Mountain Lions improve to program-best 4-0
ALAMOSA -- The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs women's basketball team had four players score in double figures as the Mountain Lions extended the best start in school history to 4-0 with a 78-71 victory over the Mayville (N.D.) State Comets Friday afternoon at Plachy Hall.
Nancy Hoist led UCCS with 16 points, while Emily Jenkins added 13. Janean Jubic and Candace Thornton each added 10 points.
Hoist and Jenkins each had nine rebounds, while Tony Tripp, who was limited to just 18 minutes because of foul trouble, added eight.
As it did in UCCS' 3-0 start at the Disney Classic two weeks ago, the Mountain Lions bench contributed. Lauren Holm had nine points and Alex Pitts eight as UCCS got 24 points and 10 rebounds from its reserves.
"The biggest difference between this year's team and last year's," said UCCS coach Jessika Caldwell, "is that we can go to the bench and not lose anything."
It was the first of two games the Mountain Lions will play at the Grizzly Tip-Off Classic, hosted by Adams State. UCCS will face NAIA No. 10-ranked Lubbock Christian Saturday at 1 p.m.
UCCS' previous best start after four games was 3-1 in 2001-02.
Mayville State (2-2), which came into this season ranked No. 24 in NAIA Division II, was led by Jamie Wheeler's 15 points. The Comets, who went 16-13 a year ago, won their first three games, the last of which was an exhibition, before falling at Dana (Neb.), 74-61, on Tuesday night.
Mayville State jumped out to a 5-0 lead Friday before 3-pointers by Tripp and Thornton helped UCCS to a 7-0 run. The score was tied at 19 when a 3-pointer by Holm and seven free throws helped the Mountain Lions close the half with a 10-3 run. The 29-22 lead came despite dismal 24.1 percent shooting by UCCS.
"It was our first game back after a long layoff," said Caldwell. "Our shooting was off but our defense was good. Our defense kept us in the game."
But even good defense can't compensate for edgy shooting forever. The Mountain Lions made only two of their first six attempts in the second half as Mayville State opened 12-4 over the first four minutes to take a one-point lead.
The game was tied at 44 with 11:08 remaining when Jubic and Hoist each nailed 3-pointers to put UCCS up by six. The Comets whittled the lead back down to two with 4:19 left only to see Pitts hit a jumper and Mallory Lowe knock down a 3-pointer to extend the advantage to 67-60 with just 3:30 remaining.
The Mountain Lions made their free throws down the stretch to ice the game.
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