Sauter grabs record in loss

By Doug Fitzgerald published February 23, 2006

Jennine Sauter scored 21 points to become the University of Colorado at Colorado Springsâ€TM all-time single-season scoring leader, but the Mountain Lions suffered their third straight defeat, 82-69 to the Mesa State Mavericks Thursday night at Grand Junction.

Sauter needs just 13 points at Western State on Friday to pass B.J. McNeally as the UCCS career scoring leader. More importantly, the Mountain Lions now need a win to stay alive in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference playoff race.

The Mountain Lions (11-15, 8-10 RMAC), once seemingly a lock for a playoff spot, are now tied with New Mexico Highlands, a 67-58 winner over Western State Thursday, for the eighth and final seed. UCCS needs to win its game Friday and hope Highlands loses to Mesa State. The Mountain Lions could also qualify if they win and Colorado Mines, which plays at Regis on Friday and at Metro State on Saturday, loses both.

Should both UCCS and Highlands win, the RMACâ€TMs complicated tiebreaking formula would be dusted off. Since opponentsâ€TM winning percentages are part of the formula, it is not possible at this time to determine which team would get the nod.

Stephanie Sauter added 16 points for the Mountain Lions, while Caroline Ottino and Julie Richards added 10 points each. Ottino also grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.

Allison Piekarski led Mesa State (9-17, 7-11) with 25 points. Brittany Fowler hit four 3-pointers in the second half to finish with 16 points.

The Mountain Lions built a 30-21 lead after an Ottino three-point play with 4:35 left in the first half. Mesa State finished the half with a 9-1 flurry to cut the lead to one at the half.

The Mavericks led 40-37 when they took control of the game. The Mountain Lions missed 10 consecutive field goal attempts to help Mesa State forge a 15-1 run that blew the game open.


UCCS Players/Staff Featured

BJ McNeallyBJ McNeally10GJr.
B.J. McNeallyB.J. McNeally10GSr.
Jennine SauterJennine Sauter21FFr.
Jennine SauterJennine Sauter21FSo
Jennine SauterJennine Sauter21FJr.
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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