Rally at beginning of second half lifts Nebraska-Kearney past Mountain Lions

By Doug Fitzgerald published January 30, 2009

Thatâ€TMs how golden opportunities slip away.

Fridayâ€TMs game between the Nebraska-Kearney Lopers and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Mountain Lions looked to be a contest of evenly-matched teams as each came into the game with identical 4-5 records in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

It turned out looking a lot more like a history lesson as the Lopers, who now have won 19 of the 21 games all-time between the teams, used a big rally to begin the second half to school UCCS 73-54 at the Lionsâ€TM Den.

Now the Mountain Lions (6-12, 4-6 RMAC), who had hoped to take a step forward in the RMAC playoff picture at home this weekend, have that much more difficult a road before them.

After going into the intermission with a slim 29-28 lead, Nebraska-Kearney took control from the start in the second half, scoring the first 11 points including five by Vanessa Leeper and four by Jonni Mildenberger. That lead grew to 15 at 51-36 after a Kaitin Petri jumper.

UCCS never got closer than 11 after that.

“Weâ€TMve been having a problem with consistency; putting together a first half and a second half,” said UCCS junior Jazzmin Awa-Williams, who had her second double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds. “With a team like Kearney, you canâ€TMt afford to come out slow at any point. They took advantage of it.”

Mildenberger had 22 points and 16 rebounds for Nebraska-Kearney (10-8, 5-5 RMAC), while Meads led all scorers with 23 points, 17 in the first half. Leeper, a graduate of the Colorado Springs School, added 10 points and Kassi Schuppe had seven assists.

Jazzmin Awa-Williams led UCCS with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Ashley Miller matched her career high with 12 points, while Lauren Holm had 10.

The Mountain Lions will face Chadron State on Saturday at the Lionsâ€TM Den.

“I guess the only thing we can do now is to split,” said Awa-Williams, “so now thatâ€TMs our goal â€" to split the weekend and get our record back on track.”

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