Mountain Lion comeback falls short in loss to Newman

By Doug Fitzgerald published November 28, 2008

COLORADO SPRINGS â€" Nancy Hoistâ€TMs jumper at the buzzer missed left as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs was unable to complete its comeback in a 75-73 loss to the Newman Jets Friday evening at the Lionsâ€TM Den.

The game was the second of the 2008 Hyatt Place Mountain Lion Classic. UCCS will face Winona State at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Hoist led all scorers with 14 points while also grabbing a team-high 10 rebounds. Teammates Mallory Lowe and Jazzmin Awa-Williams added 12 points each, with Lowe also contributing nine rebounds. Janean Jubic put in 11 points.

The Mountain Lions, who fell to 0-3 on the season, had several chances to complete its comeback from a 13-point second-half deficit. Trailing by three with two minutes remaining, Jubic missed a 3-pointer but Awa-Williams came in from the back side to nab the offensive rebound. That opportunity went empty because of a UCCS turnover.

After defensive stop was wasted by another turnover, the Mountain Lions converted a Jubic steal into a layup by Awa-Williams to cut the lead to one with 36 seconds remaining. Awa-Williams stole the ball with 30 seconds left and quickly got it upcourt to Payden Ackerman. Her errant 3-pointer, though, forced UCCS to foul with 16 seconds left.

Hadley Freeman, who led Newman (2-3) with 12 points, missed the second free throw, keeping the lead at two. After a Mountain Lion timeout, Ackerman missed a 3-pointer that went off a would-be Newman rebounder and out of bounds with 1.7 seconds left. The inbounds pass got to Hoist, whose turnaround jumper missed the mark.

Hoist was more focused on the impressive comeback than the near miss at the end.

“It shows, I think, that our team has a lot of heart,” she said. “Itâ€TMs easy to give up when youâ€TMre down by 13. To come back and to push your teammates to give that extra effort, it shows we have what it takes to close it out in close games.

“It didnâ€TMt happen tonight, but it shows that weâ€TMre able to do it.”

Newmanâ€TMs Ashley Hanson grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds to go with her 10 points.

The Jetsâ€TM bench was key, accounting for 45 of the teamâ€TMs 75 points while shooting 19-of-32 from the field. Conversely, UCCSâ€TM reserves managed 27 points on 7-of-28 shooting. Take Awa-Williams out of the mix, and the shooting accuracy was a woeful 3-for-20.

UCCS also hurt itself from the foul line, making just four of its first 10 attempts and 21-of-34 (61.8 percent) for the game.

The Jets ended a back-and-forth first half with a 6-0 run to go to the intermission with a 42-34 lead. UCCS whittled it down to two, but consecutive 3-pointers by Freeman extended the deficit.

The Mountain Lions worked it back down to five on a 3-pointer by Jubic with 11:12 left, but Newman answered with 3-pointers by Diana Santillan and Freeman sandwiched around a jumper by Jessica Forshee to make it 66-53 with just under nine minutes remaining.

“Itâ€TMs just the game of basketball,” said Hoist. “Teams make runs. It just comes down to who pulls it out in the end and they did that tonight.”

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