Auguste is magnificent as Colorado College stuns UCCS

By Doug Fitzgerald published December 9, 2008

COLORADO SPRINGS â€" In Latin, Augustus means magnificent. On Tuesday evening at the Lionsâ€TM Den, Auguste meant the same thing.

Eliese Hansberry banked in an off-balance jumper with 2.5 seconds, allowing Melanie Augusteâ€TMs huge night to be rewarded as the Colorado College Tigers stunned the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs 69-67.

Auguste, a senior from Cameron Park, Calif., had 25 points, 14 rebounds and six assists to lead Colorado College (4-3). She also led the Tigers back into the game â€" seemingly singlehandedly â€" when it looked as if the Mountain Lions might break it open.

“Sheâ€TMs phenomenal,” said UCCS coach Jessika Caldwell about Auguste. “Sheâ€TMs a fantastic player â€" we knew that coming in.”

After a Nancy Hoist layup gave UCCS (2-5) a 66-57 lead with 4:18 remaining in the game, Auguste scored eight points and grabbed two rebounds as the Tigers went on a 10-0 run to go up 67-66 with 29 seconds left.

“That was the difference in the game, those (four) minutes right there,” said Caldwell. “There was a change in the momentum and thatâ€TMs what carried them on.”

Jazzmin Awa-Williams made one of two free throws to allow UCCS to tie it with 22 seconds left. Auguste missed a jumper 15 seconds later, but the ball came off at an odd angle and Hansberry was able to outfight two UCCS players for possession. From directly in front of the goal, she threw an awkward, over-the-shoulder shot that went off the glass and in.

“CC made the big shots when they had to,” said Caldwell. “(Hansberry) hits a fadeaway shot off of a rebound and banks it in.

“They made the big plays and we didnâ€TMt.”

After allowing the Tigers to shoot 56 percent in the first half, UCCS was able to clamp down defensively, holding Colorado College to just 32.4 percent in the second period. But while the defense was elevating, the offense dissolved. The Mountain Lions shot just 35.5 percent in the half and was painfully careless with the ball.

“We went from having five turnovers (in the first half) to having 14 turnovers in the second half,” said Caldwell. “That just canâ€TMt happen.”

But it did, helping the Tigers take some retribution in the most lopsided series in the Mountain Lionsâ€TM records book. UCCS had won 26 of its past 27 meetings against Colorado College, dating back to 1992. The lone Tiger win over that span, prior to Tuesday, came on Jan. 3, 2003. Over that same period, UCCSâ€TM average margin of victory in the series was 22.8 points per game.

Overall, UCCS leads the series 30-5.

Hansberry added 16 points and eight rebounds for the NCAA Division III Tigers, who outrebounded their Division II opponent 40-36. Emily Wattman-Turner added 11 points and four steals.

Mallory Lowe and Nancy Hoist led UCCS with 12 points each, while Awa-Williams added nine and Janean Jubic had eight, including a halfcourt 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Mountain Lions a 40-38 lead at the half.

The Mountain Lions will begin Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play on Saturday when they face the Western New Mexico Mustangs in Silver City, N.M., which is famous for being Billy the Kidâ€TMs childhood home.

After dealing with Melanie Auguste, UCCS would likely welcome a challenge from the Kid.

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