UCCS women Tripp up Colorado College
COLORADO SPRINGS â€" In a battle of size versus spunk, size won Tuesday night.
Tonya Tripp had 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to a 72-67 victory over in-town rival Colorado College at the Lionsâ€TM Den.
The Mountain Lionsâ€TM 6-foot-1 center was difficult for the smaller Tigers to handle. Two Colorado College players fouled out trying to defend Tripp and a third ended up with four fouls. Tripp finished the game 8-for-10 from the foul line.
â€œ(Colorado College) played a great zone,â€ said UCCS coach Jessika Stratton. â€œWeâ€TMve been working on attacking the zone a lot and we did good job getting the ball inside.â€
But Colorado Collegeâ€TMs dynamic guard Melanie Auguste was equally difficult for UCCS to deal with. At just 5-foot-6, the quick-yet-powerful Auguste had 22 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and three steals.
After trailing by as many as nine in the first half, the Tigers (6-8) put together a 14-9 run to end the first half. They kept that momentum into the second half and even took a 37-36 lead with 15:46 remaining.
â€œWe have to hit some outside shots so they canâ€TMt collapse on the post,â€ said Stratton. â€œWe couldnâ€TMt get the outside shots to fall tonight.â€
The Mountain Lions shot a dismal 33.9 percent from the field, including 2-for-21 from 3-point range. The saving grace was the ability to dominate the paint, allowing them to get 41 free throw attempts, 32 of which they converted.
After UCCSâ€TM Emily Jenkins tied the score at 56 with just under five minutes remaining, the Mountain Lions went back to what had worked early in the game. They pounded the ball inside and Tripp managed two short jumpers. She, and guard Dolly Fiedelman, also managed to get to the line. UCCS scored 12 of its final 16 points on free throws with seven of those points coming from Tripp and six from Fiedelman.
Nancy Hoist had 12 points for UCCS (7-10), while Jenkins added seven points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots. With three more games in the next seven days, coach Jessika Stratton went to her bench early and often. Nine Mountain Lions scored four or more points.
UCCS will play Colorado Christian Friday, Metro State Saturday and Regis Tuesday. All three games will be played in the Lionsâ€TM Den and will tip-off at 6 p.m.
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