Mountain Lions fend off Mines rally
COLORADO SPRINGS -- Nancy Hoist and Tonya Tripp each scored 10 points as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs held off a spirited second-half Colorado School of Mines rally to defeat the Orediggers 52-47 Saturday evening at the Lions' Den.
Hoist and Tripp grabbed seven and six rebounds respectively for the Mountain Lions (10-14, 4-9 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) and Janean Jubic had six assists.
Two Kirstin Buttars free throws gave UCCS an 11-point lead with 14:15 remaining in the game. The Orediggers worked their way back doggedly over the next 7:43 as Brecca Gaffney scored the first five points of what would ultimately become a 16-6 rally that cut the UCCS lead to 43-42.
"We weren't executing as well as we should have been and had been previously," said Buttars, who scored all eight of her points in the second half.
A Tripp layup, a Jubic 3-pointer and four free throws by Buttars down the stretch enabled the Mountain Lions to keep Mines at arm's length, though. Jubic's shot gave UCCS a five-point lead and it never shrunk below three afterwards.
"Janean's shot was huge," said Buttars. "We all have confidence in her ability to shoot. When she also has confidence, it's going in."
Emily Jenkins had eight points and Jazzmin Awa-Williams seven as five UCCS players scored between seven and 10 points.
"When we play team basketball, we usually win," said Buttars. "When we have balanced scoring we're more effective."
Emily Dalton led Colorado Mines (10-13, 5-8 RMAC) with 12 points, while Stevie Hagemeister added 10.
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