Metro State handles Mountain Lions
COLORADO SPRINGS â€" The Mountain Lions have seen more sharpshooters than a Spaghetti Western this weekend.
The Metro State Roadrunners shot 50 percent from the field and had six players reach double figures to send the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to a 90-68 defeat Saturday evening at the Gallogly Event Center.
On Friday, Regis shot 59.6 percent in a win over UCCS, including 60 percent on 3-pointers. The games were only the second and third times this season that an opponent had shot 50 percent or better against the Mountain Lions. In fact, coming into this weekend, UCCS had been holding its opponents to 37.6 percent shooting overall and 32.7 percent from 3-point range.
"We're climbing a pretty tough mountain right now. Every team expects to shoot well against us and beat us," said UCCS coach Stephen Kirkham. "When people expect to do that, they do it."
Kristin Valencia led Metro State (10-7, 5-4 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) with 18 points Saturday, while her twin sister, Brandi, added 15. Jasmine Cervantes and Alyssa Benson each chipped in 14, followed by Chelsea William with 11 and Candice Kohn with 10.
Kristin Valencia and Cervantes completed their double-doubles with 13 and 11 rebounds respectively, while Cervantes also had seven assists.
Metro State outrebounded UCCS 52-26 despite having no player taller than 5-foot-10. All eight players who saw action for the injury-ravaged Roadrunners were listed as guards on the team's official roster.
"They were so much more physical than we were - so much more physical," said Kirkham. "That was the game."
Lauren Wolfinger led UCCS (5-12, 1-8 RMAC) with 15 points. while Lauren Holm added 14 and Ashley Miller 12. Mallory Lowe had a team-best six rebounds to go along with her nine points.
Metro State used a 12-3 run, with six points each by Williamson and Kristin Valencia, to open a 37-26 lead with 4:03 left in the first half. The gap was 47-37 going into the intermission. A 10-1 run to open the second half eliminated whatever mystery the final result might have had.
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