Jiblits gets double-double in first start as Mountain Lions halt losing streak
GOODWELL, Okla. â€" Kallie Jiblits had a double-double in her first career start to help the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs snap its six-game losing streak with a 66-39 victory over the Oklahoma Panhandle State Aggies Saturday afternoon.
Jiblits, who is in her first season on the Mountain Lions basketball team after coming to UCCS as a volleyball player, had 11 points and 11 rebounds. Teammate Mallory Lowe also had a big game with 17 points, nine rebounds and a career-high four blocked shots.
â€œShe did a really good job in her first start,â€ said UCCS coach Stephen Kirkham of Jiblits. â€œShe was aggressive both offensively and defensively.â€
Freshman Lauren Wolfinger, had nine assists, just two short of the UCCS record for assists in a game. That mark was set by Stephanie Frisch on Jan. 29, 1997 against Southern Colorado. Janean Jubic added nine points, while Payden Ackerman and Ashley Miller each had eight.
â€œWe changed some things up this week in practice. We went to simpler offense and had some success with it,â€ said Kirkham. â€œWe got the extra passes and that gave us a chance to get our feet set on some 3-pointers.â€
UCCS was active defensively from the outset, preventing Panhandle State from scoring its first point until the 12:26 mark of the first half. The Aggies didnâ€TMt score again until there was 8:25 remaining and missed their first 11 field goal attempts.
Jiblits and Lowe had half of UCCSâ€TM rebounds as the Mountain Lions had a 40-31 edge on the glass.
â€œWeâ€TMve been a pretty good rebounding team all season,â€ said Kirkham. â€œWe got some transition points tonight that weâ€TMve been missing this season.â€
The Mountain Lions used the defense to build a 14-1 lead, which was fewer than hoped considering the dominance. UCCS went into the intermission holding a 24-12 lead, having held the Aggies to 17.2 percent shooting.
The offense picked up considerably for the Mountain Lions in the second half as the team shot 51.4 percent and scored 42 points. UCCS opened the half with a 12-0 run and was never seriously threatened afterward.
Nefeteria Davis led Panhandle State (4-7) with nine points.
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