Post play leads UCCS women to win over Biola
The University of Colorado at Colorado Springsâ€TM trio of post players outdueled their Biola Eagles counterparts to lead the Mountain Lions to a 65-54 victory Saturday at Golden, Colo.
UCCSâ€TM Tonya Tripp, Nancy Hoist and Alex Pitts combined for 32 points and 18 rebounds. More importantly, they played suffocating defense that held the Biola trio of Megann Alberts, Jill Schiffelbein and Brittany Thomas to a 4-for-25 shooting performance.
Most impressive was the job the Mountain Lions did on Alberts, who came into the weekend averaging 16.3 points and shooting 43.4 percent from the field. The sophomore from Colorado Springs managed a team-high 15 points but made only four of her 20 shots from the field.
â€œWe used all three players (Tripp, Hoist and Pitts) on (Alberts) and the mix caused her problems,â€ said UCCS coach Jessika Stratton. â€œWe fronted in the first half and double-teamed in the second and that forced her to take rushed shots.â€
The defense paid big dividends in the first half. Biola (5-6) tried to force the ball to Alberts, who made just one of her 11 attempts as the Eagles shot a dismal 17.2 percent as a team. They also committed 11 turnovers.
That the defense played so well was fortunate for the Mountain Lions, who managed to shoot just 24 percent in the opening period. UCCS went into the intermission with a 22-13 lead.
Behind eight points by Dolly Fiedelman, the Mountain Lions opened the second half with a 14-0 run that increased the lead to 36-13.
â€œIt was a good win,â€ said Stratton. â€œWe pulled away for the first time.â€
They also made the lead stand. One day after blowing leads in each half of a loss to Kansas Wesleyan, the Mountain Lions held tight to Saturdayâ€TMs advantage. Biola made several mini-runs but were never able to get any closer than the final 11-point margin.
â€œOur downfall has been long lulls and we didnâ€TMt have that today,â€ said Stratton. â€œWe avoided having a string of bad shots or bad plays in a row.â€
Tripp led UCCS (2-8) with 15 points, while Hoist added 12 and Fiedelman had 10. Hoist and Emily Jenkins each grabbed a game-high eight rebounds.
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