Lopez twin lead Regis to win

By Doug Fitzgerald published January 30, 2007

COLORADO SPRINGS â€" Denise Lopez scored 29 points, including a remarkable 18-for-19 performance from the foul line, to lead the No. 23 Regis Rangers to a 68-58 victory over the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Mountain Lions Tuesday evening at the Lionsâ€TM Den.

Lopezâ€TMs twin sister, Diana, added 18 points while making all eight of her free throws. The sisters also combined for 18 rebounds. Tonya Tripp led UCCS (8-12, 6-6 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) with 12 points. Candace Thornton added 10 points, while Emily Jenkins and Tripp had 11 and 10 rebounds respectively.

Diana Lopez had seven steals for Regis (16-4, 11-1 RMAC) as the Rangers forced 31 turnovers. The UCCS giveaways squandered a 41.2 percent to 29.1 percent shooting advantage.

A Janean Jubic 3-pointer at the first-half buzzer gave the Mountain Lions their first lead, 32-30, since the 15:57 mark. The Rangers answered by opening the second half with a 9-2 run, including seven points by Denise Lopez, that gave them a 33-28 lead.

UCCS recovered the lead, 52-50, on a Tripp jumper with 4:45 remaining. The score was tied at the three-minute mark, when consecutive drives by Diana Lopez gave Regis a 60-56 advantage 45 seconds later. From there Regis made eight consecutive free throws, four by each twin, while UCCS was unable to answer.

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Emily JenkinsEmily Jenkins22FSo.
Emily JenkinsEmily Jenkins22FSo.
Emily JenkinsEmily Jenkins33FJr.
Emily JenkinsEmily Jenkins33FSr.
Tonya TrippTonya Tripp43C
Tonya TrippTonya Tripp43CSr.
Janean JubicJanean Jubic12GFr.
Janean JubicJanean Jubic12GSo.
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