Road woes continue for UCCS women

By Doug Fitzgerald published February 3, 2006

DURANGO â€" The Mountain Lions continued to be road kill Friday night.

Behind 23 points from Amy Moulton, the Fort Lewis Skyhawks bombed their way past the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs 75-62 at Whalen Gymnasium.

The Mountain Lions are now 1-7 on the road and must play their next two away from home. UCCS is at Adams state on Saturday and New Mexico Highlands on Tuesday.

Julie Richards led the Mountain Lions with 17 points. Jennine Sauter and Stephanie Sauter added 14 an 11 points respectively but neither was able to get into any kind of rhythm from long range. UCCS was 5-of-17 from 3-point range and shot just 32.1 percent overall.

“We couldnâ€TMt hit any of our outside shots tonight,” said Richards. “That was a killer.”

Fort Lewis, however, could. The Skyhawks made 47.5 percent of their field goal attempts, including 12-of-24 from 3-point range.

Aside from struggling with the 3-pointer, UCCS played good defense. The Mountain Lions forced 19 turnovers, 13 of which were the result of steals. Unfortunately, those turnovers only generated eight UCCS points.

“We have to be able to finish and capitalize on the opportunities we create defensively,” said UCCS coach Jessika Stratton. “They made mistakes but when we came down, we didnâ€TMt finish.”

The biggest consequence of the loss is the damage it does to UCCSâ€TM playoff aspirations. The Mountain Lions fell a game behind both Fort Lewis and Colorado State-Pueblo in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conferenceâ€TMs western Division standings.

Earning first place in the Western Division is of particular importance this season. The two division winners are automatically seeded No. 1 and 2 in the RMAC playoffs thus guaranteeing them a first-round home playoff game. With Eastern Division powers Metro State, Fort Hays State, Regis and Nebraska-Kearney all dominating, it is likely that only the division winner out of the west will host a postseason game.

The Skyhawks came out content to fire away from the perimeter Friday. That proved to be a wise choice as 21 of Fort Lewisâ€TM first 27 points came by way of 3-pointers as the Skyhawks took a 27-15 lead. That lead grew to as many as 14 before UCCS found a way to get the ball into the post. Julie Richards had four of her 10 first-half points in the final 4:54 s the Mountain Lions reduced the deficit to a daunting, but achievable, 33-24.

“We played great defense for 25 seconds (per possession),” said Stratton, “and then one mental mistake, one letdown and weâ€TMre late getting out on a shooter and they get an open shot.”

Fort Lewis opened the second half with a 7-2 run to open up a 14-point lead. Twice UCCS got it down to 12, but never got any closer.

Fridayâ€TMs loss put a magnifying glass on Saturdayâ€TMs contest at Adams State.

“Tomorrowâ€TMs a very big game for us,” said Stratton. “We have to understand that there are two halves to this weekend and tomorrow is the second half. We have to come ready to play.”

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