UCCS women shoot near-record low in loss to Adams State
COLORADO SPRINGS â€" â€œUgly,â€ was the only word University of Colorado at Colorado Springs coach Jessika Stratton could find as she walked off the floor Thursday night. Rarely is a single word so descriptive.
Strattonâ€TMs Mountain Lions shot a miserable 25.4 percent, the second-lowest UCCS shooting percentage ever in the Lionsâ€TM Den, and were predictably beaten 53-47 by the Adams State Grizzlies.
The Mountain Lions shooting performance was by far their worst of the season and the sixth worst ever posted by a UCCS team. The Mountain Lions previously forged a 16.9 percent fiasco at Fort Lewis on Feb. 18, 2005.
The lowest percentage ever shot by a UCCS team at the Lions' Den was 21.7 percent against Lubbock Christian on Dec. 4, 2002.
Jennine Sauter led UCCS (11-13, 8-8 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) with 18 points, but went 4-for-18 from the field. The senior also had nine rebounds.
Adams State (4-20, 3-13 RMAC) didnâ€TMt exactly light it up either. The Grizzlies, who were led by Rachel Sandâ€TMs 13 points, shot 34.5 percent and committed 29 turnovers. Isil Oskan added 12 points for Adams State.
The diminutive Grizzlies ran UCCS of the backboards, grabbing 59 rebounds compared to the Mountain Lionsâ€TM 33. Brandie Telfer had 10 of those caroms, while Sand and Ozkan grabbed nine each.
To add an exclamation point to UCCSâ€TM struggles, Erica Marquez and Sarah Lamb, who are listed as being taller but likely couldnâ€TMt reach the rim standing on each others shoulders, combined for 15 rebounds.
With seven minutes left in the first half, UCCS was a combined 3-for-24 from the field but still held a one-point lead. The Mountain Lions led 22-21 with 18:21 left in the game when Adams State put together an 18-9 run to take what in this game proved to be a commanding lead.
The Mountain Lions climbed back at an excruciating pace and closed to 44-43 with 2:14 remaining. They couldnâ€TMt keep it up as UCCS went 2-for-7 the rest of the way.
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