3-point barrage drops Mountain Lions
BILLINGS, Mont. â€" The first game of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springsâ€TM 2009-10 season was a record-setting affair.
Unfortunately, they were all the wrong records.
The Montana State-Billings Yellowjackets knocked down 16 3-pointers, setting a new record for most 3-pointers allowed by a UCCS womenâ€TMs basketball team, in a 91-57 rout of the Mountain Lions Sunday at Alterowitz Gymnasium.
Kalli Stanhope made eight of those 3-pointers, setting a new MSU-Billings individual record, while accounting for a game-high 28 points. Her eight 3s were also just one short of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference single-game record of nine, set last season by Kelsey Burns of Seattle Pacific.
The 16 3-pointers were one shy of matching MSU-Billingsâ€TM team record. The previous record for 3-pointers allowed by UCCS was 14 by Regis on Jan. 29, 2008.
It was certainly not the way new UCCS coach Stephen Kirkham wanted to start his tenure at UCCS.
Mallory Lowe led UCCS with 14 points and seven rebounds. Lauren Holm and Caley Fisher each added 11 points, while Jessica Lynch had a team-best three assists.
Callie Kautzmann added 24 points for Montana State-Billings, while Shantell Marquis had a game-high 11 assists and four steals. Stanhope, Kautzmann and Rachel Hansen each had five rebounds.
UCCS shot a respectable 40 percent from the field, compared to 46.1 percent by MSU-Billings. The rebounding totals were likewise close, with the Yellowjackets gaining a 40-39 advantage. The biggest differences were from 3-point range, where MSU-Billings outshot UCCS 43.2 percent to 23.1 percent, and turnovers, where UCCS had 19 and MSU-Billings just six.
The 91 points scored by the Yellowjackets was the most by a UCCS opponent since Lubbock Christian hit the same mark on Nov. 22, 2008. The 34-point margin of defeat was the largest since West Texas A&M beat UCCS by 40 on Nov. 21, 2008.
Holmâ€TMs jumper just over a minute into the game tied the score at two, the only time the teams would be even. The Yellowjackets responded with a 12-2 run to open a double-digit lead. MSU-Billings outscored UCCS 24-7 over the final nine minutes of the half to go into the intermission leading 47-22.
The Yellowjackets opened the second half with a 22-2 run over the first 4:21 to blow the game open.
The win gave MSU-Billings its second consecutive season-opening win and the 17th consecutive home-opener victory, dating back to the 1991-92 season.
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