Turnovers costly in loss to CSU-Pueblo
PUEBLO â€" The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs had more turnovers than a French bakery as the Mountain Lions fell to 0-6 with a 57-47 loss to the Colorado State-Pueblo Thunderwolves Friday evening at the Colorado State Fairgrounds Events Center.
It was the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opener for both teams. In addition, the win secured two points for CSU-Pueblo in the Steel and Silver rivalry series between the schools. UCCS leads the series 9-6.
â€œWe had 23 turnovers and they had seven,â€ said UCCS coach Jessika Stratton. â€œThat was the difference in the game.
â€œYou canâ€TMt win games like that.â€
CSU-Pueblo used a combination of traps, jumping the passing lanes and slapping at the ball to frustrate the UCCS offense. The Mountain Lions came into the game surrendering an RMAC-worst 23 turnovers per game.
â€œIt was difficult to get into our plays and get ball to the wings,â€ said UCCS forward Emily Jenkins. â€œThey made it difficult for our point guards to see the floor.â€
Jenkins, though, didnâ€TMt seem to have that problem. The junior from Lynnwood, Wash., led the Mountain Lions with 13 points and a career-high 17 rebounds.
â€œIâ€TMve been really disappointed in my rebounding lately,â€ said Jenkins. â€œMy goal tonight was to crash the boards and get into double figures for rebounds.â€
Dolly Fiedelman added 11 points for UCCS, while Janean Jubic had nine. Tonya Tripp grabbed eight rebounds despite playing with the aftereffects of food poisoning.
Lindsay Black led CSU-Pueblo (3-4) with 18 points.
The first half was a contest of whether UCCSâ€TM inability to handle the ball (12 turnovers) could trump CSU-Puebloâ€TMs poor shooting (17.9 percent from the field). The results were inconclusive as the Mountain Lions went to the break with a 22-19 lead after a Jubic 24-footer at the buzzer.
A pair of Fiedelman 3-pointers helped the Mountain Lions build a 28-19 lead to start the second half. But a 19-6 Thunderwolves run turned UCCSâ€TM nine-point lead into a 38-34 deficit with 10-minutes remaining.
The Mountain Lions were unable to regain the lead after that.
â€œIf you donâ€TMt score and turn the ball over, you wonâ€TMt win any games,â€ said Stratton.
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