Adams State shoots past Mountain Lions
COLORADO SPRINGS -- Vera Jo Bustos scored 25 points on 11-for-15 shooting to lead the Adams State Grizzlies to a 70-50 victory over the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Friday evening at the Lions' Den in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opener for both teams.
Behind Bustos and Nicole Tatum's 5-for-8 shooting, the Grizzlies shot 54.9 percent, the highest percentage allowed by the Mountain Lions this season. The previous high was 48.4 percent by Wayne State on Nov. 23.
UCCS, meanwhile, shot just 35 percent Friday, including a miserable 11.8 percent (2-for-17) from 3-point range. Coming into the game, the Mountain Lions had converted on 36.6 percent of their 3-point range. The consequence of the poor shooting was a season-worst scoring night. UCCS' previous low this season was 60 against Lubbock Christian on Nov. 17.
"We had a bad night; we had open shots," said UCCS forward Jazzmin Awa-Williams, who had eight points and six rebounds, Friday. "Coach told us the key was finishing and we didn't do that as well as they did."
That difference came from Adams State's ability, and UCCS' inability, to take advantage of a stark contrast in styles. The Grizzlies are a small, quick team that has three players shorter than 5-foot-5 in their rotation. The Mountain Lions are a bigger, more powerful team with a dominant post player in Tonya Tripp.
"We wanted to use our size advantage to crash but they ended up running it back on us," said Awa-Williams. "(They used their speed) to get fast breaks and put us in bad position."
UCCS (4-5) has now lost five straight games.
Tripp led Mountain Lions with 14 points. She also had six rebounds and three blocked shots. Nancy Hoist added nine points.
Tatum and Laurel Mortensen each added 12 points for Adams State (3-3). Brandie Telfer and Vanessa Wesolowski each had six rebounds as the Grizzlies outrebounded the bigger Mountain Lions 40-29.
The first period was a half of runs. A Mortensen layup capped a 7-0 Adams State spurt that gave the Grizzlies a 16-8 lead. The Mountain Lions countered with a six-point run of their own as Emily Jenkins' jumper cut the lead to two.
Not to be outdone, Adams State immediately started a 9-0 run behind five points by Bustos. The Grizzlies' lead would grow to 16, 39-23, at the intermission.
A jumper by Candace Thornton with 10:29 remaining cut the deficit to nine but that's as close as the Mountain Lions would get.
UCCS will play Colorado State-Pueblo Saturday at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.
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