Defense key's UCCS win

By Doug Fitzgerald published January 5, 2006

Behind an inspired defensive effort, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs womenâ€TMs basketball team defeated the Colorado Christian Cougars 71-39 Thursday night at the Lionsâ€TM Den.

The Mountain Lions (3-7, 2-3 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference), who trapped extensively out of both their zone and man defenses, had 21 steals, 10 blocked shots and held Colorado Christian to 24.6 percent shooting. UCCS opened the second half by holding the Cougars scoreless for nearly seven minutes, allowing the Mountain Lions to turn a 16-point halftime lead into a 30-point blowout.

“We played good team defense,” said UCCS sophomore Stephanie Sauter, who had six assists and three steals. “This week in practice we were really working on on-ball traps. We put as much pressure as we could on (Colorado Christian) and cut the (passing) lanes. It was easy to steal because the pressure hurt them a lot.”

It also helped that the Mountain Lions had 6-footers Jennine Sauter, Caroline Ottino and Crystal Armendarez, along with 6-foot-2 Julie Richards, in the post.

“We knew that even if they get the ball in low, we have good post defense,” said Stephanie Sauter. “They were shorter than us, so they werenâ€TMt able to do much in the post.”

Richards, who came into the game leading the RMAC and sixth in the nation in blocked shots, swatted five more Thursday night to go with her 19 points and team-high nine rebounds.

“Julie is such a threat on defense,” said Stephanie Sauter. “Itâ€TMs a lot easier to (get steals) when you know youâ€TMve got Julie in there blocking their shots if they drive by you.”

Jennine Sauter led UCCS with 20 points and five steals to go with her six assists, while Dolly Fiedelman had a season-high 12 points.

Sara Davis led Colorado Christian (2-10, 1-4 RMAC) with 13 points. The injury-riddled Cougars only suited up seven players, one of whom (Sarah Tidwell) was seeing her first playing time of the season.

A pair of Davis free throws made the score 12-10 with just over 13 minutes remaining in the first half. Jennine Sauter had eight of her 14 first-half points as UCCS outscored the Cougars 24-10 to end the half with a 36-20 lead.

 

 


The Mountain Lions (3-7, 2-3 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference), who trapped extensively out of both their zone and man defenses, had 21 steals, 10 blocked shots and held Colorado Christian to 24.6 percent shooting. UCCS opened the second half by holding the Cougars scoreless for nearly seven minutes, allowing the Mountain Lions to turn a 16-point halftime lead into a 30-point blowout.

“We played good team defense,” said UCCS sophomore Stephanie Sauter, who had six assists and three steals. “This week in practice we were really working on on-ball traps. We put as much pressure as we could on (Colorado Christian) and cut the (passing) lanes. It was easy to steal because the pressure hurt them a lot.”

It also helped that the Mountain Lions had 6-footers Jennine Sauter, Caroline Ottino and Crystal Armendarez, along with 6-foot-2 Julie Richards, in the post.

“We knew that even if they get the ball in low, we have good post defense,” said Stephanie Sauter. “They were shorter than us, so they werenâ€TMt able to do much in the post.”

Richards, who came into the game leading the RMAC and sixth in the nation in blocked shots, swatted five more Thursday night to go with her 19 points and team-high nine rebounds.

“Julie is such a threat on defense,” said Stephanie Sauter. “Itâ€TMs a lot easier to (get steals) when you know youâ€TMve got Julie in there blocking their shots if they drive by you.”

Jennine Sauter led UCCS with 20 points and five steals to go with her six assists, while Dolly Fiedelman had a season-high 12 points.

Sara Davis led Colorado Christian (2-10, 1-4 RMAC) with 13 points. The injury-riddled Cougars only suited up seven players, one of whom (Sarah Tidwell) was seeing her first playing time of the season.

A pair of Davis free throws made the score 12-10 with just over 13 minutes remaining in the first half. Jennine Sauter had eight of her 14 first-half points as UCCS outscored the Cougars 24-10 to end the half with a 36-20 lead.

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Jennine SauterJennine Sauter21FFr.
Jennine SauterJennine Sauter21FSo
Jennine SauterJennine Sauter21FJr.
Jennine SauterJennine Sauter21FSr.
Julie RichardsJulie Richards40CSo
Julie RichardsJulie Richards40CFr.
Julie RichardsJulie Richards40CJr.
Julie RichardsJulie Richards40CSr.
Caroline OttinoCaroline Ottino13FSo.
Caroline OttinoCaroline Ottino13FSo.
Caroline OttinoCaroline Ottino13C/FSr.
Crystal ArmendarezCrystal Armendarez24FFr.
Crystal ArmendarezCrystal Armendarez20F
Stephanie SauterStephanie Sauter12F
Stephanie SauterStephanie Sauter32GFr.
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