Mountain Lions fall behind early, can't catch up in loss to Mines
GOLDEN -- Nobody's better at digging holes than an Oredigger.
The Colorado School of Mines put the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs behind big early and led wire-to-wire in a 67-46 victory over the Mountain Lions Friday evening.
Freshman Jazzmin Awa-Williams scored a career-high 15 points to lead UCCS (11-17, 5-12 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
"I have mixed feelings," said Awa-Williams, who also had six rebounds and two assists, of her career night. "I'm bummed it had to come with a loss."
For Awa-Williams and the rest of the younger Mountain Lions, these final three games have added importance as coach Jessika Caldwell gives them extended playing time.
"It means a lot," said Awa-Williams. "We're fighting to show who we are as a team now as well as next year."
Emily Jenkins and Alex Pitts each added seven points, while Jenkins grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.
Emily Dalton led Mines (12-14, 7-9 RMAC) with 16 points, while Peanut Eickelman added 10 points and seven assists.
An active Oredigger defense and cold UCCS shooting in its first game ever at Mines' Lockridge Arena led to an 0-for-11 start from the field for the Mountain Lions. It also meant that it took the Mountain Lions nearly 10 minutes to score their first field goal, a heavily-contested layup by Pitts. They didn't get their second, a Lauren Holm 3-pointer, until 12:14 had expired.
As a result, the Orediggers surged to a 9-1 lead. They then followed a Jenkins free throw with a 9-0 run.
"We talked about how important the first five minutes of the game was and how we needed to come out with energy and intensity," said Caldwell. "We absolutely did not."
Down 18-2, the Mountain Lions managed an 11-5 run to cut the deficit to 23-13 with 5:05 left in the half. The momentum was short-lived, though, as Mines scored seven straight and went to the intermission with a 36-22 lead.
UCCS shot a painful 17.9 percent in the first half.
Despite that, the Mountain Lions scored the first six points of the second half, four by Jenkins, to close to within eight.
"Jazzy (Awa-Williams), Alex (Pitts) and Lauren (Holm) really took advantage of their minutes and got us back into the game," said Caldwell.
But that was as close as UCCS would get. Julie Marshall hit a pair of 3-pointers to spark a 12-0 Oredigger run. After a Holm layup, Mines got a 7-0 run, five of which were scored by Dalton.
And that proved to be a hole too deep to get out of.
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