UCCS digs deep hole early in loss to No. 10-ranked Fort Lewis

By Doug Fitzgerald published January 8, 2010

COLORADO SPRINGS - A scant 16 months ago, the new UCCS Event Center was nothing more than a huge hole in what had previously been a hillside between the campus' University Center and Dwire Hall.

So perhaps it's fitting that the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs women's basketball team opened its luxurious new facility by digging itself a huge hole in what became a 92-56 loss to the No. 10-ranked Fort Lewis Skyhawks Friday evening.

The Mountain Lions didn't score until the 11:37 mark of the first half as Fort Lewis jumped to a 21-0 lead. The advantage swelled to 30-4 before Ashley Miller scored six points during an 11-0 UCCS run that cut the gap to a less daunting 30-15. The momentum was fleeting, though, as the Skyhawks answered with an 11-point run of their own to close out the half leading 41-15.

The Mountain Lions shot a woeful 14.3 percent (4-for-28) in the half.

UCCS gave itself reason for optimism with a strong second half. The Mountain Lions shot 50 percent in the period and made 11 of their 12 free throw attempts, but were still outscored 51-41 in the period.

While it can be argued that UCCS' second-half performance could be diminished because Fort Lewis held such a large lead, calling off the dogs isn't the Skyhawks' style. This is, after all, the same team that showed no mercy in pounding Northern New Mexico 111-18. Friday, the Skyhawks didn't go deep to the bench until there was 5:32 remaining and the 36-point lead they held at that point was still the same at games' end.

Katie Mackey led Fort Lewis (14-2, 4-1 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) with 18 points. Abby Jackson added 12 and Audrey George and Alison Rosel each had 10.

Miller and Mallory Lowe each had 14 points for UCCS (4-0, 0-4 RMAC), while Lowe had a game-high seven rebounds. Lauren Wolfinger led the team with five assists.

The win was the eighth-straight won by Fort Lewis in the series between the teams, dating back to 2005. The average margin of victory in those games has been 21.75.

It doesn't get much easier for the Mountain Lions. While Fort Lewis was ranked No. 10 in the ESPN/WBCA Division II national poll, Saturday's opponent, Adams State, has been listed among the 'also receiving votes' the past two polls.

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