Tripp leads UCCS to second win at Disney
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Tonya Tripp had 28 points and 12 rebounds to lead the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to an 84-74 victory over the Limestone Saints Saturday at the Milk Barn at Disney's Wide World of Sports.
Tripp, a 6-foot-1 senior, shot 12-for-20 from the field and also had four blocked shots and four assists.
"Tonya is such a force; she creates such mismatches inside" said UCCS coach Jessika Caldwell. "We knew we had to take advantage of that."
Emily Jenkins added 12 points and 12 rebounds and Nancy Hoist had 11 rebounds for the Mountain Lions, who had a 55-42 advantage on the boards.
"I wish we had actually done a lot better," said Tripp. "They outrebounded us 22-19 on the offensive glass."
Candace Thornton and Jazzmin Awa-Williams each had 10 points, while Hoist had eight and Janean Jubic seven. Jubic also had nine assists, the highest total by a Mountain Lion since Maribeth Martinez had the same number against Pittsburg State on Nov. 18, 2005.
"She worked so hard this summer; I'm so proud of her," said Tripp of Jubic. "You can really count on her to make the big pass when you need it.
The game was the second of three the Mountain Lions are scheduled to play at the 2007 Disney Division II Tip-Off East Coast Classic. UCCS will finish its trip to Disney Sunday against Bellarmine.
It took the Mountain Lions two games of the 2007-08 season to accomplish what it took 10 to do a year ago -- win twice. UCCS lost its first six games of 2006-07 and didn't get its second win until 10th game of the season.
Tiffany Jones led Limestone (0-2) with 16 points Saturday, while Essence Greer added 14 points and 14 rebounds.
The full-court pressure that bothered the Mountain Lions in the first half of Friday's game was not a problem Saturday. Limestone pressed from the opening whistle to little effect.
Limestone didn't get their second field goal until the 9:32 mark. By that time, UCCS had built a 21-10 lead. The Saints managed to close to within four, but UCCS' power game allowed the Mountain Lions to go to the half with a 44-35 advantage.
That lead swelled to as many as 22 before a rally in the final five minutes, during which UCCS committed seven turnovers, helped the Saints reduce the final margin to 10.
"We have to do a better job of learning how to manage the game at the end," said Caldwell. "It's only out second game of the season so this is a good lesson to learn this early."
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