Mountain Lions blown out at Fort Lewis
DURANGO -- Facing the best team in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference on its home court is never easy. Doing it minus your leading scorer and rebounder, well, that's a daunting proposition.
Playing without senior center Tonya Tripp, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs was beaten 82-44 Saturday by the Fort Lewis Skyhawks at Whalen Athletic Center.
The Mountain Lions' senior center was serving a team-imposed, one-game suspension for receiving a technical foul during Friday's loss to Mesa State.
"Our integrity and attitude on the floor are very important," said UCCS coach Jessika Caldwell. "The policy's in place so that we uphold those values."
Without Tripp, UCCS shot just 28.8 percent from the field. The Mountain Lions also struggled with the Fort Lewis trap, committing 27 turnovers, which led to 36 Skyhawk points.
Emily Jenkins and Nancy Hoist led UCCS (8-10, 2-5 RMAC) with eight points each and Janean Jubic added seven. Jenkins also had 10 rebounds and four steals.
Katie Mackey led Fort Lewis (14-1, 7-0 RMAC) with 16 points.
Two Nancy Hoist free throws gave the Mountain Lions a 17-16 lead with 6:30 remaining in the first half when Fort Lewis stepped up the defensive pressure. UCCS was forced into eight turnovers over the next four minutes as the Skyhawks went on a 9-0 run.
Fort Lewis outshot UCCS 44.4 percent to 24.1 percent to go into the intermission with a 35-23 lead.
The Skyhawks opened the second half making five of their first seven field goal attempts to expand the lead to 17 at the 14-minute mark and the rout was on.
After a Hoist layup with 9:35 remaining made it 56-38, Fort Lewis scored 22 consecutive points over the next six minutes. The Skyhawks make 8-of-11 from the field, five of which were 3-pointers, during the run.
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