UCCS women win first RMAC road game
ALAMOSA â€" Who said anything about a road jinx?
Behind 16 points from Julie Richards, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs defeated the Adams State Grizzlies 60-48 Saturday night at Plachy Hall.
The Mountain Lions have now won two of their past three on the road after dropping their first six. It was also their first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference win on the road.
â€œWinning on the road â€" in the black jersey â€" is going to be good for their confidence,â€ said UCCS coach Jessika Stratton. â€œItâ€TMs good to kind of get that monkey off our back.
â€œItâ€TMs also very important to split on the road and we did.â€
This one wasnâ€TMt a work of art. Well, maybe it was modern art. Something expressive of humanityâ€TMs struggle to find the basket.
The Guggenheim has been alerted.
The Mountain Lions shot a woeful 14.3 percent from 3-point range and an unimpressive 36.1 percent overall. Adams State did them one better, shooting 28.3 percent overall.
â€œWe still havenâ€TMt shot to the best of our ability (on the road),â€ said Stratton. â€œWe got some easy layups and still couldnâ€TMt hit.â€
The Mountain Lions looked to get the ball inside against the smaller Grizzlies from the outset. Center Julie Richards scored eight UCCSâ€TM first 11 points as the Mountain Lions built a 15-5 lead.
Yet UCCS did not take advantage of enough opportunities, allowing Adams State stay in the game. After going up 15-5, didnâ€TMt score again for over three minutes. Mackenzie Knobbe broke drought with two free throws at 5:36 to trigger a 9-0 UCCS run to take a 24-9 lead with 2:45 left in the half.
While the 14 points tied Adams Stateâ€TMs season low for points in a half, UCCS only held a 12-point lead at the break as leading scorer Jennine Sauter was held scoreless.
Sauter would come back in the second half to score 12 points for UCCS (9-11, 7-6 RMAC). She also grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds. Dolly Fiedelman added eight points and a career-high six steals.
Crystal Armendarez had another solid game off the bench for the Mountain Lions. The sophomore from Grand Junction had eight points and five rebounds.
â€œWhen I go into the game, I try to give us whatever weâ€TMre missing,â€ said Armendarez. â€œI think Iâ€TMm showing that I deserve the minutes Iâ€TMm getting.â€
The Mountain Lions again failed to lock the game up in the second half. After UCCS extended the lead to 16 with five minutes left, Grizzlies coach Jeff Storm â€" not entirely by choice, inserted a lineup featuring three players standing no taller than 5-4. The pesky lineup whittled the lead down to eight with just under three minutes remaining.
â€œTheyâ€TMre smaller and quicker so they get into the passing lanes really fast,â€ said Armendarez. â€œThey also had good ball pressure.â€
Erica Marquez led Adams State (3-18, 2-11 RMAC) with 16 points including all three of her teamâ€TMs 3-pointers. Brandie Telfer added 10 points and Isil Ozkan had 10 rebounds.
With Saturdayâ€TMs art show mercifully over, the Mountain Lions will now focus on Tuesdayâ€TMs game at New Mexico Highlands. After that, they get three straight at home.
â€œNow we have to go into Highlands (on Tuesday) and start next week out strong,â€ said Stratton.
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