UCCS nearly eliminated from playoff race

By Doug Fitzgerald published February 17, 2007

COLORADO SPRINGS â€" The Colorado School of Mines shot 66.7 percent in the second half to defeat the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs 63-53 Saturday night at the Lionsâ€TM Den, virtually eliminating the Mountain Lions from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference playoffs.

UCCS dropped to 9-16, 7-10 in the RMAC. The loss put the Mountain Lions two games behund Fort Lewis for the eighth and final spot in the RMAC playoffs. UCCS must win its final two games while hoping the Fort Lewis loses both.

And even that's no guarantee. Should the teams finish tied, the RMAC's complex tie-breaking formula will be used to break the deadlock. Since oponents' winning percentages are a key component of the formula and those percentages will change, trying to project who would come out on top is conjecture at best.

Tonya Tripp led UCCS with 15 points, while Dolly Fiedelman added 10. Emily Jenkins had eight points, six rebounds and five steals.

Iva Tomova led Mines (14-11, 11-6 RMAC) with 20 points, eight rebounds and five steals.

A layup by Jenkins tied the game and sent the teams to the intermission 25-25. The game was still tied at 29 with 16:12 remaining when the Orediggers (14-11, 11-6 RMAC) went on an 11-5 run. UCCS was able to trim the lead to three but could not slow the hot-shooting Orediggers for a long enough period to get any closer.

Free throws down the stretch provided the final margin.

The Mountain Lions will conclude the regular season with home games against Nebraska-Kearney on Friday and Chadron State on Saturday.


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