Comeback falls short for UCCS women

By Doug Fitzgerald published November 29, 2006

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs got to within two three times in the final minutes Wednesday night but were unable to complete the comeback in a 62-56 loss to the Division I Northern Colorado Bears at the Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion in Greeley.

After trailing by as many as eight, the Mountain Lions (0-3) closed to within two on a pair of Tonya Tripp free throws with 3:07 remaining. Northern Colorado quickly answered that challenge with a Whitley Cox jumper.

Two Nancy Hoist free throws again cut the deficit to 54-52 with 1:10 left. The Bears broke the UCCS press, however, resulting in a layup by Cox.

The Mountain Lions made their final thrust with 31 seconds remaining. Stacy LaBuhn drew a foul in the lane and made both free throws to make the score 56-54. With so little time left, the Mountain Lions were forced to foul. Northern Colorado went 6-of-6 from the line to ice the game.

Cox led all scorers with 21 points, while Heather Barbour added 13 and a team-high nine rebounds for Northern Colorado (2-5).

Tripp led the Mountain Lions with 15 points, while Nancy Hoist added 10. Each had eight rebounds. LaBuhn, who has been hobbled with a shin injury, had nine points and two assists before fouling out.

UCCS did a good job limiting the Bearsâ€TM perimeter game, holding the Bears to 1-of-15 shooting from 3-point range.

The Bears took their biggest first-half lead, seven points, on a Bailey Dillon 3-pointer with two minutes remaining. The Mountain Lions were able to trim the deficit to three on a pair of Hoist layups, the second on a steal with just 13 seconds left.


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