Mountain Lions end season with big win over Chadron
COLORADO SPRINGS â€"The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs had five different players score in double digits as they concluded a rough season on a high note Saturday night, as they defeated the Chadron State Eagles 87-66 in the Lionsâ€TM Den.
Both Candace Thornton and Emily Jenkins notched double-doubles for the Mountain Lions. Jenkins finished with 13 points, 12 rebounds, while Thornton had 10 points and 11 rebounds. Senior Dolly Fiedelman finished with 13 points and Nancy Hoist chipped in 16. Lauren Holm scored a career-high 15 points on five-for-seven shooting as the Mountain Lions shot 60.7 percent from the field in the second half.
Fiedelman struggled early in the game missing her first four shot attempts, but eventually settled down to score all 13 of her points in the second half and move her into 21st place for career scoring in school history with 469 total points.
"I had a lot of nervous energy to start tonight," said Fiedelman. "I was trying to take advatage of every possession and every moment out there."
Early in the second half a Tera Schmid 3-pointer brought the Eagles to with nine, 50-41, with 12 minutes remaining. That was as close as the Eagles came as the Mountain Lions (10-17, 8-11 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) finished the game on a 37-15 run.
Sunni Busch led the Eagles with a game-high 17 points and 10 rebounds. Natalyn Cumings added 12 points and four rebounds.
The Mountain Lions had one of its higher steal outputs of the season with 13 and limited the Eagles (2-25, 1-17 RMAC) to just six.
Despite having the knowledge that their season was over after the game, the Mountain Lions came out and played the game just like it was any other.
"We had to fight through a lot of adversity this season," said Fiedelman. "We didn't meet the expectations we had set, but we grew a lot over the season.
Playing without leading scorer Tonya Tripp for the second consecutive night, Caroline Ottino saw significant playing time and once again made the most of it grabbing nine rebounds and tied a season-high mark with nine points, which she had set the previous night.
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