Sauter, Mountain Lions win RMAC opener
Jennine Sauter scored 29 points to lead the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to a 70-60 victory over the Chadron State Eagles Thursday night at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in the Rocky Mountin Athletic Conference opener for both teams.
The teams played at the USOTC because the Mountain Lionsâ€TM home venue, the Lionsâ€TM Den, was unavailable.
Sauter, who came into the game averaging a team-high 22.8 points per game, poured in 18 in the second half as the Mountain Lions (2-3, 1-0 RMAC) built their lead to as many as 16. Typically, Sauter credited her teammates for her output.
â€œTheyâ€TMre getting me the ball,â€ said Sauter. â€œTheyâ€TMre getting me open.â€
Chadron State made 3-pointers on each of its first three possessions to claim an early 9-3 lead.
Sauter hit a 3-pointer and Crystal Armendarez added a field goal and a free throw as UCCS tied it at nine.
The score was still tied at 23 when the Mountain Lions reeled off a 12-0 run by running their offense through the post against the smaller Eagles. That forced Chadron State to collapse its defense.
â€œWe know we have to go through (center) Julie (Richards),â€ said Stephanie Sauter, who finished with 10 rebounds, eight points and seven steals. â€œWhen sheâ€TMs on, they have to double down on her.
â€œThe more we get it in to her, the more weâ€TMre going to be open from the outside. â€œ
UCCS made five of its 12 3-point attempts in the first period, building a 42-33 halftime led.
Chadron State adjusted by denying the post rather than doubling it, putting the onus on Richards to carry the load. The tactic was effective for a while, helping the Eagles close the deficit to seven.
UCCS, though, found an answer.
â€œWe were getting stuck on running our regular (offense) so we added where the guards cut (toward the basket) and come back out,â€ said Maribeth Martinez, who had six assists and five steals. â€œIt opened up a lot for us.â€
Richards added 10 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks for UCCS.
Natalyn Cumings and Chelsea DeHaven each had 14 points for Chadron State (1-5, 0-1 RMAC).
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