Heavy lifting lifts Lions
LAS VEGAS, N.M. â€" Itâ€TMs common to use a dolly and a hoist when heavy lifting is needed. Fortunately for University of Colorado at Colorado Springs coach Jessika Stratton, she had both available Saturday night.
Dolly Fiedelman scored 18 points and Nancy Hoist added 17 points as the Mountain Lions won their second straight game, 92-74 over the New Mexico Highlands Cowgirls at John A. Wilson Complex.
Emily Jenkins recorded her fifth straight double-double for UCCS (4-8, 3-2 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference with 12 points and 14 rebounds. Candace Thornton added 12 points while Stacy LaBuhn had a game-high five assists to go along with her nine points.
â€œ(Jenkins is) just an animal,â€ said Fiedelman. â€œYou can always count on Emily to get those big rebounds and contribute offensively.â€
It was easily the highest offensive output of the season for UCCS, which came into the game averaging just 54.7 points per game. The previous high output was 69 in a loss to Kansas Wesleyan on Dec. 29.
â€œWe had a big size advantage tonight so we tried to establish ourselves inside first,â€ said Fiedelman. â€œThat opened up our outside shots.â€
That inside-out strategy allowed UCCS to shoot a season-high 51.6 percent from the field, including 6-of-19 from 3-point range.
Delischa Utsey led the badly outsized Cowgirls (1-1, 1-4 RMAC) with 22 points. Darrina Bledsoe added 17 points, while DeShawn Wiliams had 10 points and 12 rebounds.
After trailing 43-31 at the half, New Mexico Highlands made a run when Hoist picked up her fourth foul with 17:42 left in the game. The Cowgirls scored five in the next two possessions to cut the lead to 47-36. Six consecutive points by Williams helped close the gap to 58-52 with just under 13 minutes remaining.
â€œOne of biggest problems that weâ€TMve had all season is that we go up and then we let (the opponent) come back,â€ said Fiedelman. â€œWe know that theyâ€TMre going to go on runs. We have to make sure that they donâ€TMt sustain those runs.â€
Fiedelman made certain that they didnâ€TMt. Her 3-pointer at the 12:42 mark sparked a 7-0 run to increase the lead to 13. The Cowgirls never got closer than 11 after that.
â€œI knew that we needed a bucket,â€ said Fiedelman. â€œI was open and my feet were set.â€
Hoist scored the Mountain Lionsâ€TM first five points to give a preview of what was to come. The sophomore from Captain Cook, Hawaii, finished the half with 11 points.
A pair of 3-pointers by Candace Thornton, only her third and fourth of the season, spurred an 11-3 UCCS run that gave the Mountain Lions a 20-11 lead at the 10-minute mark.
Highlands responded immediately, reeling off nine straight over the next two minutes to tie the game at 20.
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