Fire alarm interrupts game six minutes too early to help tired Mountain Lions
COLORADO SPRINGS â€" With 9:08 remaining in Saturdayâ€TMs womenâ€TMs basketball game between the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and the Metro State Riadrunners, the fire alarm at UCCS was activated and the Lionsâ€TM Den had to be, albeit briefly, evacuated.
Mountain Lions fans could only wish it had happened six minutes earlier.
Metro State used a second half rally to blow past a tired UCCS team 83-70, ending the Mountain Lionsâ€TM season with an 8-19 record, 6-13 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
Two free throws by Lauren Holm gave UCCS a 40-39 lead with 15:29 remaining in the game. Over the next six minutes, though, the Roadrunners reeled off a 21-9 run to take a 60-49 lead when the fire alarm interrupted the game.
The delay didnâ€TMt help. Metro State outscored UCCS 23-21 the rest of the way and advanced to the RMAC playoffs with a 12-7 conference record, 14-13 overall.
The Mountain Lions, who were coming off an emotional double overtime loss to Regis on Saturday and facing a fresh Metro State squad, couldnâ€TMt keep up the pace as the game wore on.
â€œIn the second half, we were a step slow defensively,â€ said UCCS coach Jessika Caldwell. â€œWe just couldnâ€TMt get to the ball when we needed to and they were able to penetrate past us.â€
Nancy Hoist, the Mountain Lionsâ€TM lone senior of senior night, led the team with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Lauren Holm added 10 points and five assists, while Janean Jubic had six assists.
â€œNancy played one of the best games of her career, which was fitting considering that was her last game,â€ said Caldwell.
Megan Sinclair led Metro State with 27 points and seven assists. Freshmen Jasmine Cervantes and Sharaya Selsor added 15 and 13 points respectively.
Metro State led by as many as six in the first half, but UCCS was able to outscore the Roadrunners 21-11 over the final 9:46 to take a 34-30 advantage into the intermission.
â€œI though our kids fought, especially in the first half when we were down a little bit and came back to gain the lead,â€ said Caldwell.
The Mountain Lions finished the season with a five-game losing streak and having lost 11 of their final 13.
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