Mountain Lions beat Mountaineers

published February 25, 2005

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.

“We did a good job of turning our opponent over,” said coach Marty Fletcher. “And in the second half we were able to convert those turnovers into points.”

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.

“We played very good pressure defense tonight,” 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.

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Nicole OpfermanNicole Opferman30GSo.
Nicole OpfermanNicole Opferman30GJr
Nicole OpfermanNicole Opferman30GSr.
Julie RichardsJulie Richards40CSo
Julie RichardsJulie Richards40CFr.
Julie RichardsJulie Richards40CJr.
Julie RichardsJulie Richards40CSr.
Caroline OttinoCaroline Ottino13FSo.
Caroline OttinoCaroline Ottino13FSo.
Caroline OttinoCaroline Ottino13C/FSr.
Lindsay ArnoldusLindsay Arnoldus10GJr.
Emily JenkinsEmily Jenkins22FSo.
Emily JenkinsEmily Jenkins22FSo.
Emily JenkinsEmily Jenkins33FJr.
Emily JenkinsEmily Jenkins33FSr.
Crystal ArmendarezCrystal Armendarez24FFr.
Crystal ArmendarezCrystal Armendarez20F
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