South Dakota hands UCCS third straight loss
The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs women's basketball team dropped its second game at the Hyatt Place Mountain Lion Classic and its third straight overall with an 82-66 loss to the South Dakota Coyotes Saturday evening at the Lions' Den.
Tonya Tripp led the Mountain Lions (4-3) with 26 points on 9-for-14 shooting. The senior from Dilworth, Minn., also had eight rebounds and three assists. Nancy Hoist grabbed a team-high nine rebounds and also had three assists.
Janean Jubic added 15 points but was forced to play all but a few seconds of the game to counter South Dakota's pressing defense.
"We only had nine turnovers, even with the double-team on the post," said UCCS coach Jessika Caldwell. "So that's a positive."
South Dakota's interior defense was particular effective, limiting UCCS forwards Emily Jenkins and Hoist to just eight points on 3-of-22 shooting. As a team, the Mountain Lions shot just 36.8 percent.
By contrast, the Coyotes shot 45.6 percent from the field, including 37.5 percent from 3-point range.
"They're big and they're strong," said Caldwell of the Coyotes. "They throw their hands straight up and throw around their bodies. I think we were too afraid of the contact."
The Mountain Lions opened the game by scoring the first seven points, five by Tripp. South Dakota answered with a 28-11 run to lead by 10 with 5:29 left in the first period. UCCS clawed back, starting with a Jubic 3-pointer and finishing with a slick layup by Jazzmin Awa-Williams, to tie the game at 32 with just under two minutes left in the half.
Jeana Hoffman hit a pair of free throws and a jumper as the Coyotes knocked down five straight points to go into the intermission with a 37-32 lead.
South Dakota opened the second half with an 11-2 run to open a 14-point lead. UCCS was never able to get it under double digits afterward.
Hoffman led South Dakota (3-1) with 21 points. Shannon Daly added 16 points, while Bridget Yoerger had a team-high eight rebounds.
The Coyotes came into this season as the 35th-highest vote getter in the WBCA coaches' poll.
Wayne State went 2-0 to win the tournament. South Dakota and Adams State were both 1-1 and the host Mountain Lions were 0-2.
UCCS opened the season with four straight wins, three of which came as the Mountain Lions won a tournament championship at the Disney Classic in early December.
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