Mountain Lions beat Mountaineers
The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs dominated the second half as they beat the Western State Mountaineers 76-53 Friday night in the Lionsâ€TM Den.
The Mountain Lions opened the second half by making four of their first five field goal attempts as they mounted an 11-0 run to extend the lead to 41-28. Western State was never able to get closer than 11 the rest of the way. UCCS outscored Western State 46-25 overall in the second half.
â€œWe did a good job of turning our opponent over,â€ said coach Marty Fletcher. â€œAnd in the second half we were able to convert those turnovers into points.â€
UCCS (10-16, 5-13 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) forced a season-high 37 turnovers and held the Mountaineers to just 29.3 percent shooting.
â€œWe played very good pressure defense tonight,â€ said Fletcher.
Lindsay Arnoldus had a career-high 19 points, four assists and five steals to lead UCCS. Julie Richards had 11 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks while Emily Jenkins added eight points and a game-high eleven rebounds.
The Mountain Lions shot 42.1 percent from the floor, a season-high against Division II opponents.
Western State didnâ€TMt have a single player score double figures as the Mountaineers were lead by Ashley Braaschâ€TMs nine points.
The game was close in the first half. A layup by Caroline Ottino gave UCCS a 28-19 lead with 3:48 left in the first half. Four points by Liz Davies and five by Meghan McKinney helped Western State (4-24, 1-17 RMAC) close the half with a 9-2 run and cut the lead to 30-28 at the break. But the Mountaineers had no answer for the Mountain Lions explosive second half.
CU-Colorado Springs got good production off its bench as well. Nicole Opferman had six points on 3-for-4 shooting and Crystal Armendarez was 2-for-2 from the floor and also had a pair of rebounds.
The Mountain Lions will wrap up their season Saturday night when they play host to Mesa State.
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