Late rally falls short in home loss

By Doug Fitzgerald published December 10, 2005

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.

“They were utilizing the post,” said UCCS senior Jennine Sauter, who had 15 points and a game-high nine rebounds. “When we donâ€TMt have Julie in, weâ€TMre at an extreme disadvantage because out other posts are not as strong. The exploited our weakness.”

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.

“Julie stepped up big tonight,” said Sauter. “It 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.”

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.

“They were just pressuring us,” said Sauter. “They were playing extreme pressure defense and we couldnâ€TMt get into our offense.”

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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