posting a triple-double. Richards finished with a career-high 22 points to go along with 11 rebounds and seven blocks.

Richards was able to victimize the Skyhawks zone defense, getting open looks all game. And when she got her looks she knocked them down, shooting 8-for-13.

“We moved the ball really well,” said Richards. “I was cutting down low and my teammates found me with good passes.”

The win is the Mountain Lions' second straight, putting them in prime position to make a run at the eighth playoff spot in the upcoming Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament.

“This was a big win for us,” said Richards “We worked really hard for it,”

It was the third straight game that the Mountain Lions shot over 35 percent, after shooting that well only three other times previously this season.

“We are getting betting offensively,” said CU-Colorado Springs coach Marty Fletcher. “Weâ€TMve shown that throughout the course of the last three weeks.”

If the Mountain Lions offense continues to improve and if they can keep shooting like this, their going to be tough to beat. The Mountain Lions are now 3-0 on the year when they shot 40 percent or better.

Jennine Sauter again had the hot hand for the CU-Colorado Springs (8-11, 4-9) in the first half. Sauter hit four 3-pointers in first twenty minutes to help CU-Colorado Springs to a 27-26 lead. The second half went back and fourth with the lead changing hands six times. The Mountain Lions outplayed the Skyhawks (11-9, 7-6) over the final five minutes to pull away.

A pair of free throws by Amy Mohr with 4:46 remaining gave Fort Lewis its final lead, 49-48. CU-Colorado Springs answered with a 3-pointer by Richards and a conventional 3-point play by Emily Jenkins to go up by five. After Fort Lewis made two free throws, CU-Colorado Springs got a free throw by Richards and a 3-pointer by Stephanie Sauter to take a 58-51 lead with 1:40 left. Fort Lewis, forced to foul, never got closer than five afterwards.

Mohr had a solid 19 points and nine rebounds to lead the Skyhawks.

“Amy Mohr is one of the best players in the conference and she had a fine game,” said Fletcher. “But we did a good job of not allowing any one else go way over their average. We played great team defense.”

Jennine Sauter finished with 16 points, two blocks, and two steals. Lindsay Arnoldus played great at the point, posting career-high nine assists with just three turnovers.

“It was a very good basketball game,” said Fletcher. “Both team played really hard and we were fortunate to come out with the victory.”

 

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