Mountain Lions drop to 0-2 after 85-60 loss to Mavericks

By Matt Sandstead published November 18, 2006

PUEBLO - Despite 19 points and nine rebounds by Nancy Hoist, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Mountain Lions were unable to contain the multiple-threat offense of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Mavericks and fell 85-60 Saturday afternoon in the Al Kaly Shrine Classic.

The Mavericks brought with them a motto into their game against the Mountain Lions- Share the wealth. Four of the Mavericks scored in double digits with two others adding eight apiece.

In the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, it is rare for a team to have more than two players score more than 10 points each. So coming into the game against the Mavericks the Mountain Lions were unaccustomed to playing a team with more offensive threats than they had fingers on one hand.

"There are some really great players [in the RMAC]," said head coach Jessika Stratton leading to the idea of not all of those great players being on the same team. "[The Mavericks] have so many different weapons. So if you try to stop one thing, they hit you with another."

In contrast the Mountain Lions' offense was extremely balanced as all but three players on the roster scored with only two scoriong more than 10.

This kind of balanced offense allows the Mountain Lions to rotate players through the lineup and show opposing offenses different looks defensively throughout the game. However, this can bring about a lack of chemistry early in a season, and according to Hoist, the biggest problem for the Mountain Lions tonight against the Mavericks was exactly that.

"We need to work harder on defense to communicate better," said Hoist. "Coach [Stratton] talks about consistency. And we need to work on being consistant both offensively and defensively. Better communication will really help with that, and help us be ready for the RMAC."

That lack of communication on defense led to 23 3-point shot attempts by the Mavericks, 11 of which connected, for a 47.8 shooting percentage.

The Mountain Lions' scoring efforts were led by Hoist who had 19 points, nine rebounds and three assists, all team-highs. Emily Jenkins added nine points and five boards. But the bright spot offensively for the Mountain Lions was the emergence of Lauren Holm off the bench. Holm finished with 12 points on a 4-for-4 shooting performance, including 2-for-2 from the free-throw line.

"[Lauren] does a great job when she gets in there. She can shoot and she can drive," said Stratton. "I would love to utilize her more and she proved tonight that she deserves more minutes."

The Mountain Lions travel to Greeley, Colo. on Nov. 29 to face the Division I University of Northern Colorado Bears for their next game and hope to refine their game plan in the time before then.

"This week we just need to work with what we have and perfect it," said Stratton. "I think we are doing some great things [right now], and have our moments. We just need to work on execution."

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