UCCS women fall to Regis
DENVER â€" The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs womenâ€TMs basketball teamâ€TMs already-slim playoff hopes took yet another hit Tuesday as the Mountain Lions were beaten 74-49 by the Regis Rangers at Regis Fieldhouse.
UCCS fell to 9-15 overall and, more importantly, 7-9 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. The Mountain Lions, who have three home games remaining, are trying to catch 8-7 Mesa State, which has four road games left on the schedule.
â€œWe have to show up for the next three games,â€ said UCCS senior Dolly Fiedelman. â€œAll three are winnable games.â€
But to win them the Mountain Lions will have to shoot better than they did on Tuesday. UCCS shot just 30.9 percent from the field and 40 percent (8-forr-20) from the foul line.
Not coincidentally, the only three UCCS players to shoot better that 33 percent were the teamâ€TMs top three scorers. Tonya Tripp (5-of-11) and Candace Thornton (5-of-13) each scored 13 points while Fiedelman (4-of-10) added 11.
â€œYou canâ€TMt win if you donâ€TMt shoot,â€ said UCCS coach
After a layup by Fiedelman cut the UCCS deficit to 17-13 with 11:10 remaining in the first half, the Rangers launched upon an 18-3 run behind nine points by Stevi Seitz.
A 3-pointer by Thornton in the closing seconds helped the Mountain Lions finish the half with a 12-5 run that sent them to the locker room down 40-28 and with some hope. That hope was extinguished early as UCCS opened the second half by going scoreless over the first 5:53, a stretch that include shot clock violations on three consecutive possessions.
â€œThey were playing a type of matchup zone,â€ said Fiedelman. â€œWe couldnâ€TMt get any rotation from one side of the court to the other.â€
UCCS adjusted, but too late. By the time Nancy Hoistâ€TMs free throw ended the drought, Regis had built an insurmountable 49-29 lead.
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