UCCS no match for Lopers without Richards
Playing without center Julie Richards, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs proved to be no match for the Nebraska-Kearney Lopers in a 75-40 loss Saturday at Kearney, Neb.
Without Richards, who was serving a disciplinary suspension, Nebraska-Kearney outrebounded UCCS 57-41, including a 25-14 advantage on the offensive glass.
Richards absence was exacerbated when the Mountain Lionsâ€TM leading scorer and rebounder, Jennine Sauter, went down with a sprained ankle late in the first half. Sauter came back to play in the second half but was clearly limited physically. The senior from Smoky Hill High School managed only eight points on 3-of-15 shooting from the field. She did grab 10 rebounds.
Caroline Ottino replaced Richards in the starting lineup and had eight points, 10 rebounds and two blocks in a career high 32 minutes.
UNK (11-4, 6-1 RMAC) ran its win streak to eight straight games while the Mountain Lions drop to 4-8 (3-4 RMAC) on the season.
UNK had 30 second chance points compared to only nine for the Mountain Lions. The Lopers also tallied 29 points off 24 UCCS turnovers.
Defensively, UNK held UCCS to 29 percent (17 of 58) shooting from the field.
Senior center Kalee Modlin had 16 points and 14 rebounds, her fourth double-double of the year. In the backcourt, junior Liz Fischer had 16 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals
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