UCCS gets first road win

By Doug Fitzgerald published January 31, 2006

COLORADO SPRINGS â€" Jennine Sauter posted game-highs of 21 points and 13 rebounds to lead the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to a 72-65 victory over Colorado College in a women's basketball game on Tuesday night at CC's Reid Gymnasium.

Julie Richards added 14 points, while Caroline Ottino and Stephanie Sauter 11 and 10 points, respectively. It was the second straight impressive performance for Ottino, who had seven points and seven rebounds against Northern Colorado on Saturday.

“I came into this season a little behind because of the overlap with volleyball and it takes me a while to get into it,” said Ottino, who is also a starting middle blocker on the UCCS volleyball team. “Once I get going and feel my rhythm better I feel I have more to offer than what I was giving.”

Ottino matched her career high for scoring in a single game.

The Mountain Lions made this one closer than it needed to be. They led by as many as 12 in the second half but could not pull away due to 11-for-26 free throw shooting.

“The girls did a good job getting to the foul line and crashing the boards offensively and we got rewarded,” said UCCS coach Jessika Stratton. “We have to take advantage of that.”

But Stratton also pointed out it was her teamâ€TMs sixth game in the past 12 days.

“(The poor free throw shooting is) mental and itâ€TMs also fatigue,” said Stratton. “You can tell late in the game that our girls are tired.”

UCCS held a 12-point lead after a Richards layup with 3:39 left to play. Colorado College managed to cut the lead to five on a 3-pointer by Liz Kolbe with 51 seconds left in the game. Kolbe had another look from behind the arc seven seconds later, but the shot drew iron and UCCS pulled away on free throws.

UCCS made 14 of 29 free throws for the game and scored 10 of its final 14 points from the foul line. The Mountain Lions also took advantage of 19 turnovers by Colorado College while committing only 12. UCCS had only three turnovers in the second half.

“We did a much better job in the second half of just being patient. They wee running a box and one on Jennine. We wanted to continue with a motion offense with three bigs in the paint. We wanted the three bigs to set some screens for each other and get open and thatâ€TMs going to take some pressure off the guards as well.

Liz Schnaitter scored a career-high 16 points to pace the Tigers. Megan McCallister finished with 11 points, while sophomore forward Paige Whitney and freshman guard Melanie Auguste chipped in with 10 apiece. Auguste also had a game-high six assists.

UCCS extended its winning streak against the Tigers to seven games and are now 9-1 in the last 10 games against Colorado College. But the significance of this game had more to do with whatâ€TMs ahead. The Mountain Lions have key Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference road games against Fort Lewis on Friday and Adams State on Saturday. With UCCS currently tied with Fort Lewis and Colorado State-Pueblo for first place in the RMACâ€TMs Western Division, the importance f this weekendâ€TMs games is obvious.

“Itâ€TMs our first true road win,” said Ottino. “We wanted to get one under our belt before we traveled this weekend and hopefully pull a conference road win.”

Colorado College SID Dave Reed contributed to this report.

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Jennine SauterJennine Sauter21FJr.
Jennine SauterJennine Sauter21FSo
Jennine SauterJennine Sauter21FFr.
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.
Stephanie SauterStephanie Sauter32GFr.
Stephanie SauterStephanie Sauter12F
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