Metro State tops UCCS

By Donna Young published February 9, 2008

COLORADO SPRINGS - Despite Tonya Tripp having 19 points and Jazzmin Awa-Williams and Nancy Hoist both having eight points, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs was unable to keep up with the Metro State Roadrunners, falling by a score of 57-43 on Saturday evening at the Lion's Den.

The Roadrunners scored the first seven points of the game and then went on a 9-0 run to lead the Mountain Lions 19-8 with 10:55 left in the first. Janean Jubic left the game with a right ankle injury, but returned three minutes later with a taped up ankle. A blocked shot by Awa-Williams helped to end Metro's run and the Mountain Lions pulled within six points going into halftime.

"It felt good, especially because I grabbed the ball after," Awa-Williams said of her block. "I was working hard.

"In the first half, we were able to get into the post and either finish it or draw the foul. That was our best asset."

At the start of the second half, the Roadrunners increased their lead to 30-23 1:40 into the half. With a steal by Lauren Holm leading to a Hoist layup and a free throw, the Mountain Lions pulled within four, the closest margin of the game.

Down by eleven, another steal was made by Emily Jenkins and led to Awa-Williams free throws bringing them within nine. From that point on, the Roadrunner's widened the deficit to 18. UCCS lessened the gap but were defeated by 14.

"In the first half, they weren't hitting their shots, and we played tough defense," said Awa-Williams. "In the second half, we had some breakdowns, some mental lapses, and we had too many turnovers."

Tripp led the Mountain Lions with 19 points and eight rebounds. Hoist had eight points, and Awa-Williams had five rebounds and had eight points going 6-6 in free throws.

"Coach has been stressing about finishing, not only free throws but layups, too," Awa-Williams explained. "So, we've been doing extra practice on our free throws, and today I just sunk them."

Metro was led in points by Cassondra Bratton with 13 and Paige Powers who had 12. Ashley Mickens had 10 rebounds and Chelsea Williamson had eight rebounds.

With the loss, UCCS falls to a record of 10-05 (4-10 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference). Metro moves up to 15-7 (11-3 RMAC).

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Emily JenkinsEmily Jenkins33FSr.
Emily JenkinsEmily Jenkins33FJr.
Emily JenkinsEmily Jenkins22FSo.
Emily JenkinsEmily Jenkins22FSo.
Nancy HoistNancy Hoist40F
Nancy HoistNancy Hoist40F
Nancy HoistNancy Hoist40F
Tonya TrippTonya Tripp43C
Tonya TrippTonya Tripp43CSr.
Jazzmin Awa-WilliamsJazzmin Awa-Williams30F
Jazzmin Awa-WilliamsJazzmin Awa-Williams30F
Janean JubicJanean Jubic12GSo.
Janean JubicJanean Jubic12GFr.
Janean JubicJanean Jubic21GJr.
Janean JubicJanean Jubic21GSr.
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