No shooting equals no shot for UCCS women
GOLDEN â€" The University of Colorado at Colorado Springsâ€TM 60-46 loss Friday evening to the Colorado School of Mines Orediggers had a familiar, if obvious, storyline.
If the Mountain Lions canâ€TMt shoot, they lose.
UCCS (8-13, 6-7 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) shot 28.3 percent from the field. The Mountain Lions came into the game 2-7 when they shoot 35 percent or less.
Make that 2-8.
â€œWe couldnâ€TMt take advantage of our post play,â€ said UCCS coach Jessika Stratton. â€œThey sat three people in the paint and really pushed on our post players.â€
Even with the lack of accuracy, a pair of Janean Jubic 3-pointers tied the score at 32 with 15:44 remaining in the game. Mines answered with a 10-2 run to retake control by controlling the paint.
â€œThatâ€TMs what (the Orediggers) do well,â€ said Stratton. â€œTheir defense wins them games.â€
The lead had grown to 50-40 when Emily Jenkins scored four straight points to put the Mountain Lions within six with 3:24 left. The momentum seemed to be turning as Mines (12-8, 9-3 RMAC) struggled to get a shot off on its next possession. As the shot clock expired, however, Sara Eickelman launched a prayer from 25 feet that hit nothing but net.
UCCS never recovered.
â€œThe breaks didnâ€TMt go our way tonight,â€ said Stratton.
It was the third straight loss, all conference games, for the Mountain Lions.
The Mountain Lions had an atrocious start, hitting every side of the rim but the inside in the opening minutes. Nancy Hoist finally broke the drought with a putback 5:22 into the game.
The poor shooting and seven turnovers in the first nine minutes took its toll as Mines led by as many as eight in the opening period. A late run led by Candace Thorntonâ€TMs 10 points, though, helped UCCS cut the deficit to 28-26 at the intermission.
Thorntonâ€TMs 10 first-half points led the scoring for the Mountain Lions. Jubic added nine, while Jenkins and Tonya Tripp each had eight.
Iva Tomova led the Orediggers with 16 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals â€" all game highs. Eickelman added 13 points.
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