Sans Richards, UCCS falls to Division I Bears
Jennine Sauter had 19 points and a career-high 18 rebounds but the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs couldnâ€TMt keep pace with the Division I Northern Colorado Bears in a 72-55 loss Saturday afternoon in Greeley, Colo.
Playing without center Julie Richards, who was serving the final game of her two-game suspension for a violation of team rules, the Mountain Lions got outstanding production from Caroline Ottino and Crystal Armendarez. Ottino started and had seven points and seven rebounds in 17 minutes. Armendarezâ€TMs numbers were even better with a career-high 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting and five rebounds in 23 minutes.
UCCS struggled with its shooting, making only two of its 22 3-point attempts and 33.9 percent of its overall field goal attempts. Worse, the Mountain Lions went a weak 11-of-24 from the foul line.
Jena Fosdick led Northern Colorado (10-9) with 17 points, while Heather Barbour added 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Despite the absence of Richards, UCCS played Northern Colorado closer than any Division II team so far this season. The Bears previously beat Mesa State by 28 points and Colorado Christian by 32.
Neither team could build a lead larger than three points in the first half, with the Bears taking a 29-27 advantage into the break.
After an Ottino jumper tied the score to open the second half, Northern Colorado put on a 15-1 run to go up 50-35 with 10:46 remaining. A Sauter 3-pointer and a pair of field goals by Armendarez helped UCCS close the gap to 52-43 with just over eight minutes left. A minute later, a Sauter free throw cut the lead to eight, but the Mountain Lions could get no closer.
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