Late rally falls short in home loss
The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs mounted a late rally but the effort stalled as the Mountain Lions lost 66-53 to the Fort Hays State Tigers Saturday night at the Lionsâ€TM Den.
A Stephanie Sauter jumper capped an 11-1 run that closed the Mountain Lionsâ€TM deficit to 49-45 with 4:29 remaining in the game. Just seconds before, though, UCCS center Julie Richards picked up her fourth foul and was removed from the game. Without their 6-foot-2 senior, the Mountain Lions proved vulnerable inside.
Fort Hays State (6-2, 2-0 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) scored on five of its next six possessions by pounding the ball inside to force the double team, then passing out for easy 15-footers or forcing a foul.
â€œThey were utilizing the post,â€ said UCCS senior Jennine Sauter, who had 15 points and a game-high nine rebounds. â€œWhen we donâ€TMt have Julie in, weâ€TMre at an extreme disadvantage because out other posts are not as strong. The exploited our weakness.â€
By the time Richards returned, UCCS was forced to foul on each Tiger possession.
Richards led the Mountain Lions (2-4, 1-1 RMAC) with 18 points. The Doherty grad was a force when she was in the game, making 7-of-13 field goal attempts and blocking three shots. Foul trouble, however, limited her to 25 minutes.
â€œJulie stepped up big tonight,â€ said Sauter. â€œIt was unfortunate that she got into foul trouble because we really needed her. We have to utilize her more because there arenâ€TMt many players who can play defense on her.â€
The rest of the Mountain Lions combined to shoot just 11-for-42. Fort Hays State allowed post players Ashlee Gustin and Ashlee Schneider go one-on-one in the post, leaving their other four players to fly around the perimeter.
â€œThey were just pressuring us,â€ said Sauter. â€œThey were playing extreme pressure defense and we couldnâ€TMt get into our offense.â€
Crystal Harden led the Tigers with 16 points and eight rebounds as Fort Hays State outrebounded UCCS 45-32. Tia Enenson added 15 points and Katie Deighton had 10.
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