No. 8 Concordia-St. Paul drops UCCS

By Doug Fitzgerald published December 29, 2007

DENVER -- Coming off its first back-to-back 50 percent shooting games in at least eight seasons, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs' offense shifted hard into reverse Saturday, making just 22.5 percent of its attempts in a 68-47 defeat at the hands of the No. 8 Concordia-St. Paul Golden Bears at the Auraria Events Center.

The Mountain Lions, who shot 53.3 percent Friday against Newman and 54.9 percent Dec. 14 against Western State, acted as if the rim was just a rumor Saturday. UCCS made just four of its 30 first half attempts to go into the intermission trailing 33-12.

"We came out very tight because of their big presence," said UCCS coach Jessika Caldwell. "They forced us to shoot quickly and without rhythm."

The game was UCCS' second at the Comfort Inn Christmas Classic women's basketball tournament. The loss dropped the Mountain Lions to 5-8 for the season and 5-2 at neutral sites.

Emily Jenkins led UCCS with 13 points, while Tonya Tripp and Whitney Knobbe added seven each. Tripp grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.

Katie LaViolette led Concordia-St. Paul (12-0) with 13 points and 12 assists.

The Mountain Lions' defense was good enough that anything short of the disastrous shooting performance they got would have kept them in the game. Post players Tripp, Nancy Hoist, Alex Pitts and Mallory Lowe limited Bears All-American candidate Amanda Behnke to six points, well below the 18.7-point average to date.

"We did everything defensively that we wanted to do," said Caldwell. "If we could have scored, it could have been different.

"We need to return to that 50 percent feeling."

They'll have their chance to do just that this weekend when UCCS returns to Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play. The Mountain Lions will host New Mexico Highlands on Friday and Western New Mexico on Saturday.


UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Emily JenkinsEmily Jenkins22FSo.
Emily JenkinsEmily Jenkins22FSo.
Emily JenkinsEmily Jenkins33FJr.
Emily JenkinsEmily Jenkins33FSr.
Whitney KnobbeWhitney Knobbe24G
Whitney KnobbeWhitney Knobbe24G
Nancy HoistNancy Hoist40F
Nancy HoistNancy Hoist40F
Nancy HoistNancy Hoist40F
Tonya TrippTonya Tripp43C
Tonya TrippTonya Tripp43CSr.
Mallory LoweMallory Lowe34C/F
Mallory LoweMallory Lowe34C/F
Mallory LoweMallory Lowe34C/F
Alex PittsAlex Pitts21FFr.
Alex PittsAlex Pitts50FSo.
Alex PittsAlex Pitts44FJr.
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