Women's basketball falls to Regis
DENVER â€" The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Mountain Lions fell behind early Friday night and never fully recovered in a 66-53 loss to the Regis Rangers at Regis Fieldhouse.
But while they never recovered, neither did they fold. Despite trailing by as many as 23 in the second half to the No. 26 Rangers (8-2, 3-0 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference), the Mountain Lions mounted a 17-4 run that closed the deficit to 63-53 with 1:51 left.
â€œI wasnâ€TMt the kind of player, and Iâ€TMm not the kind of coach now, who will roll over and play dead,â€ said UCCS coach Jessika Stratton. â€œThings might not be going our way, but weâ€TMre still going to fight and make (opponents) play to the end.â€
Jennine Sauter, the RMACâ€TMs leading scorer, led UCCS (2-5, 1-2) with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Julie Richards added 18 points, seven of which came during the late rally.
While the second-half rally showed character, the game was decided in the first half when UCCS couldnâ€TMt stop the 3-pointer and compounded that flaw with its own poor shooting.
â€œThey shot the lights out,â€ said Martinez.
Regis knocked down 7 of its 11 3-point attempts in the first half. The Mountain Lions, meanwhile, made just 29.4 percent of their field goal attempts and only 1-of-7 from long range. The result was a 39-24 Regis lead at the half from which UCCS never recovered.
When the Mountain Lions did stop the 3, Regis did a good job executing back-side cuts for layups.
â€œWe allowed them to have too many back doors,â€ said Maribeth Martinez, who led UCCS with six assists and four steals. â€œWe have a tendency to get so caught up in wanting to get that steal that we forget where our man is at. We know thatâ€TMs one of our weaknesses so thatâ€TMs something we have to work on.â€
Despite that, UCCS held the Rangers to 38.3 percent shooting for the game.
â€œWe knew that Regis was going to be good,â€ said Martinez. â€œWe wanted to show that weâ€TMre a good ball team. We needed to make a point.â€
The Rangers made three 3-pointers on their first four possessions to open up a 9-4 lead. A field goal by Richards closed the gap to 9-8, but Regis answered with a 30-14 run.
The 3-pointer has been a familiar plague for UCCS this season. The Mountain Lions came into Fridayâ€TMs game last in the RMAC in 3-point defense, allowing opponents to convert at a 43.6 percent clip.
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