Mountain Lions fail to capitalize on opportunity

By Matt Sandstead and Doug Fitzgerald published December 16, 2006


Stacy LaBuhn staged a one-person comeback, scoring six points in the final 48 seconds, but missed what would have been the game-tying free throw as the University of Colorado at Colorado fell 52-51 to the Western State Mountaineers Saturday evening at the Lionsâ€TM Den.

LaBuhn hit a 3-pointer with 48 seconds remaining to cut the Mountain Lionsâ€TM deficit to 52-48. The junior from New Lennox, Ill., then stole the inbounds pass near midcourt and drove through the Western State defense for a layup that cut the gap to two.

Western Stateâ€TMs Chelsea Wilkins missed a shot as the shot clock expired and UCCSâ€TM Alex Pitts hauled down the rebound with 14 seconds remaining. The freshman got the ball out to LaBuhn, who drew a foul nine seconds later.

"The game plan coming out of the timeout, was to take the ball to the hoop, try and draw the contact and get the foul," said LaBuhn.

LaBuhnâ€TMs first free throw was all net. LaBuhn, who was 80 percent from the free throw line coming into the game, missed what could have been the game-tying on her second attempt.

"I don't know what happened there," said LaBuhn.

After two missed free throws by Westernâ€TMs Liz Davies with 2.1 seconds left, LaBuhn got off a desperation shot from beyond midcourt that fell short.

LaBuhn finished with 11 points for UCCS (1-7, 1-2 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference). Tonya Tripp led the Mountain Lions with 15 points, while Nancy Hoist grabbed a game-high eight rebounds to go along with her seven points.

UCCS led by seven, its biggest lead of the game, with 15 minutes remaining when the Mountaineers went on a 17-5 run over the next nine minutes. The Mountain Lions came back to tie the game at 40 with just over four minutes left, but Western State responded with a 12-5 run.

Beth Thom and Chelsea Wilkins led Western State (4-6, 2-1 RMAC) with nine points each.

"We have a break going on right now and we have things we need to work on," said LaBuhn.

One of those things the Mountain Lions need to work on is turnovers. The Mountain Lions finished with 23 turnovers to match their season average, which is worst in the RMAC.

"Once we work on those things, we'll be fine," said LaBuhn.

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