Trio of 20-somethings leads UCCS past Colorado College
A trio of 20-somethings wrought havoc upon the Colorado College Tigers Monday night.
Jennine Sauter, Stephanie Sauter and Julie Richards each scored 20 or more points as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Mountain Lions defeated their intra-city rivals 88-70 at the Lionsâ€TM Den.
Jennine Sauter had a game-high 27 points, while Stephanie Sauter added 21 points and Richards had 20 for UCCS (5-8), which shot season-highs from the field (51.7 percent) and from 3-point range (50 percent).
Paige Whitney led Colorado College (9-5) with 20 points. Melanie Auguste came off the bench to add 17 points. Auguste also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds for the Tigers, who amassed a 52-33 advantage on the boards against the bigger Mountain Lions.
The Mountain Lions defense was particularly pesky, forcing 26 turnovers â€" 18 of which came by way of steals. UCCS also kept the Tigers from setting their feet to shoot, which contributed to Colorado Collegeâ€TMs 31 percent shooting on the night. When the Tigers did get inside, Richards and Jennine Sauter cleaned up with five and three blocked shots respectively.
Stephanie Sauter and Maribeth Martinez each had four steals for UCCS. Stephanie Sauter effectively baited Colorado College passers.
â€œI have pretty quick hands so I try to get them to throw over my head,â€ said Stephanie Sauter, â€œand usually I can at least tip it.â€
UCCS opened by scoring the gameâ€TMs first seven points. Colorado College closed to 9-7 when a pair of 3-pointers by Stephanie Sauter led the Mountain Lions on a 10-0 run. The Tigers whittle the advantage to eight, but UCCS closed with a 19-9 run to hold a 41-23 lead at the break.
â€œWe wanted to set the tempo from the beginning,â€ said Jennine Sauter. â€œWe had a goal that they were never going to hold the lead and we held that.â€
The Sauter sisters accounted for 31 of the Mountain Lionsâ€TM points in the half.
Colorado College never got closer than 16 the rest of the way.
For the Mountain Lions, the game served as a recovery from Saturdayâ€TMs debacle at Nebraska-Kearney.
â€œAfter the performance we had on Saturday, we needed to have a good game like this,â€ said Jennine Sauter. â€œWe played pretty sloppy with them outrebounding us and such, but we got the win.â€
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